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Erin Crespo

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Aug 4

Having a place to sit is a pivotal part of creating an outdoor living space. It is an unspoken invitation that it’s okay to relax where you are, to be there, to stay.  Imagine having a living room with no seats or a kitchen table with no chairs. You would have questions right? Do I sit…on…

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Aug 4

harvesting rainwater is great for your landscape, your environment, and your wallet I’m sure plenty of us can remember the traffic detours, rerouted trail runs, shuffled outdoor show plans, or the last time our smart phones all went off in harmonious unison because…flooding. Mother Nature literally gave us a raincheck. So let’s work that natural cycle to…

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Jul 7

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…

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Jul 7

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…

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Jun 2

Container gardening adds versatility to large gardens and is an ideal choice to add character to smaller spaces. Container plantings lend instant color, provide visual interest, and can even bring the architecture of the house into the garden. Container gardening can be enjoyed for one season, or designed to last for years. A nice feature…

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Jun 2

Similar to finishing an attic or remodeling a basement, building an outdoor room in your landscape makes the best of space you already have. Think about your home and all the places inside. Each room serves multiple functions and can be arranged to suit the occasion. The same principle extends into your landscape. The back…

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May 5

The path is one of the oldest forms of design, an escort for the new, a guide for the lost, a practical direction in and out of a space. It’s an instruction manual with no words. Go this way. That is the influence of spatial design. My favorite aspect of design is that everything, every little…

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May 5

Wildflowers are one of nature’s most exuberant participants. Producing entire fields of seasonal color, their explosive entrances mark one of the most lovely – and in Texas the toughest – times of year. Wildflowers are a perfect illustration of the Texas landscape: it’s hot, we’re here, and we will be back. We have the privilege of…

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Apr 6

Standing water can create a breeding ground for pests, and a lack of solutions for draining excess water can encourage gullies and erosion. So how do we create a remedy for both? Enter: The Rain Garden Living in the Greater Austin area can provide homeowners and landscape professionals with interesting challenges concerning large amounts of…

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Apr 6

This month I had the pleasure of chatting with one of our designers Dillon Tuttle about his take on using ornamental grasses in a native planting design. I would like to share a summarized version of some of what we discussed. In design, native ornamental grasses are one of the most versatile plantings in a landscape. They vary…

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