hillside harmony

THE STEEP INCLINE…

…of this hillside landscape is greatly improved with a curving steel terrace, surface contour programming, and smart structural finishes that improve access + usability.

VEGETATION

understory: Mexican redbud (CECAM), Roughleaf dogwood (CODR), Texas persimmon (DITE3), Carolina buckthorn (FRCA13), Mexican buckeye (UNSP), Rusty blackhaw (VIRU)

cactus: Red yucca (HEPA8), Twisted-leaf yucca (YURU)

sunny perennials + shrubs: Texas Indian mallow (ABFR3), Butterflyweed (ASTU) Winecup (CAIN2), Silver ponyfoot (DIAR2), Purple coneflower (ECPU), Kidneywood (EYTE), Texas star hibiscus (HICO2), Blackfoot daisy (MELE2), Sedums (SEDUM), Woolly stemodia (STLA17), Four-nerve daisy (TESCS), Wooly ironweed (VELI3), Skeleton-leaf goldeneye (VIST), Zexmenia (WEACH)

shady perennials + creek: White mistflower (AGHA4), American beautyberry (CAAM2), Turk’s cap (MAARD), Rock rose (PALA13), Scarlet sage (SACO5), Dwarf palmetto (SAMI8), Cedar sage (SARO3), Texas betony (STCO), Fall aster (SYOB)

bunch grasses: Texas sedge (CATE7), Inland sea oats (CHLA5), Gulf muhly (MUCA2)

SURFACE

vegetated surface(s): shady wildflower patch, zoysia, hardwood mulch

surface water flow: river gravel

functional surface(s): basalt, coarse limestone gravel, garapa

URBAN ECOLOGY

watershed: blunn creek

location: travis heights

ecological conditions: escarpment

PROJECT DETAILS

completed: 2017

budget range: $10,000-25,000

design scope: medium

continuity: Wildflower Center membership

CONCEPT DESIGN