Texas Landscape Design

So many readers have asked to show the whole landscape if you can and not just close ups of plants / flowers.  I am sad that I have lost my wide angle lens but will find a new one soon that I like.  I think I can improve upon my last one.  For now here are some photos of Dallas and Texas landscapes.  Sorry about the focus for the recent images.  Not sure I like the lens I have been using … technical issue!

River birches and weeping cedars make a strong statement. In the background to the right are three green Japanese Maples and an Oak Leaf Hydrangea.

River birches and weeping cedars make a strong statement. In the background to the right are three green Japanese Maples and an Oak Leaf Hydrangea.

Dallas Landscaping Rule of THree: River Birches and Cedars

Dallas Landscaping Rule of Three: River Birches and Cedars.  At first blush this looks like the image above.  It’s not!!!

Read more about cedars here …

Applying Landscape Design for Large Yards to Smaller Yards

Applying large yard gardening concepts to small yards. Magnolia, Japanese Maple and what looks like two American Hollies!

Applying large yard gardening concepts to small yards. Magnolia, Japanese Maple and what looks like two American Hollies!

Dallas Landscaping Hearty Hibiscus Tree with Magnolia

Dallas Landscaping Hearty Hibiscus Tree with Magnolia

 Read more on Hardy Hibiscus here …
Dallas Landscape design with Japanese Maples, magnolia, barberry and ferns.

Dallas Landscape design with Japanese Maples, magnolia, barberry and ferns.  I love this combination of the two orange/brown tones of the Japanese Maples and the under leaf brown of the magnolia.  Is that a Claudia Wannamaker magnolia?  These tones blend perfectly with the stone of the house and the shutters.  It might be time to dig up the barberry and center the lace leafed Japanese Maple to the right and to possibly consider a different ground cover that compliments the orange / brown tones or maybe just used pebble rocks?

 

 

Low growing maidenhair fern

Low growing maidenhair fern

Low growing maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern is low growing with a yellowish tinge.  This might be the best combination for this bed!  It does well in Texas.

I see what this home owner is doing and it is brilliant, they may have just fallen prey to the common urge to plant more plants that you need once they reach a mature size.  The best way to overcome this is to flatten out cardboard boxes and place them in the bed to be the size of the mature plant before you plant the young plants.

Dallas Landscape Design

Dallas Landscape Design making oaks the foundation of appeal.

Japanese Maples have become the quintessential element for Texas landscape design.  Flanking doors or entrances with Japanese Maples is very common.

Read more about Japanese Maples here …

Oak trees are the most important landscaping decision you will make. Nothing will add more value to your landscape than an oak. This features holly fern and caladiums, a classic combination.

Oak trees are the most important landscaping decision in Texas and Dallas that you will make. Nothing will add more value to your landscape than an oak. This features holly fern and caladiums, a classic combination.  Japaneses maples and a crape myrtle add focus and are almost guaranteed to do well in Texas.

An oak tree grounds this landscape with holly fern and mahonia, another classic combination.

An oak tree grounds this landscape with holly fern and mahonia, another classic combination.  The caladium bulbs can be dug up each fall and replanted in the spring.

Read more on mahonia here…
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Dallas Landscaping Design with oak tree and oak leaf hydrangea.

Dallas Landscaping Design with oak tree and oak leaf hydrangea.  To the right is an old classic that now comes in a smaller and more controllable size:

Dallas Landscaping: Japanese Maple under an oak tree

Dallas Landscaping: Japanese Maple under an oak tree.

Oak-Tree-Landscape-Design-Texas-Dallas-Barberry-

Barberry for landscaping design contrast.  The crape myrtle is yet to bloom out.

Read more about Barberry here …
  Dallas and Texas Landscaping
Landscaping can change a home's appearance. Lovely example of traditional and native Texas plants.

Landscaping can change a home’s appearance. Lovely example of traditional and native Texas plants.

Landscaping can change a home's appearance. Lovely example of traditional and native Texas plants.

Landscaping can change a home’s appearance. Lovely example of traditional and native Texas plants.

Summer phlox in purple a perennial that works as shrubs and bloom all summer!

Summer phlox in purple a perennial that works as shrubs and bloom all summer!

Lilies and Wood Fern will come back. You can dig up your caladium bulbs and replant them.

Lilies and Wood Fern will come back. You can dig up your caladium bulbs and replant them.