Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Look What I Can Do!

“Hey Ma, look no hands!”, well that’s not entirely true, I do lay out the plants 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 20 years as a 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!

 

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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 to 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.

 

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This is a combination of native and adapted plants with a touch of annual color.

 

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!

There is no need to use cactus in Xeriscape. There area an abundance of beautiful, luch plants and trees that are super low water and low maintenance.

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.

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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Contemporary Hill Country

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Custom Design and metal work

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Pavers and hand cut limestone

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Retainer walls with style

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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.

Custom stone and pavers

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Retainer wall

 

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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.

 Shade gardens can be a challenge for most but I love the opportunity to play with light and competing textures to my advantage. This picture above is also a space with some serious grade issues. It goes strait down hill and has been bermed with stone and planted beds.

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

 

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Xeriscape in the winter.

 

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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.

 

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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. This water drainage problem is solved with a dry creek bed that also serves as a sidewalk.

 

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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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Hand drawn designs drawn to scale with a list of plants and installation instructions

 

I can also provide a layout service to place your plants out into a prepared bed so you can be assured of proper spacing. Layout and design on site is by the hour depending on your location. Rates are the same as Consultations for the hour. Please contact me for the rate  for your area.

So now that you know my style, be sure to check me out on Facebook, YouTube, or better yet give me a call in or near Austin at 512-733-7777! I provide consultation to the greater Austin area including Onion Creek, Buda, San Marcos, Wimberly, Bastrop, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Round Rock . look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape & Design

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Donna Gunn

    Please call me at 512-350-588- to come to see the area that needs planting and care. Donna Gunn

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