Here’s a garden I’ve shown you twice before, but I never get tired of touring it. Beautifully designed, inviting, with whimsical and personal vignettes, landscape architect Tait Moring‘s personal garden on Bee Caves Road has been previously featured on the Wildflower Center-sponsored Gardens on Tour. (So were all the gardens on tour this year, its 10th anniversary.) Tait kindly invited me and blogger friends to come early, before the crowds arrived. I was keen to see how it had changed since my previous visits in May 2011 and October 2012.
Is this gravel ‘gator new? I don’t know, but I enjoyed the surprise of seeing it “swimming” through the gravel path below the back deck. A goth-looking aeonium and feathery larkspur in pots add color to the vignette.
Tait used leftover stone, pavers, and bricks to build this patchwork path from the deck to the outdoor shower. The cedar screen around the shower has been taken down temporarily; I forget why. I like Tait’s clean-lined bench, which holds a few potted cactus.
Just past the shower, this fanciful iron gate leads to the driveway. Turning the other way, it leads to…
…a raised-bed vegetable garden built on the edge of the canyon that Tait’s home overlooks. Check out the gorgeous stonework on the central square.
Annuals like larkspur take up some of the space in the raised beds. The blue pot echoes the deep blue of the larkspur.
Out by the driveway I noticed this artistic stack of old roofing tiles, which Tait transformed into a cylindrical container and filled with glossy tumbled stones.
Tait uses potted succulents on porches and decks to great effect, including this little echeveria in a matching, blue-green pot atop a tile with a swirling design.
It sits on the steps of a clean-lined concrete porch at the front door. Petite boxwood hedges embrace the porch, softening its lines, and a limestone-capped, contemporary-style fountain and raised pond act as the focal point for the entry garden.
Fig ivy cloaks the fountain’s wall structure. Boxwood clipped into a “peaked-roof” hedge adds more structure.
Atop the outer fountain wall, this white pot, which held an aloe on a previous visit, now contains a ‘Sticks on Fire’ euphorbia. An arrangement of white seashells adds a collector’s touch.
I love this line of tall, bronze pots along a low retaining wall by the driveway. A few years ago they all contained giant hesperaloe. This time, three of the pots contain yellow Hesperaloe parviflora — the yellow version of the more commonly grown red yucca.
The pale yellow wands look fantastic against the gray-green of the painted brick. Waves of Mexican feathergrass echo the pale yellow blooms.
Directly across the driveway, large boulders and a limestone retaining wall help level a large, decomposed-granite parking area. The white pot in the background…
…leads you to a small circular lawn whose entrance is marked by a patchwork path and old wooden doors.
A glimpse of a sculpted figure set in a bamboo grove leads the eye.
From the lawn, a stepping-stone path curves through the bamboo screen, leading to busy Bee Caves Road just beyond the cedar fence that filters the light so beautifully.
The parking area, which supports Tait’s design business. Large pots on stone plinths accent the space.
The stock tank visible two photos above is seen here as the focal point through the gate leading to the back garden. A curved cedar branch arches over the gate. The limestone wall to the left is a work of art…
…made up of personal mementos from Tait’s childhood and more recent collections. More white pots in front hold drought-tolerant succulents.
A neatly edged, rectangular lawn opens up behind the house, leading to a swimming pool backed by a stone wall. A pair of ancient-looking stone columns on each side of the lawn are topped with potted agaves.
The wooded garden alongside the lawn is green with shade-loving plants and a couple of water features, like this slender birdbath.
The pool garden has tropical ambiance with lush foliage and bromeliads tucked into the limestone wall. The gleeful photobomber is my friend Cat.
Tait’s garden includes acres of woodland along the canyon’s rim and down into the valley below. Along mulched paths carved through the woods, he’s tucked small seating areas like this.
Flowering prickly pear cascades over a rock ledge.
A large gate that matches the fanciful iron gate in the vegetable garden stretches across the end of the driveway, separating his garden from his work storage area.
And a San Antonio contingent! Shirley (Rock-Oak-Deer), her designer friend Linda (future blogger?), and Heather (Xericstyle). I’m so glad to see these fun San Antonio bloggers coming to Austin for garden tours.
Up next: I’ll be posting about one more garden on this year’s tour, the Stratford Lane garden. Stay tuned!
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