Category Archives: The New Homeowner

  • HDG on DIY Yardcrashers

    Posted on September 3, 2016 by Kristin in 3 Dimensional Models, First Time Landscape Owners, Projects, Renovations, Texas Natives, The New Homeowner.

    HDG Landscape Design was fortunate enough to be selected as the first and only Texas designer for DIY Yardcrasher’s Houston episode.  The California crew and host soon realized things really are bigger in Texas after receiving lots of donated resources from generous local companies including Tomball’s beloved nursery, The Arbor Gate.  We were about to […]

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  • Bulbine

    Posted on August 15, 2016 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, The New Homeowner.

    Looking for a unique and showy succulent for your Central Texas garden? Tropical-looking Bulbine is sure to become the “star” of your garden. Bulbine frutescens, or Bulbine, is a clumping, succulent, tender perennial with aloe-looking leaves and bright blooms.  Bulbine’s tough evergreen leaves grow 18”-24” high and spread just as far. The showy, star-shaped yellow […]

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  • Mexican Feather Grass

    Posted on August 1, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Great for Kids, Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, Texas Superstar, The New Homeowner.

    Nassella tenuissima, more often known as Mexican Feather Grass is a common ornamental grass in Texas landscapes and still referred to Stipa tenuissima by some authorities. This perennial grass can reach 24” to 36” in height and 15” to18” in width. Ornamental grasses in general are grown for a texture and interesting foliage. Mexican Feather Grass […]

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  • Red Yucca – Hesperaloe parviflora

    Posted on July 1, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, The New Homeowner.

    Hesperaloe parviflora, also known as Red Yucca, is a moderately growing perennial often used in Texas native and water wise landscaping.  It is hardy in all of Texas, the south and into the mid-west, from zone 5 to 11, and requires full sun. Red Yucca is an evergreen plant with long slender succulent like leaves […]

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  • Endeavoring DIY

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Renovations, The New Homeowner.

    If you didn’t read the article on Hiring an Installer, then I recommend it before continuing. The same concepts will apply.  With a DIY project, service must be the highest priority on your list. You will need the help of a team of professionals who have done it before to “do-it-yourself,” and you will need […]

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  • Hiring An Installer

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Projects, The New Homeowner.

    When you are considering hiring an installer, start by determining what is the most valuable to you. The rule of thumb is that you receive a good value for 2 of 3 things offered by a landscape installation company (or most companies for that matter).  Those things are service, price, and quality. For instance, if […]

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  • Hiring A Designer

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Kristin in First Time Landscape Owners, Projects, Renovations, The New Homeowner.

    There are many types of landscape designers and companies offering design services.  Each company has different goals and approaches to design. Determine what your goals are, what design services are most valuable to you, and pick a design company you trust. Look on the company’s website for a description of the designer’s background you will […]

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  • Planting for Dogs

    Posted on January 9, 2015 by Kristin in The New Homeowner.

    Many homeowners with dogs struggle with the same problems and ask the same questions. How do I get my dog to stop peeing on my garden? Are there dog pee resistant plants? Are there DOG resistant plants? The truth is, training is the best way to handle plant related dog problems, but there are some […]

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  • Foxtail Fern

    Posted on November 21, 2014 by Kristin in Landscape Plant Material, The New Homeowner.

    Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii,’ commonly known as Foxtail Fern, is not a true fern, but a showy ornamental shrub with arching, lime green, soft, needle-like leaves. Growing 2’-3’ tall and just as wide, this versatile shrub can be used as a “thriller” in containers, in a mass planting or as a striking accent in the landscape. […]

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  • Gulf Muhly – Muhlenbergia capillaris

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Ashley in Landscape Plant Material, Texas Natives, The New Homeowner.

    Muhlenbergia capillaris, most commonly known as Gulf Muhly, Pink Muhly, or Hair Grass, is a hardy ornamental grass native to Texas and most of the United States; however, it grows most successfully in zones 8-11.  Gulf Muhly grows only to 3 foot tall and wide, and it has a wide range of uses in the […]

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