Lovely Local Landscapes

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Check out these featured landscapes that are right here is San Antonio selected for their substantial reduction of grass, beds appropriately mulched with leaves, chips, bark or stone, plants appropriate to soil and sunlight conditions, plants covering at least 50 percent of the site in beds or non-turf areas, and distinct separation between landscape beds, turf or hardscape.

Focal Points: Pond, Statuary and Benches

  • Owner transformed the site’s biggest liability — a severe slope — into its biggest asset with landscaped terraces.
  • Eye-catching focal features including a pond, fireplace, statuary, benches and large containers.
  • Turf replaced with drought tolerant plants — native or adapted non-native — in beds that are walled or outlined with stone.

No Grass: Features Flagstone, Water Garden, and Perennials

  • In the front yard, low, stone walls separate large beds of evergreen shrubs and colorful perennials.
  • Backyard turf replaced with flagstone patio, extensive perennial beds and a water garden with fountain, and distinct teak patio furniture.

Reducing Grass: Replaced with Affordable Mulched Beds

  • Owners performed all the work themselves.
  • Large swathes of turf removed in both front and backyards.
  • Mulched beds in front and various features in the backyard are all connected by flagstone paths

Evergreen Shrubs and Flagstone

  • Front yard consists of beds of native and adapted non-native evergreen shrubs, surrounded by Asiatic jasmine, all connected by flagstone paths.
  • Backyard contains numerous small beds interconnected with flagstone and unique blue stones.
  • Extensive drip installation has reduced water usage.

Successful Slope with Ground-cover interspersed with Agaves

  • Successfully addresses the shady slope dilemma, a common San Antonio landscape problem.
  • Formal yet informal appearance with yuccas, agaves and rock pathways winding throughout beds of Asiatic jasmine
  • Entry features a bi-level composite deck with inset flower beds and benches.
  • A unique tile portrait set into the brick entrance.

Live Oaks and Meandering Paths

  • Stately live oaks, native plants, adapted non-natives minimize water usage in the front and backyards.
  • Extensive deck with an enclosed section and meticulous maintenance provide stunning views
  • Curving flagstone paths meander past perennial beds, irrigated by drip irrigation.


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Dana Nichols
As conservation manager at SAWS, Dana spent her days promoting beautiful San Antonio landscapes that need little to no water while benefiting Texas wildlife. While she’s no longer whipping up new landscape programs, she’s still cooking up delicious dinners made with fresh herbs from her low-water-use garden or planning the next trip with her husband, Rick -- preferably to some exotic place that requires a passport.
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