Floribunda Plant and Landworks

Floribunda Nursery, Austin TXAugust in Austin–our minds rarely stray to gardening. The relentless sun has seared the lawns brown and any plants that have survived this far along into summer are limp and wilted by 9 each morning. Nevertheless the garden calendars for Central Texas admonish us to be planning our fall gardens. Ah, fall. When life outdoors returns to bearable.

Luckily, Austin gardeners are not limited to plant hunting in the big box stores. Even after Howard Nursery’s recent closure, we have a wealth of small, independent nurseries.

Whenever I’m looking for inspiration, I drop by Floribunda (Lamar, just north of Oltorf). These people have designed some arresting gardens around town; one of my favorites is the hedge made of turf at 701 West Mary. Wander around the nursery and you’ll see other turf sculptures including a large grass couch.

The mood at Floribunda tends toward the whimsical. I’m especially fond of the small trailer set up in the back like a child’s playhouse. They have a wonderful selection of colorful pots and unusual containers.

Don’t expect to find giant flats of petunias and marigolds. However, if you’re looking for cacti, succulents, drought-tolerant perennials or native trees, Floribunda is the place to start. Those of you restricted to gardening on a balcony will find some fanciful ideas for container gardening.

2 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

    I’m also a fan of Plantescape Gardens on s. 1st. The guy who worked there was really cool to me, especially nice since I know squat about plants. I think I might get a sweet Thai Lime from there :o)

  2. Fletch (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

    When I “greened” my apt. when I first moved to Austin, the staff at Floribunda was exceedingly helpful in pointing out plants that could survive in handle the climate and a small apartment. If I had anymore space, I’d definitely head back.

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