Six landscapes offer very different approaches in design, but share the common goal of saving water.
Every year the WaterSaver Landscape tour focuses on landscapes designed for low maintenance and low water use. Limited irrigation, native plants, colorful drought-tough perennials and reduced lawn spaces are features they all share. Each landscape offers simple ideas that can be incorporated into any South Texas yard and by homeowners themselves!
Below is inspiration from six San Antonio yards:
Keep It Wild
Large areas of this corner lot were left in their native state. Native and adapted plants were added at entry points to the yard. A formal, enclosed courtyard is filled with plants that offer seasonal color in the backyard.
Plants as Art
Plants function as sculpture. Raised steel-frame beds elevate a large collection of cacti, agaves, palms and ornamental grasses. “Texas blend” rock covers the well-drained front and side yards. In the backyard, more specimens of succulents and cacti surround the pool, along with a small area of artificial turf.
Elegant front yard, secluded courtyard
Symmetrical plants create a formal landscape up front, and complement the home’s Italian style architecture. The back features a courtyard reminiscent of New Orleans with spaces for entertaining on two different levels joined by a staircase with an intricate wrought iron handrail.
Owners chose to ditch turf grass in favor of low-growing Berkeley sedge grass that covers most of the yard in both sun and shade. In addition to showcasing some uncommon plants, the owners have tucked interesting metal sculptures into nooks and corners throughout the yard.
A way with whimsy
Art is centerpiece in this happy, lawn-free back yard. Mosaics and colorful blown glass are used throughout, with two fire-engine red pergolas taking center stage. A giant metal butterfly rests in a bed of Asiatic jasmine. A neon sculpture wraps around the trunk of an oak tree. Succulents are used in ingenious ways.
The front yard is at once both traditional in its plant material, and modern in its angular design. The yard has been elevated from street level with a short retaining wall of mortared rock that complements the house. Lawn has been replaced with a blanket of pea gravel, allowing the plants to take center stage.