"The Lake Effect" is one such article that features a farmstead in the Texas Hill Country, but I worry about the author's qualification to write articles with regard to gardening since lavender, Lombardy poplars, and blush roses are not indigenous to Texas or even the Americas although all three grow beautifully in Texas. Perhaps she could have remembered Shakespearean references to lavender and roses or recognized Lombardy as some sort of clue about the poplar's origin. However, you can find local granite and limestone. Regardless, the pictures are definitely worth viewing. The composition and use of materials definitely fit within, what I call, the Texas cottage style.
|Canyon Daisy and Barrel Cactus|
The architecture of the garden and the plants must be able to endure and thrive through wet winters and dry summers. Rarely does the style exclusively involve truly native plants. The plants may all be native to Texas, but there are a few stretches of the imagination when it comes to its native status. There may be yuccas from the border of Mexico and trees from the border of Louisiana. The style depends upon a blend of plants, and occasionally the blend ranges the globe including rosemary and aloes which are immensely popular plants in Central Texas. Some of the most common and best adapted plants are native to the Southwestern US, Mexico, Chile, Western South Africa, and Mediterranean countries. Some of the most popular plants are rosemary, lavender, bluebonnets, oaks, sage bushes, salvia, aloes, agaves, poppies, barrel cactus, ornamental grasses, sunflowers, iris, lantana, and daylilies.
|Raindrops on Santolina|
|Gopher Plant and Purple Fountain Grass|
Rustic charm with a little twang is Texas gardening at its best, and what style better suits a Texas gardener with a plant addiction? I don't think I could ever be able to have a formal, minimalist, desert, or meadow garden without starting to itch and rip everything out for some change in scenery. So long as other people have those types of gardens, I'll be content to see theirs and meddle in mine.