Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

Property border project completed and extended…

Remember this project – the one where I set out to define our property line?  It is done!  Well, kind of…but more on that in a minute.I got my hands on endless truck loads of free rocks (feels like endless piles when you are moving them from the ground into a truck) so I jumped on it!  From the main street, the rocks clearly define my garden from the neighbours yard, and it also makes our property look bigger.  No more wondering, what yard is what yard.  I like that.  And my sweet neighbour got really into it and planted lavender all along it – gotta love that!  It will look pretty and block their mower weed seeds a wee bit from flying over here.

Now here is where the project gets bigger.  I mean…I could hardly do one side and not the other!  Right?!  So here is the other side of our property line now defined as well.  But I am not stopping here, truckloads of free rocks may as well be diamonds to me.  I am not even kidding you!

The front beds are now also lined with rocks just in time for my re-design of this area.  I also decided to go ahead and line the rest of the beds to cover up the metal edging that I am not wild about.  This project just got a whole lot bigger.  But with free rocks and a friends truck, I am going for it!!!  (as long as my body keeps up with my mind-OUCH I AM SORE!)

The borders will look a lot better after I backfill them with decomposed granite and cover up that edging entirely.  I wish I knew then what I know now – I would have skipped that metal edging entirely.  Although that would have taken all the fun out of it…Ha! Yeah right.  Makes me feel better though.Here is a close-up of one of my favorite rocks.  All of these rocks are from Texas and therefore true to place.  I think rocks and substrates in general from WHERE YOU LIVE are much more natural looking and beautiful than buying them from somewhere else entirely.  Or maybe that is just too exotic for my taste (meaning expensive. Ha!).  So in my San Antonio garden, you will see a whole lot of Texas limestone, Texas pinky-sparkly granite, and Texas cedar mulch baby!

To see how this project evolved see part 1 and part 2.

Okay – it is time to take the kids out to chase the chickens while mama has an ice cold beer – Texas beer of course (although I do wish it was a Canadian beer!)


  1. Looks fantastic! I feel your pain with moving rocks – Ouch! Love that your neighbors planted Lavender next to your rock. Looks like you are inspiring your neighbors.
    PS Free rock is the best kind of rock!

    • Thanks so much Steph, and yes, FREE ROCKS ROCK! Xeriscaping sure is contagious for sure, I just love it! My neighbour has also started to create a large xeric bed in the middle of her front yard too! Yay – good for all. – xericstyle

  2. Nice! It’s looks soo good. And so very warm!!!! The lavenders will be a nice touch too on behalf of your neighbours and really go well with your plantings. But I am smitten with your wonderful rosemary I kind make out in the background. They are one plant that is soo underrated. I want to just run my hands through them and get that wonderful aroma. That and make rosemary lemonade.

    • Awe- thanks Louis! You will be even happier when I tell you I am contemplating a palm in the near future. Which one do you recommend if I want one for LOW screening purposes – not a trunked tall one. What is your rosemary lemonade recipe – do tell?! Sounds YUMMY! I have the house bordered in rosemary – you caught that, eh? Keeps stray cats away so has the dual purpose of that and looking cool and unruly like I like – xericstyle

      • Oh this sounds very exciting. Low growing palms you might consider would be sabal minor. It is incredibly hardy and in a few decades might develop a couple feet of trunk. It’s essentially the dwarf relative of the regular sabal palms that you see all over the gulf coast. The chamaerops humilis cerifera is another good one. It can get big eventually but is slow growing and has an interesting blue colour to it. I’ll keep thinking about this… see if there are others that come to mind.

        As for rosemary lemonade, I just make a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan with a few sprigs of rosemary. You can break it up a bit for a little bit extra rosemary flavour. Then I take freshly squeezed meyer lemons, club soda, syrup to taste, and lots of ice :). It is the perfect refreshment.

      • This is JUST the perfect info I needed – I will be a google machine with what you send me. Man, I love blogging! THANK YOU LOUIS! Much appreciated. And as for the rosemary lemonade – CONSIDER IT MADE! I will call it, LOUISADE ;) – xericstyle

      • I think it will be the sabal minor! Thanks again Louis – I’ll keep ya posted! -xericstyle

  3. That’s an impressive amount of work there and you did it yourself! I also feel your pain. Your yard is looking good and it’s always nice to have a defined property line.

    • Thanks Shirley! I am taking the day off today, but there are more rocks in my future tomorrow or Monday. Ha! I like to do things during the week, so when my husband comes home, and my kindergartener, it is like a little game my little girl and I play with the boys…”what is different today?”. I guess by your namesake, you don’t have to leave your property to haul in rocks, eh???? Heee! LUCKY!- xericstyle

  4. Well-done, and the TX beer might just go better with TX cuisine better than Canadian beer. Well, maybe! I’m all for free, local materials and reusing whatever was there used not-so-well, originally. Edging…ha!

    • You may be right, Texas beer is pretty great with Texas-style food. I guess I just miss my Canadian beer (I am sorry Texans, but it is the bestest)! Edging schmedging – totally agree with your line of thinking David, and apply it! Only wish I was your student last year! I appreciate you so much! -xericstyle

  5. Yay for free rocks and yuccas! Your garden is looking mighty fine. I love that painted wall, by the way.

    • Thank you Pam – that means so much to me. And free rocks and yuccas are pretty sweet for sure! The wall is an extension (kind of) of our house – so when we painted the brick of our home a few months ago, we decided to do the “fence walls” too. It came out nice, although I often ponder if we should have done them a different color. I still may….you got my wheels turning after all your recent desert posts with so much desert wall color. and I read a fabulous feature story you posted as well in the past that spoke to that as well. So thanks for making me want to change things already Pam! ha! – xericstyle

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