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Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

Specializing in colorful, water-conserving gardens

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  1. Your portfolio is gorgeous! I wish you were in the San Antonio area. We built a new home last year that is designed to look like a 200 year old Italian stone farmhouse. We have 30 acres, but I’m only going to tackle about two acres around the house right now. We have a deer challenge, but I don’t want to fence the areas. So far my “go to” plants that are drought and deer and sun tolerant are salvia leucantha, copper canyon daisy, Mexican oregano and Mexican marigold, trailing lantana, black-eyed Susan and rosemary. Salvia greggii, yarrow, Russian sage and Spanish lavender did not work out. I plan to try nepeta this year. Do you have any suggestions for other “large scale” plants, preferably with some color? Thank you!

    • Hi Kathleen,
      Your new setting sounds beautiful. However, I’m not familiar with Texas gardening, so am not able to make suggestions for your region. You might try contacting one of my colleagues with APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers). Go to, then click on “Find a Designer.”
      Good luck!

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