09 Apr

Inspiration from the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Landscape ideas and planting suggestions overflow at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Photo Courtesy San Antonio Botanical Garden

With 38 acres of lush grounds landscaped with both Texas natives and exotic tropicals, the San Antonio Botanical Garden provides an endless array of ideas for residents. After all, the garden’s mission is to connect people with flora and fauna while also helping them understand the importance of plants in our life, and since 1980, it has done just that.

Homeowners can derive inspiration from many areas of the garden, which opened 8 new acres in the fall and an additional 2.5-acre family-centered garden in March. The Hill Country section of the Texas Native Trail features live oaks, juniper and Texas mountain laurel, among other limestone tolerant plants, while the South Texas area of the trail showcases dryland trees and thorny brush varieties, like Texas ebony. The new Family Adventure Garden offers ideas for backyard landscapes best suited for little explorers, including native muhly grass, cactus and Hill Country wildflowers.

But no area has more residential application than WaterSaver Garden and WaterSaver Lane, says Bob Brackman, the garden’s executive director. The former offers water-friendly gardening techniques and samples of mulches and plants that perform well in San Antonio’s climate. The latter showcases six cottages with various kinds of drought-tolerant landscaping, perennial flowerbeds and herbs, and native and adapted plants.

Says Brackman, “We are now 38 acres of plants that people can see and learn from and hopefully take those messages back home and utilize them whether they are on an apartment patio or deck or if they have a larger backyard.”

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