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Beds & Borders

Gardens beds come in so many styles – they’re all as unique as the individual who created them. Here are some of our favorites, all found in the San Antonio area.

Going Irrigation-Free in Monte Vista

In San Antonio’s historic districts the city’s guidelines may specify landscape rules much like HOA's. You can still have a WaterSaver Landscape. Remember when these homes were built no one had irrigation.

Learning from La Cantera

Retail landscaping has historically depended upon heavy watering. The Shops at La Cantera has created a showplace that’s green, but not wet. Landscape changes are saving over 6 million gallons per year. And the cooling water features use recycled water.

The Rights and Wrongs of Rock

Crushed granite, pea gravel, and river rock: these small rocks are used to replace the entire lawn. But they can be a recipe for reflected heat in summer and clogged storm drains — and the bare finish may alarm neighbors wary of the aesthetic.

Yard Art

The classic whimsy of pink flamingos or staid elegance of stone lions, a little yard art, like the right accessory, can make a landscape. Consider scale, but the rules are not hard and fast. What’s most important is that it makes you smile.

Bugs That Break It Down

The unsung heroes of the insect world are the decomposers. Decomposers help break down and consume organic materials, such as rotting plants, old wood, manure, dead insects or dead animals.

Bugs That Eat Other Bugs

Of all of the species of insects on the earth, 98% are helpful. One way insects (and spiders) are helpful is by eating other insects that are considered pests. Take a look at some of these predatory garden creatures.

Butterflies

Butterflies are like living jewels gliding from flower to flower across the landscape collecting nectar and spreading pollen. Their colorful wings contrast with the flowers and green leaves, providing a cheerful, yet silent reminder of nature’s beauty.

Become a Citizen Scientist

Each February Cornell University is hoping you will become a bird nerd and participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count international survey. Count birds anywhere you encounter them. Many of our favorite local birds rely on dense brush for nesting, resting and feeding.

Pesky Bugs

Most insects are beneficial and critical to a functioning ecosystem. There is a small percentage of insects (about 2% of all known species) that are considered pests by gardeners. They can damage plants and cause frustration. Let’s take a look at some.

Pollinators

When we think of pollinators, butterflies and honey bees are usually the first that come to mind. But, there are many other creatures that move pollen from one place to another! Without pollinators, many flowers and fruits would not exist.

Going Irrigation-Free in Monte Vista

In San Antonio’s historic districts the city’s guidelines may specify landscape rules much like HOA's. You can still have a WaterSaver Landscape. Remember when these homes were built no one had irrigation.

Beds & Borders

Gardens beds come in so many styles – they’re all as unique as the individual who created them. Here are some of our favorites, all found in the San Antonio area.

Going Irrigation-Free in Monte Vista

In San Antonio’s historic districts the city’s guidelines may specify landscape rules much like HOA's. You can still have a WaterSaver Landscape. Remember when these homes were built no one had irrigation.