Potted Gardens

Potted gardens are great options for decks, patios, balconies and terraces—for the homeowner with acreage to the small-space urban dweller. We use high quality pottery as well as custom rolled steel planters to create the perfect look for your space.

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Desert Courtyard

The owners started out with a weedy, unkempt courtyard by their front entryway, and we turned it into a dry rock garden with a river rock bed, limestone boulders and a variety of Texas tough cacti and succulents.

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Front Yard Oasis

This yard started out with a fairly typical—and nice—front yard landscape, but the owners wanted to kick it up a notch. We added a large rock-lined island bed and filled it with lush and colorful plantings, and locally quarried rocks. The next month, this garden received the “Yard of the Month” award from the neighborhood association.

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New Orleans Balcony

This balcony was on the 3rd floor and subject to small space (150 square feet) and windy conditions. We turned it into an entertaining space for up to 6 people, fashioned after the famous New Orleans balconies and courtyards. Elegant furnishings, lush plantings, an alligator head fountain and romantic lighting pulled it all together.

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Suburban Xeriscape

A large suburban backyard began life as a blank slate for these first-time homeowners. They asked for a beautiful but low-maintenance garden, interactive for their children with whimsical details. Ornamental grasses, flowering perennials and a footbridge over a dry creek bed provide the perfect play area for the couple’s two children—along with the elephant water feature that was added the following year!

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Urban Courtyard

Near the hustle and bustle of downtown Austin is this contemporary condominium with a blazing hot courtyard. We had a number of existing surfaces to deal with while we created a entertaining area for our clients. We stained the concrete entryway, added a small curving deck with landscape lighting, brilliant blue pots with succulents and custom steel planters with ornamental grasses.

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LaVina Rivera March 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I love this desert courtyard! This is exactly what we would like to do with our whole yard. Is a design such as that something that you could do for us? Please let me know as we are looking for a handscape/xeriscape designer. Thanks!

Siobhan June 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love your site and your articles on Houzz. We live in similar climates, so your pics got my attention. I’m an exterior designer in the Tampa Bay area. I love what I do and I can see you do also.

Kathy June 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I’m hoping to replace my front lawn with native plants. I’m about 30 miles south of San Francisco, Ca. “Peninsula”
warm, to hot climate, seldom any fog. The area is approx. 30′ by 20′. Lots of leaves during fall, need to be able to blow or rake them.
Any suggestions? Help, please.


Sue Givens February 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I love to see landscaping ideas. We moved into my husbands’ family home, a few years ago. The backyard is in much need of a good landscaping plan. One of the problems with the yard, is, the root problem, caused by two large trees. The trees were planted by my husband and his dad, who has passed now, on the day he left for basic training, many years ago. One had to be taken down, but the other remains. Need some good ideas about how to give the yard the beauty it deserves.

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