Category: xeriscape

Nov 9

Another fun Crestview project! This young couple wanted a back yard that reflected their bohemian-eclectic style and could add additional privacy from the ever climbing construction around them. A place for “hanging out and drinking coffee or beer in the backyard.” But what was most exciting, was the air stream they had just purchased and…

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Jun 3

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Check out this project in Austin Home Magazine! 

This fun and young family moved to this South Austin neighborhood to be closer to friends and family. However, their new home’s outdoor entertaining space and lack of landscape felt underwhelming and unwelcoming. The only redeeming feature was their yard backing up to the greenbelt. Our mission was to design a landscape that was not only perfect for their area, but fit their young, fun and busy professional lifestyle.

For the front yard, we complimented the entryway with a mix of modern cut natural stone complemented with water wise plantings. Metal planters, beds of succulents and decomposed granite, as well as other xeriscape features reduced the amount of turf, leaving just enough for their neighborhood movie nights!

In the backyard, we expanded their entertaining space by defining several new spaces; a stone patio for cooking and lounging, a children’s play area with climbing wall and custom dragon made out of recycled tires, and a washer pit where they can host local tournaments. As custom gas fire pit act as a focal point for the various areas, and provides light and heat as the days get shorter.  All of this transitions smoothly into the greenbelt. Giving their yard an endless feel.

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May 29

back-afters-13This stylish Brentwood home had recently been renovated while preserving the integrity of its original mid-century design, and architecture. With furniture and furnishings true to the stylish time period, this was a perfect yard to imitate the aesthetics of the infamous Brazilian Landscape Architect, Burle Marx. This family needed a fun, yet functional space to host friends and family; but wanted to preserve the timeless aesthetics of the stylish Mid-Century flare. Burle Marx is famous for his organic nature within modernist landscape architecture. We pulled inspiration from Marx, as one of the first people to call for the conservation of Brazil’s rainforests, to introduce a palette of native and beneficial plant materials to mimic his environmental efforts. We also pulled from his artistic expressions with our curved and dramatic garden bed lines, and placement of specimen plantings. All in all, we created a truly timeless landscape design, that’s style will easily convey generation to generation. Read More

May 20

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Check out this project in Austin Home Magazine! 


With a passion for entertaining both children and adults, this family needed a flexible and usable space. Additionally, recent construction had changed the family’s greenbelt view, into an industrial eye sore.  Taking cues from the modern interior decorating of the house, we revitalized this tired and tiny back yard into an open and flowing oasis of fun and functionality.

A low maintenance, drought tolerant plant palette was a must for this busy family, and is reflected in our plant choices of ornamental grasses and agaves. A custom constructed swing complements and anchors the play area, without visually invading the overall esthetic of the yard. The swings construction will easily accommodate a hammock as the children get older.  The implantation of bamboo screening hides the new industrial area by blending the space into the surrounding greenbelt. Custom cedar benches provide additional seating and are complimented by large custom metal planters to anchor the space. Removing large areas of struggling grass and replacing it with limestone and black gravel, creates a perfect area for larger groups to mingle.   With distinct areas for children play, adult seating and  “free range socializing” this small space is ready for big parties. 

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Dec 5

What an exciting project! For this project we needed to solve the problematic space for a growing family to merge two areas – one for the adults and one for the kids. In these photos you will see how we seamlessly created one great space for the whole family to enjoy! We used recycled and…

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Jul 22

IMG_5413Sometimes, keeping it simple can have a huge pay off. These clients wanted to update their courtyard to match the style of their very modern condo. With limited space, and a desire to reduce water and maintenance of their yard, we designed a beautiful, simple, and elegant retreat. To optimize the space, strategic plantings and simple construction was used to distract from necessary utility eye sores and improve the flow and functionality of the space.
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Mar 23

Brentwood Xeriscape

By Rodney Stoutenger | Comments 6

IMG_4481Small yards are always a welcomed challenge!  The exposed utilities, and awkward slope presented even more landscape challenges to deal with.  Despite these obstacles, we were able to create an accessible and inviting space by using three different pathways as a focal feature of the yard, leading into the open and borderless design.
To makes the space feel larger, a custom designed steel retaining wall was installed and the yard was regraded to achieve this effect.  The sawn limestone slab stairs wedged between sheets of steel offer a contrast that is Modern-Rustic; a landscape style emerging here in Austin. A steel trellis to hide a collection of utilities is featured opposite a steel box planter, which add to the style as well as complimenting the asymmetry of the home very nicely.
We used a simple, airy, and of course, drought-tolerant plant palette.  Evergreen trailing rosemary to spill over the retaining wall, a carpet of thymes to creep in amongst the limestone slab pavers, and some well chosen tropical looking plants will soften the entire feel as they grow.  It’s such a unique landscape! Can’t wait to see how it matures!

 

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Mar 3

Cacti Paradise

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

DetailWhat a change! Over the ten year period of living in his home, this customer had watched more and more of his lawn die year after year with the hot summers. Enough was enough he decided, so in stepped Native Edge Landscape. This property went from a dwindling, water hogging lawn, to a property that has tastefully placed plantings and focal features. We had the challenge of creating an “all gravel” yard, without creating a stark and sterile aesthetic. We are pleased with our “Cacti Paradise” results!

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Oct 1

Crestview Modern Craftsman

By Rodney Stoutenger | Comments 3

AfterWhat a fantastic couple to work with! We were presented with the challenges of needing more outdoor living space, a place to rinse after long bike rides, and an area for the young couples newest addition to play. We did it! We doubled the outdoor living space, added an outdoor shower just off the new patio, and managed to use the shape of the yard to our advantage to create an easy flow and accessibility to the yard! We were left with a new landscape that fit this young couples awesome style of a modern-craftsman infusion!


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Sep 16

South Lamar Condo

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

“Small spaces need BIG ideas” 

As a transplant from the Big Apple, this customer was accustomed to small spaces. What might seem like a small Texas yard, was more than enough to create three separate outdoor living spaces for her new Austin life!

Mixing classic South Austin flare with her love of “all things zen,” we created this unique and relaxing sanctuary.  Read More