Easy outdoor living in garden of designer B. Jane: Austin Open Days Tour 2017

For a refreshing contemporary design with fun colors and a restrained palette of tough-as-nails native plants, designer B. Jane‘s garden is the place to hang out. Her personal garden in Austin’s Brentwood neighborhood was featured on the Garden Conservancy-sponsored Open Days tour a couple of weeks ago. Turquoise, orange, and gray set the color scheme for her garden decor on the front porch.

But before we head to her back-yard getaway, let’s explore the no-lawn front garden, where linear masses of agave, Gulf muhly grass, and prickly pear grow, with silver ponyfoot filling in all around. A low concrete wall at the L-turn in the Lueders limestone front walk displays the house number.

It abuts a curved wall at right, creating a nook for a recirculating water feature.

An angular, stepping-stone path path leads through a gap in the curved wall to a circular secret-garden space, where lush foliage helps screen the neighbor’s driveway and garbage cans from view.

B. makes circles around her trees with pea gravel and generously spaced edging — here a concrete ring. I like the way it sets off the tree trunks and creates a little tree patio. Asparagus fern and ginger add subtropical lushness.

Here’s the view back toward the street. Wouldn’t this make a fun hideaway play space for kids?

Another tree circle as seen from the driveway, with fan-like palmetto and fluffy asparagus fern.

As you enter the back garden, the first thing you see is a rectangular swimming pool with colorful tiles — in shades of turquoise, orange, and gray — at the water line. B.’s husband offices in the orange-doored room with a cool steel awning.

A dining patio and sitting area connect the home’s kitchen with…

…a wood-burning grill and outdoor kitchen. This place is made for entertaining and relaxing.

Cactus bowl with glass mulch

B. tossed in a bunch of colorful beach balls to echo the tile colors and add a fun vibe. A chaise lounge deck at the other end of the pool has a punch of color too, with orange cube tables and striped pillows. A notched concrete wall backs the chairs and creates privacy.

Beautifully furnished and Instagram ready

‘Gracilis’ bamboo lines much of the garden’s perimeter for additional privacy. Bamboo needs to be pruned up regularly (like, really regularly) to keep it looking its best, and B.’s is nicely pruned to show off the yellow and blue-green culms.

A steel planter box with succulents, a small Buddha, and gray river stones make a Zen-like vignette amid the bamboo.

A stone fire pit and surrounding seat wall occupies the far corner of the garden. Aztec grass brightens up the shady corner. Notice the modern concrete wall topped with a steel trellis — a clean-lined backdrop for the garden.

The diagonal view back toward the house and dining patio

Another patio is tucked in the arbor-shaded niche between the outdoor kitchen and her husband’s office. A narrow storage space is hidden behind the patio’s wooden screen.

Beyond the chaise lounge deck is a semi-private patio with a hot tub. An ipe gate in a concrete wall can be closed for complete privacy from the main garden.

Entry detail, with fig ivy winding its way up the concrete wall.

The hot tub deck is inviting with a Zen-like seating area and an outdoor shower. B. offices in the orange-doored room at the end of the deck.

Bamboo creates a narrow wall of greenery, and a cardboard palm mulched with round river rock grows in the white bullet planter.

From the hot tub deck, you look out on the lounge deck. What a place to relax or play, eh?

Thanks for sharing your garden on tour, B.! If you’d like another tour around B.’s garden from last spring, click here.

Up next: The Lakemoore Drive garden designed by Curt Arnette. For a look back at the lovely Casey Boyter-designed garden at Cloverleaf Drive, click here.

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4 Responses

  1. Kris P says:

    Another great garden! I wish I had that much self-discipline with my garden color palette.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I like this garden. Orange does pop and make one smile when you come upon it in a quite garden. The ponyfoot reminds me of the ponyfoot growing in my front garden. I wonder if it will survive this winter too. We will see.

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