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Front Yard Landscaping in Texas

Beautiful gardens in a difficult climate

Sabrina Farber sent in today’s photos:

“I have many photos to share from my husband, Todd Farber, the ‘Garden Guy’ in the Sugar Land, Texas area. Todd is an Aggie Horticulturist. He has three decades of success with Texas front yard landscaping, understanding the best plant for Texas heat and how to make the most impact with front yard landscaping too. He has been a garden designer and horticulturist since 1991.”

A beautiful planting for the entrance to a home. Love the repeated asparagus fern (Asperagus densiflorus, Zone 9 – 11 or as annual) that punctuate the planting with their dense green spires.

A new planting, neatly mulched with a Japanese stone lantern serving as a focal point.

Another view of the same planting. The design takes inspiration from Japanese-style gardens, but with a selection of plants suited to the Texas climate.

Bright, long-lasting color from big masses of begonias (Begonia x semperflorenscultorum, Zone 10 – 11 or as annuals). These begonias are great dependable workhorses in a wide range of climates, and just keep flowering pretty much no matter what.

Junipers (Juniperus species) are generally tough plants that can take drought and less-than-ideal conditions. This one has been pruned into a spiral to give it a little more flair. Just have to keep on the trimming to keep the form looking tight and tidy.

Pavers set in the lawn give unity to the transition from the formal stone paving to the informal path through the grass. Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus, cool season annual) provide a burst of color at the bed at the end.

New planting ready to fill in and create a beautiful garden space.


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    treasuresmom 12/14/2023

    So very lovely! BTW, are the begonias in full sun or shade?

  2. btucker9675 12/14/2023

    Love the Japanese inspired bed - that's really going to be beautiful as it matures.

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    simplesue 12/14/2023

    Oh such tidy pretty landscaping! Cool plant choices and combinations too!

  4. user-7821942 12/14/2023

    Very nice! Love the neat, well-orchestrated garden beds and the stone edging.

  5. MohawkValley 12/14/2023

    Lots of room to keep the imagination going .

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