My favorite color echo on Saturday’s Inside Austin Gardens tour appeared in Eleanor Pratt’s garden in the Brentwood neighborhood of north-central Austin. Eleanor repeats the red of a
Japanese maple red-leaf hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) with a swath of bachelor’s buttons. Vivacious!
Eleanor also grows the plant I most want in my garden (after that Bismarck palm, which I do not have room for): this gorgeous Manfreda undulata ‘Chocolate Chips’. She told me she got it from Yucca Do, which sadly is sold out of it right now.
A close-up of its spotted, wavy leaves
Another of Eleanor’s plants that attracted attention is this Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata). These are bulbs for shade, of which I have plenty. I should try a few.
White spiderwort brightens up a shady nook.
Pitcher sage (Salvia azurea), a xeric native for sun or light shade, also caught my eye.
Red zinnias add pop along the sunny drive.
All the gardeners on the tour, it seemed, were using cattle panel wire in unique ways. Framed in wood that’s painted to match the siding, cattle panel makes a generous trellis against the garage.
Eleanor has a knack for using commonplace items creatively in the garden. Here she’s stacked round, concrete pavers as a pedestal for a lovely water bowl.
I met Eleanor, who blogs at Garden of E, in her sunny, colorful front garden. She seemed so relaxed at the end of a long day of people traipsing through her garden.
It was a pleasure to meet her in person. Thanks, Eleanor, for sharing your beautiful garden!
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