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REACQUIRING A LANDSCAPE…

…from the void of the stereotypical back yard begins within the landscape design process.  Not unlike a business plan, good design analyzes the customer– the characteristics of the primary users of the space, further modified by ecological + surface variables rather than of marketing, of course.  And as with business strategy, budgeting also plays an instrumental role in getting the desired outcome.

VEGETATION

canopy: Escarpment live oak (QUFU), Cedar elm (ULCR)

understory: Texas buckeye (AEGLA), Mexican redbud (CECAM), Texas persimmon (DITE3), Carolina buckthorn (FRCA13), Possumhaw holly (ILDE), Mexican plum (PRME), Fragrant sumac (RHAR4), Evergreen sumac (RHVI3), Texas mountain laurel (SOSE3), Mexican buckeye (UNSP)

cactus: Weber’s agave (AGTE7), Texas sotol (DATE3) Red yucca (HEPA8), Texas nolina (NOTE), Twisted-leaf yucca (YURU),

sunny perennials + shrubs: Yarrow (ACMI2), Butterflyweed (ASTU), Pink fairyduster (CAER), Winecup (CAIN2), Silver ponyfoot (DIAR2), Purple coneflower (ECPU), Kidneywood (EYTE), Texas star hibiscus (HICO2), Blackfoot daisy (MELE2), Gaura (OELI2), Sedum (SEDUM), Four-nerve daisy (TESCS), Wooly ironweed (VELI3), Zexmenia (WEACH)

shady perennials + creek: White mistflower (AGHA4), Yellow columbine (AQCH), American beautyberry (CAAM2), Blue boneset/mistflower (COCO13), Texas lantana (LAUR2),Turk’s cap (MAARD), Rock rose (PALA13),Scarlet sage (SACO5),Dwarf palmetto (SAMI8),Cedar sage (SARO3), Texas betony (STCO), Fall aster (SYOB)

bunch grasses: Bushy bluestem (ANGL2), Texas sedge (CATE7), Inland sea oats (CHLA5), Gulf muhly (MUCA2), Big muhly (MULI)

URBAN ECOLOGY

watershed: williamson creek

location: heights at loma vista

ecological condition(s): shady woodland, sunny edge

PROJECT DETAILS

completed: 2018

budget range: $25,000-50,000

design scope: large

continuity: Wildflower Center membership

CONCEPT DESIGN