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July 2020

Stand Tall: Art within the Xeriscape

by Erin Crespo / July 7, 2020

This month, I sat down with one of our award-winning designers Jill Zimmerman, and asked what she feels when designing a xeriscape.
"It's an opportunity to show the art of plantings. Using them in clusters, the plants stand out more. Similar to what you see in the wild, with meadow-like areas punctuated by larger upright plants and structural elements."Creating a xeriscape is like curating a living collection. There are options on all sides, an array of plant choices for the desired effect. She illustrates how beautiful the selection and arrangement can be, because it mirrors nature.
Designing with native and adapted plants can embody a full spectrum of visual aesthetics. Jill highlights the stunning diversity we find in natural landscapes, mirrored in the design process where each plant and placement is selected with care."...different foliage shapes and textures. With pockets of plantings there is more variety in the landscape, each planting has their own color, style and contrast. It becomes an art piece."
Lawn is often used as a filler, a shortcut for design by way of blanketing a space in turf grass with higher water requirements instead of using alternative grasses. Xeric design does not mean that we must compromise our entire personal style, or that no plants are included - quite the opposite.

"give space, allow plants to do what they do naturally"

Most envision a traditional landscape and start with the expected. In the Greater Austin area we are establishing a new cultural practice. The only difference is, the results are unexpected.

Can you see your future xeriscape? Reach out to us here, let's bring it into full view.

For more images from the projects displayed above see the full portfolio entries below:Brentwood OasisBrentwood Burle Marx TributeBrentwood Family EscapeNative Modern MuellerZilker Native ChicBarton Hills Modern XeriscapeTravis Heights Modern Bungalow

Personal Space: Planting for Privacy

by Erin Crespo / July 7, 2020

Personal Space. There are few things more precious than having a private space to relax, stretch out in, breathe in, and just be yourself. 

I caught up with two of our designers, Erin Spencer and Jill Zimmerman to display some Native Edge favorites for creating a green retreat that suit your space, are responsible for the landscape, and can match your personal style.

One of the most popular and visually interesting choices for privacy is the trellis. The sturdiness of a custom metal frame creates the backbone for wide variety of vining plants. There are non-flowering choices for a consistent living wall, or for those who enjoy seasonal pops of color, there are plenty of options like crossvine, Carolina jessamine, coral honeysuckle, star jasmine and more!

Another great opportunity is to plant tall growing shrubs, like Italian cypress, junipers, viburnums, cherry laurels and the like! Pride of Barbados flowers add a bright touch of color to a lush poolside space.

For the adventurous or those looking to add to preexisting structures, there is also the option to blend more than one privacy element.

The right plantings and planning in a landscape can turn an open space into an intimate enclosure. The jewel of privacy also comes with a design opportunity, ways to preserve the openness of an outdoor living space and create a personal haven for the homeowner.

Ready to turn your landscape into a private oasis? Contact us to get started!For more images from the design elements displayed above see the full portfolio entries below:Brentwood OasisBrentwood Plunge CourtyardRidgetop Modern MakeoverRustic Crestview Backyard EscapeMidtown Commons Lounge Courtyard