Contemporary front-yard patio makes inviting entry

February 02, 2021

A subtle front-yard patio garden attracted my attention one day, as I passed a house with orange doors in my northwest Austin neighborhood. Steel edging outlines a rectangular planting strip around a simple concrete patio adjacent to the front walk. Low native and adapted plants add texture, movement, and greenery: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima), society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), Queen Victoria agave, and a few others.

Four gray plastic chairs offer a spot for conversation — perfect for the covid era and beyond. The patio opens up what might have been patchy lawn or shrubbery crowding the front walk. An inviting and stylish solution!

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

New to central Texas? Learn about native Texas plants and gardening tips in “Gardening for Newcomers,” a virtual class at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on March 6, from 9 to 11 am. Cost is $35, with a discount offered for members of the garden.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. (While in-person talks are currently on hiatus due to the pandemic, I plan to resume again as soon as possible.) Talks are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

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February 02, 2021

A subtle front-yard patio garden attracted my attention one day, as I passed a house with orange doors in my northwest Austin neighborhood. Steel edging outlines a rectangular planting strip around a simple concrete patio adjacent to the front walk. Low native and adapted plants add texture, movement, and greenery: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima), society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea), Queen Victoria agave, and a few others.

Four gray plastic chairs offer a spot for conversation — perfect for the covid era and beyond. The patio opens up what might have been patchy lawn or shrubbery crowding the front walk. An inviting and stylish solution!

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.

_______________________

Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

New to central Texas? Learn about native Texas plants and gardening tips in “Gardening for Newcomers,” a virtual class at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on March 6, from 9 to 11 am. Cost is $35, with a discount offered for members of the garden.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark! Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I’m hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. (While in-person talks are currently on hiatus due to the pandemic, I plan to resume again as soon as possible.) Talks are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2021 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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