Hill Country Gardens
Gardening in the Texas Hill Country
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Garden Designs

Do you need an idea for dressing up the gate to your Hill Country home or ranch?  Want to attract hordes of butterflies?

Here are some garden designs from a couple of Hill Country gardeners.

Portal Habitat Design
by Joan Muhkerjee

OBJECTIVE: Mini-habitats which enhance entryways to ranches, homes, and businesses, often serving as a frame for signage.
These habitats usually require plants which thrive in full sun, look nice throughout the year and require little maintenance and little or no supplemental water. (However to be an habitat there must be a source of water accessible for wildlife.)

They will be viewed from a distance so they need to be eye catching with nice shapes and masses of color. I am suggesting small trees, bushes, clumps of larger plants and and beds of colorful bloomers.

Click here for the Plant List


Hill Country Butterfly Garden
by Jane Brunclik

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond. ~Irish Blessing


David and Cynthia Castleberry have created a nature preserve where photographers can capture the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Texas Hill Country.

This butterfly garden was designed for
Peaceful Springs Nature Preserve as backdrop for visiting photographers as well as a wildlife habitat to be enjoyed by the Castleberrys.

You'll find design tips, butterfly and plant lists on the following pages. Get Started Here