Rethink your Garden

Mar 25, 2014 - 8:59 am

Is it Time to Rethink Your Landscape? 10 Things to Get You Started
The native Mexican plums, Redbud trees and Agarita are beginning to flaunt their spring show. These early bloomers remind us there really are plants tough enough to survive our weather variations and yet also beautiful enough to cause us to pause. Their showy flowers and aromatic scents entice us to include them in the designs of our landscapes. If it is time for you to rethink your landscape, the City of Austin has a variety of resources to help select these or other new garden additions:image of a magenta redbud tree

  1. Start with getting to know some plants native and adapted to Central Texas
    a. Native & Adapted Plant Guide for Central Texas downloadable version
    b. Native & Adapted Plants for Central Texas searchable database
    c. Visit a Grow Green nursery where you can pick up a FREE copy of the plant guide and other Grow Green information. (It never hurts to call ahead and make sure they have supplies in stock). Click here for a map of nursery partner locations
  2. If you are new to landscape design, check out the Grow Green Landscape Design fact sheet to help you get started.
  3.  For planting plan design ideas, take a look at the Landscape Design templates, many of which are based on Grow Green demonstration gardens you can visit. For example, the Contemporary Design template, is based on the plantings at City Hall. (The design templates will be mailed to Austin residents upon request).
  4.   For more helpful landscape-related information, visit the Grow Green Landscape Design Resources page
  5. Have questions? Then plan to attend the 2014 Zilker Garden Festival the weekend of March 29th & 30. There will be gardening resources galore! There are sure to be topics of interest under the Garden Talks tent and many city departments will have helpful information and gardening resources.
  6. Ask to be put on the Grow Green Homeowner class announcement distribution list, click here to subscribe online or call 512-974-2550 and ask to be put on the emailing list. Class announcement emails are sent out a couple of times a year. Registration is now open for the spring class 2014 Spring Homeowner Training
  7. You can get inspired just by walking around your neighborhood or take it city-wide and go on the 2014 Inside Austin Gardens Tour on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The tour is presented by the City of Austin Grow Green program’s partners, the Travis County Master Gardeners, a volunteer arm of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County
  8. For events put on by other departments and our program partners, periodically check the calendar listing in the far right column of the home page.
  9. If you just don’t want to go at it alone, contact a Grow Green Landscape Professional for assistance.
  10. Rethinking your landscape utilizing earthwise Grow Green practices supports healthy watersheds. Get social. Stay connected.