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Lancaster yard in Sendera subdivision utilizes drought resistant plants
1217 ChestnutThe May Yard of the Month selected by the Spring Lake Garden Club is one of many good-looking yards in the Sendera subdivision in northwest San Marcos. When Susy Moore bought her home on Lancaster in 2001, she looked for professional help in putting in a yard. She confesses to being no gardener, however she had input into the selection made by Debbie Jackson of Sagebrush Landscaping. For example she wanted to attract butterflies, so yellow and orange lantana were used to border the striking free form bed on the right of the drive. It also contains rows of bushes in graduated sizes and in a palette of colors ranging from the variegated red of barberry through several shades of green, blending into gray-green in a low planting of santolina. Nandina extends across the front of the white stone house, meeting purple flowered Texas sage at the back of the front yard. On the left side of the driveway, a bed split by a sidewalk contains salvia, Turks cap, Mexican hat, red yucca and volunteer wildflowers. Drip irrigation runs through all of the beds in and under the mulch.

Love at First Sight

1217 ChestnutEven though it is only 50 feet wide, the landscaping at 1217 Chestnut, between Windmill Drive and Ridgeway is hard to miss.

The two-story stucco Santa Fe-style home, complete with bell tower, is accented perfectly with specimen, drought-tolerant plants and rock mulch, earning Maria Juaschek and Ben Johnson, Yard of the Month honors from Spring Lake Garden Club members.

Newcomers to San Marcos, Juaschek and Johnson moved here in December because Juaschek was tired of commuting from San Antonio to Austin where she works for the Austin Fire Department. Johnson is a San Antonio Fireman so they decided to split the difference and bought a home in San Marcos.

"It was love at first sight when we saw this house," says Juaschek.

The small home originally built mid-1800 had been enlarged and stucco added inside and out. Decorative tiles, timber and terra cotta-colored trim accent the cream painted stucco.

With busy schedules and two small children (Ellis is three and Ransom is one) the couple decided to call in a pro to clear the area. They would do the final planting and enjoy doing it. A local professional was called and after visiting the site, refused to cut down the junipers. The family was in a quandary and time was of the essence. Summer would be here soon.

Shrubs would need time to establish before the summer heat and drought hit. The couple had already decided they did not want a sprinkler system. Time to call in a real professional who could do it all. They needed to clear and plant in just a few days.

Well, it took Debbie and her crew from Sagebrush Landscaping just three days to clear and plant. Juaschek and Johnson are delighted with the results. The house looks larger and brighter in the sunlight. The home's interior is now brighter because of the sunlight streaming through the windows.

The landscaping is perfect for a young family. There is plenty of hard, flat surface to ride tricycles. The plants are drought tolerant and can be watered easily by hand; a job Juaschek or Johnson can do while Ellis and Ransom are playing.

Pictured is the garden of Brenda and Gary Welch, 300 Wimberley Ranch Drive in Wimberley Ranches. The Welches enjoy a magnificent view of the Devil's Backbone. They have only been in their home a year, but have obviously made landscaping a priority. With the Help of Debbie Jackson of Sagebrush Landscaping in San Marcos, they have planned a five-phase design that is displayed on the front porth. Four phases are implemented thus far, and feature the use of limestone in the dry steambed that is both beautiful and functionally in managing drainage. the streambed continues on the side of the house, ending in a pond. The beautiful fountain and abundant plants will delight visitors. The Wimberley Garden tour, featuring six homes, is Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the Wimberley Visitor's Center for $7.

Charlene Ware wants to look out every window in her home and see something pretty. Building on that idea she, landscaped each section of her gardens looking from the inside out, framed by her windows, linking them together with walking paths.
Tackling overgrown trees and shrubs, plus grinding down huge tree stumps left from the previous owners was the Ware's first garden chore after moving to San Marcos from Houston 18 months ago. Next she revamped the beds surrounding the home with more deer tolerant shrubs with the help of Sagebrush Landscaping.
In Houston we didn't use bark mulch because of termites, so I told Debbie that I wanted all the bark mulch out and gravel in it's place. The river rock gravel with larger limestone accent rocks blend in perfectly with the native rock found on the double lot.
"I have to be very careful with my plant choices.", says Ware. "There are so many deer here, they have to be deer tolerant and since I have no sprinkler system, they also have to be extremely drought tolerant.
Planting beds of Rug Juniper, Nandina, Dwarf Yaupon and Prostrate Lantana circle around the side and front of the house on the left. Beds that should have been awash with Yellow Lantana blooms were but a beautiful restful green. The neighborhood deer soon discovered the delictable blooms and decided they were a taste not to be denied.
A wide inlaid brick pathway fand steps lead up to the front door, inviting you in for a visit. A Topiary Jasmine stands elegantly by the side. A small angelic fountain sits to the right surrounded by more Nandina and Dwarf Youpon. Prostrate Yellow Lantana rounds out the flowerbed to the right. A huge Chinaberry Tree surrounded by wormwood add it's majestic height to the front entrance as well.
A lawn of St. Augustine and Bermudagrass mix surrounds the home, broken only by a graceful concrete circular drive, curling in from the street to the front pathway and out to the street again.


This yard is a must see if you enjoy lots of color, bees humming and butterflies galore! The plan, by Sagebrush Landscaping of San Marcos, was to enhance access to the front door and create a low maintenance garden. The foundation of this three year old garden is a winding crushed granite path that offers access from several points and is surrounded by weed restricted, irrigated beds that offer a variety of seasonal blooms and colorful foliage. The Nilson's combined the existing crepe myrtle, oleander, holly and lavender wisteria with cotoneaster, spirea, viburnum, barberry, abelia, grasses, native lantana and many varieties of salvia, yucca, rosemary and pink fringe bush. The back yard includes a watering spot, pecan trees, oaks, a native eves necklace and Texas persimmon trees.

The Grimes home on the Northwest side of town has been selected by Spring Lake Garden Club for Yard of the Month honors. The custom built two story home is situated on an eighty by two hundred eighty ft. lot in order to preserve most of the native vegetation and trees. Tom and Jody Grimes used the professional landscaping services of Debbie Jackson of Sagebrush with additional native plants and zoysia turf enhance and soften the natural setting, and also to provide minimum maintenance.
Sunlight filters through the leaf canopy, casting playful shadows on the native landscaping below. Wax myrtles and cenizo (Texas Sage) used near the street curb add privacy and protection to the interior landscaping. Large size gravel is used for mulch along the street and down the entrance drive, making the visual transition from concrete to vegetation. Lantana and dwarf yaupon are planted in the gravel mulched beds along with red salvia greggii. It is a veritable butterfly garden. Red yucca and yucca glorisoa dot the landscape in strategic corners. These plants as well as the red salvia are great hummingbird attractors. Yellow Carolina Jessamine lines the front of the home with barberry in its winter mauve red color and Burford Holly. Nandina is planted across the street frontage of the side entry garage.

James and Pat Pohl's home garnered Spring Lake Garden Clubs "Yard of the Month" honors for May from zone III in San Marcos. Their yard exemplifies the conservation of native plants, with selective removal of non-natives and complementary underplanting with colorful Texas natives.
Located in the heart of deer country, the Pohls have dealt with their four-legged friends since they built the home in 1976. They had lived off Hunder Road for awhile when they first located to San Marcos. "We moved into an entirely new world when we moved into town and onto Rogers Ridge," said Pat Pohl. "We lived with wildlife when we lived on Hunter Road, but we never had to deal with deer on a day-to-day basis! As the Mountain Laurel started dying, we began clearing the lot and started bringing in different varieties of plants on a trial basis."
When the Pohls built their home, the front yard that gently sloped to the street was covered with trees, both large and small. The trees offered a bit of privacy from the street and cover for the wildlife. The Pohls enjoyed their new home in the forest, serene and green. As the Chinaberry and Hackberry trees matured they gradually began to choke out the native, slower growing Mountain Laurel and Persimmon. As much as they hated to lose their privacy, the Pohls decided that the non-native trees had to come down to preserve the native ones they wished to keep.
Now the yard is framed by two, very large, free formed beds, delineating the private part of the front yard from the public street part with a clearing in the center for a view of the front of the home. Underplanted in the beds are salvia greggii, barberry, indigo spires sage, yucca and ornamental grasses. Close to the house, in the beds lining the front, are mealy blue sage, nandina, wormwood, and rosemary.
Debbie Jackson of Sagebrush Landscaping helped the Pohls with their landscaping needs, searching out just the right plants that would not be eaten by the deer.

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