Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

I’m on CTG!


Hi friends, I wanted to share with all my readers that I will be featured this weekend on PBS’, “Central Texas Gardener”! They are sharing my personal drought tolerant garden that I designed to incorporate food and color in the landscape along with fruiting trees for shade and fruiting vines.


Aside from the Moon Flower, everything in this shot can be eaten. The Coral Bean has to be cooked not to be toxic, but the daylilies, rose petals, cactus and of course the nectarines in back all have edible properties. 


I have moved recently and had to leave this beautiful space behind but I was so honored to have this beautiful memorial to one of my greatest works of art.

A little piece of heaven.

I can still smell the flowers when I see this space. This is an irrigation free garden! Planting like the rain forest allows a symbiotic relationship that requires very little water.

I am also really excited to be on the show not only because it is a legend in Central Texas Gardening, but for me personally it was my original inspiration to do what I loved for a living. My husband and I used to tape this show every Saturday on our VCR (over 25 years ago) then watch it later in the day over a cup of coffee. We had a great apartment with a balcony that my honey built railing planters on and we had a beautiful collection of potted plants, roses, food and anything I could fit out there. It was our tiny sanctuary and I was inspired by watching CTG. Having come from IL, I was in a complete culture shock and knew nothing about the flora of Central Texas so each week I boned up on my CTG plant collection and when we moved to our first home I bought one of each!


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

As my design style changed, so did the garden and before we knew it, we had a master piece the neighbors were clamoring about. When we moved to our next space we took it up a notch and removed the lawn to make more room for flowers and ponds and created a wildlife sanctuary.

Finally in this house I went for more food. I figured if I was going to water at all I better get something to eat out of it, so we planted 3 pomegranates, two pears, a peach, a nectarine, a plum, grapes, lemons, blackberries, raspberries, kumquats and native edibles as well as peppers, tomatoes and herbs of all kinds. The result will be featured on PBS’s Central Texas Gardener this coming Saturday the 9th at noon and 4:00 on KLRU so set your DVR and enjoy…

For more show times and local listings check this out!

Central Texas Gardener


Lisa LaPaso

Humble gardener 🙂


  1. Congratulations!

  2. Daniel Webb

    You could, and almost have created a great book for central tx landscaping. I love your site and the straight forward advice offered. I’m about to install 140 square ft. Flagstone pathway. I’m thinking inch and a half of decomposed granite over landscape fabric, compacted with a plate compactor then an inch and a half of sand compacted over the granite then another inch and a half of loose sand to set the stone, then fill cracks with more sand watered in until full. Is this correct? I will use metal edge from Home Depot for the border. The path is mostly single person use so ski be 3 and a half ft. Wide by 38 ft. Long. If you could let me know my faults in this plan I will really appreciate it. Thank you for being out there. 512-902-8777 my name is Danny. Thanks again

    • Daniel if you have drainage issues of any kind I might suggest Road base as your forst layer, then crushed granite then sand. The road base when tamped down will not travel the way crushed granite can with heavy water flow. Other than that I think you have a good plan. Thanks for the Kudos, I have a few people tell me recently that is it time for a book. You may be right…

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