Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Look What I Can Do! Lush Xeriscape Landscapes in Austin Texas

“Hey look Ma, no hands!”, well that’s not entirely true, I do lay out the plants myself but Mother Nature gets most of the credit. Not because she (Mother Nature) plants for me but because she and I are symbiotic. I get what she is putting down as it were.

My designs are an expression of what I have come to learn over many years of watching the natural elements at play here in the Central Texas landscape.  We are low on water and native plants dig that, we live busy lives and our gardens have to work for us so spacing plants properly and using the right plant for the job are crucial, just like in nature. Organic in every way, conservation is key and you have to work with what belongs here! That is my interpretation of what I have learned from my surroundings over the past 32 years as a central Texas gardener and designer. Here are some examples of my work.

A Stunning landscape begins with a professional, knowledgeable landscaper/designer/consultant who listens to your needs and gives you the most bang for your buck!

A Stunning landscape begins with a professional, knowledgeable landscaper/designer/consultant who listens to your needs and gives you the most bang for your buck!

 

 

This garden may look sparse now but it will be lush and full in two years. Over planting is one of the most common mistakes landscapers make. It fills up their pockets but leaves you with necessary maintenance to keep crowded plants in place.

 

 

This is the best looking, low water, low to no maintenance death strip around!

This is the best looking, low water, low to no maintenance death strip around! Coming up with clever solutions for unsightly problems is my specialty.

 

Saying goodbye (or at least goodnight) to your children for the winter can be tough.

Herb and veggie beds do not need to be in farmers row, a little design inspiration can go a long way.

 

What may not be obvious here is the need for the perfect timing of each trim to ensure maximum color all year. Trimming is done by hand, not by hedgers. A person who does not understand the growth pattern of these plants could do some real damage or prevent any color from showing.

You can create a really formal looking garden with native and adapted plants, you just have to understand their nature and growth patterns. Why install plants that have to be maintained when you can just plant the right one?

 

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This is a combination of native and adapted plants with a touch of annual color. This is a great design for those who enjoy a little gardening but appreciate low maintenance.

 

This is a shade garden where I have used contrast and color to create interest. Adding natural elements like river rock can also bring light to the space.

This is a shade garden where I have used contrast and color to create interest. Adding natural elements like river rock can also bring light to the space.

 

I love this shot, it is a great view from the top of the hill to the seating area below. I have used a combination of TX perennials with seasonal annuals to make a statement of color with leaves in a really dark space.

I love this shot, it is a great view from the top of the hill to the seating area below. I have used a combination of TX perennials with seasonal annuals to make a statement of color with leaves in a really dark space.

Contrasting shapes, textures and colors play brilliantly with low light conditions and it take a knowledgeable designer to make the right selections allowing for seasonal interest as well as  pops of color.

 

Soil makes all the difference in the amount of success you have.

This is Xeriscape at its best! Xeriscape is not stabby and rocky, it is low water plants in the correct environment.

 

Creating exquisite Xeriscape and edible gardens that are organic, low maintenance and low water. There is no place for chemicals here.

Creating exquisite Xeriscape and edible gardens that are organic, low maintenance and low water. There is no place for chemicals here. If your entire bed is organic you can plant food anywhere and change colors with food from all seasons.

Food, herbs and native plants are an excellent combination for Xeriscape beds. By using a combination of evergreen and deciduous plants you can have a rotating garden as well. A little imagination can go a long way.

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Not the best color on this shot but it demonstrates river rock in a water reducing way that is functional too.

 

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A colorful resolve to a narrow space. Contrast and textures play a big part in my design.

 

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Shade gardens are a challenge but with the right contrast of foliage and knowledge of local and adapted plants, they can be stunning. It is also really important to create gardens with many vantage points. This is your living space so lets live in it from all angles.

 Shade gardens can be a challenge for most but I love the opportunity to play with light and competing textures. I use the shade to my advantage and feature variegated, shiney leaved (yes, that’s a thing) and heavily textured plants to create drama and variation.

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Native all the way. Elegant and stately, low maintenance, low water.

 

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Xeriscape in the winter. Xeriscape does not have to be spikey, there are a variety of evergreen native and adapted plants to use in all types of light requirements.

 

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This property is nearly 100% Xeriscape with a very small lawn in front and a luxurious park setting close to the home.

 

This shot was taken over the winter months to demonstrate that I design with evergreen and color so that your landscape doesn’t go MIA in the winter months.

 

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This is a Xeriscape garden that includes a small pond for wildlife. This space invites hummingbirds, dragonflies, butterflies and birds.

 

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Feature and functionality.

 

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Rock, stone and patio work are a huge part of an over all design and allows you to be drawn through the space.

 

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This is a typical design using symbols. An average cost is between $500.00 to $1000.00 depending on the size of the space.

 

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In this design I am using color and plant shapes to demonstrate the finished product. Any design once planted will take about 3 years to become mature and present a final outcome.

 

Me most grounded, on the ground or with my hands in the soil.  Texas has a plethora of  extraordinary plants for the Xeriscape landscape and in my book there is no room for cactus, unless you like it ;)

Me most grounded, on the ground or with my hands in the soil. Texas has a plethora of extraordinary plants for the Xeriscape landscape and in my book there is no room for cactus, unless you like it 😉

 

I am really blessed to love what I do and do what I love. I really enjoy creating beautiful spaces for people to get back to nature and enjoy the simple things in life. Your landscape should work for you, not the other way around so now that you know my style, be sure to check me out on Facebook, YouTube, or better yet give me a call if you are in or near Austin at 512-733-7777 for a landscape design or educational consultation! Check out the top of my page for a complete list of services and I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

To learn more about me take a few minutes  and see why I am looking forward to saving the planet one yard at a time.

 

 

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape & Design

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

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