Our fourth and final stop on the Wildflower Center-sponsored Gardens on Tour was the Kempson Drive garden. Tucked in the suburban back yard of a hilly, new-ish development of same-looking, two-story homes in southwest Austin, this garden offered a dual surprise. One side of the garden featured a xeric, sun-loving mix of grasses, salvias, agaves, and small flowering perennials. The other side (which, to my regret, I didn’t photograph) preserved the junipers and other small trees original to the property, carving trails beneath their canopy and using them as a shady counterpoint to the adjacent sunny garden and as a living screen between their yard and the exposed properties nearby.
The sunny side stole the show, with waving feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima ), pink Autumn sage (Salvia greggii ), prickly pear (Opuntia ), and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria ), a non-native with beautiful silver foliage and hot-pink blossoms, pictured on the right.
I believe this is a smooth-leaf sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum ).
Blond Mexican feathergrass sets off the blooms and foliage of other xeric plants so beautifully.
It was hot, in the mid-90s, and we enjoyed a stroll under the junipers before we departed. My thanks to Diana for driving. It was fun to see the gardens with fellow bloggers.
For a look at the previous garden I visited at Buckeye Trail, click here. Thanks for following along with me on this garden tour. I hope you enjoyed it.
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