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New Idea for an Old Front Yard

AUSTIN, TX, from KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener After living in Santa Fe, Kathy Lund wanted a water thrifty design. She and landscape designer Bud Twilley updated her dull front yard with low-care plants for structure and pollinator appeal. After tackling drainage and flooding issues, they sparked up front door entrance and curb appeal with succulents …Read more »

Patrick Anderson’s Succulent Garden

SAN DIEGO, CA, with Debra Lee Baldwin Join me on a tour of a world-class succulent garden in Fallbrook, CA, north of San Diego. This is a special garden for me, because it’s where my awareness of succulents as waterwise landscape plants began, thanks to Patrick Anderson, a Huntington Botanical Gardens volunteer. I’ve visited the garden …Read more »

Urban Design in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN From WNPT’s Volunteer Gardener: “The new generation of dwarf varieties of plants opens up a whole new world of possibilities for gardeners with small, urban lots. This is an example of a garden that is maximizing its potential. See more gardens on the Volunteer Gardener Youtube Channel.  

Aerial Tour of Succulent Garden

FALLBROOK, CALIFORNIA From Debra Lee Baldwin: “Enjoy a bird’s-eye look at Jeanne Meadow’s world-class succulent garden in Fallbrook, CA. Drone cinematography, production and editing by Kyle Short.”

A Weaving Garden on Many Levels

SAN MARCOS, TX From KLUR’s Central Texas Gardener: In San Marcos, weaver Lydia Kendrick unites multi-level gardens with vivacious color. As she re-graded her sloping yard to control flooding, she designed cozy corners and uplifting views with recycled finds, fragrance and hand-made weavings, even from recycled plastic bags.

Tantalizing Garden Tiers

AUSTIN, TX From KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener. When Syd Teague moved from Tucson to Austin, she wanted a water thrifty garden. As she shaped her land, it became her outdoor laboratory from succulents to flowering perennials. After corralling rainwater runoff in multiple berms and swales, she patterned rambling wanders and broad sweep views that converge …Read more »

Brie Arthur: Transforming the Suburban Landscape

NORTH CAROLINA From PlantPop: “Down in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina (about 20 minutes south of Raleigh) professional landscape designer, Brie Arthur lets us look at her personal garden that incorporates edibles along with the usual shrubs, perennials, annuals, and trees. Her main goals with the garden is to educate and inspire suburban dwellers to think beyond …Read more »

Tony Avent: Plant Hunter

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA PlantPop takes a trip to Raleigh, NC to visit Tony Avent, proprietor of Juniper Level Botanical Garden and Plant Delights Nursery. Tony has traveled the world many times over to find plants to add to his growing collection.

Drought Design for Wildlife Habitat

TEXAS From Central Texas Gardener on KLRU-TV in Austin. In Hudson Bend overlooking Lake Travis, Bruce McDonald saw the lake vanish before his eyes. To respond to drought, he ripped out his front lawn for waterwise plants. In back, he cleared a wildfire jungle for serene outdoor living rooms around ponds fed with rainwater collection.

Small Garden Design Part 2 – Townhouse Garden

GREENBELT, MD From Garden Clips: Susan Harris of Garden Rant continues the tour as she shows us her small townhouse back yard garden. Susan removed the existing lawn and put in a small patio to serve as a seating area. She planted the surrounding beds with easy to care for perennials and potted annuals and …Read more »

Small-Garden Design, Part 1: Townhouse Front Yard Garden

GREENBELT, MD Video description from Garden Clips: Susan Harris of Garden Rant shows us her small townhouse front yard garden. Susan removed the existing lawn and put in a small patio to serve as a seating area. She planted the surrounding beds with easy-to-care-for perennials and potted annuals and provided a sense of enclosure with arborvitaes …Read more »

From Turfgrass to Central Florida Native Plant Landscape

CENTRAL FLORIDA This 12,000 ft² residential lot which faces a golf course was transformed from a typical builder-installed turf grass lawn into a diverse native plant landscape. All changes were made with full approval of the architectural review committee in this deed restricted community. Only two “islands” (600 ft² total) of grass remain in functional …Read more »