“We worked with Sarah and Amy on an extensive outdoor project, and we are thrilled with the results. It looked great when it was first installed and looks even better now two years later as everything has grown in. All of the hardscape is still perfect and the plants they recommended are still thriving. I was adamant about not wanting the traditional 'xeriscaping' that is all over Austin. I showed them my extensive Pinterest outdoor page and they really listened and told me what wouldn't work in our harsh climate and why. They took my ideas/likes and created a very unique look. People are always stopping by our house and taking pictures and asking about the unique plants/flowers that were used. Also, they finished the project in the time frame and budget they proposed. There were no hidden surprises, and they are great communicators. They were personally at the site when much of the work was done. Highly recommend!”
Following an architectural expansion of this home in the Tarrytown neighborhood of west Austin by Brian Dillard Architecture, Eden Garden Design designed and built the landscape experience. This included introducing custom steel privacy screens, custom cut lueders limestone walkways, steel edging, dramatic outdoor lighting, and a small lawn area for two dogs. The clients were drawn to a formal aesthetic as well as low-water, succulent plantings. The botanical design blended low-maintenance, native and adapted plant materials with more traditional formal plants like Wintergreen boxwoods, as well as a modern palette of succulents, agaves, and cacti. Protected site conditions allowed for the use of marginally cold hardy succulents like the pedilanthus Lady's slipper. 'Falling Waters' bald cypress and clumping bamboo complemented the existing Asian elements of the garden. Due to its pet- and eco-friendly qualities, a high-end synthetic turf was selected for the canine play areas.
Hill Country Weavers
“The landscaping for our shop is stunning! Amy and Sarah worked with us to create a space that catered to all of the needs we had for the space (parking & event space, a cohesive facade & low maintenance/drought friendly plants) as well as maintaining our own identity with custom metal work and creative touches. They were able to take a very rough idea and flesh it out into a cohesive plan with lots of options for us to pick and choose from and were able to fit it all into our budget. They've been super attentive even now as we are settling into the finished landscape and have been by to keep an eye on the plantings and help us fine tune. Highly recommend these ladies!”
Eden excels at commercial remodels - this is one of our unique specialties that really sets us apart. For this project, we collaborated with Hill County Weavers, a south Austin knitting shop, on creating a garden for their brand new Manchaca Road location. Amy Hovis brought her experience as a commercial general contractor and designer to update the original 1950s exterior. We also introduced custom hardscape elements to define the space and create dramatic impact. These elements included custom steel trellises, custom steel planters and edging, stucco walls, and gravel flex space. Then we came in with soil amendments, drainage solutions and care for heritage trees. Finally, we identified the perfect tough-yet-beautiful plant palette and hand-selected each and every plant that was installed. Many of these are dye plants that be used in Hill Country Weavers educational program. Others create habitat value and attract pollinators, bringing life to what was before a lifeless landscape. This is a completely customized garden that brings so much attention and traffic to the business. The shop staff and customers alike love walking through the magical space every day! We enjoy seeing the way our work can transform a business and increase its clientele.
Mason County Ranch
Construction of this luxurious custom ranch residence in rural Mason county, Texas, resulted in an opportunity to create a low-maintenance, xericscape garden. Taking a phased approach, Eden Garden Design has worked for several years to restore the Hill Country plant diversity and aesthetic to the property, as well as introduce Texas-sourced hardscape elements that help establish the authentic sense of place. Custom cut lueders limestone walkways link the exterior spaces. New plantings of native grass and wildflower meadows now surround the home, blending into the overall landscape beyond. An outdoor pea gravel courtyard, framed by sculptural native plants, is animated by a custom board formed concrete water feature. A variety of colorful seasonal blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A small, low-maintenance native buffalo grass lawn provides a thoughtful play area for children. Low-voltage, LED lighting provides nighttime drama and navigation.
“Eden Garden Design is an incredible resource! This is the second time we've used them. For the latest project, they did a complete redesign and installation of all the landscape/hardscape of our new soft contemporary home. The landscape design complimented our home perfectly. Every decision or recommendation they made was right on target. We absolutely LOVE our front and back yards and appreciate their attention to every last detail. I highly recommend them!”
This stunning project was a complete renovation of a builder-grade landscape at Spanish Oaks in Bee Cave. Eden introduced a custom-cut lueders front walkway, custom steel screens, dramatic LED landscape lighting, a small and intentional zoysia front lawn area, and ruggedly beautiful, low-maintenance native Texas plants.
Brown County Restoration
Restoration projects are one of Eden's greatest passions. This special project is an extensive restoration effort at a ranch in Brown County, Texas. Construction, overgrazing, and land clearing led to reduced native vegetation and biodiversity and compacted, stripped soil conditions. Erosion was another threat to the beautiful site. The Eden team utilized land sculpting and soil restoration to bring vitality back to the ranch. We introduced contoured terrace berms to capture overland water flows, preserving water on site. Soil fertility was increased with the application of cow manure compost and compost tea. Weed-free wheat straw mulch retained moisture in the soil, allowing native seeds to germinate and thrive, suppressing weeds, and enriching the soil with humus during decomposition. Eden carefully selected a plant palette indigenous to Brown County, incorporating fifteen species of shrubs and trees and more than thirty species of grasses and wildflowers. Within four months after completion, the site had completely transformed into an oasis.