After the hottest summer on record for Austin and Central Texas – coupled with the dreaded Stage 2 watering restrictions – you might assume that Zilker Botanical Garden was looking a little shabby. Not the case at all! If you ventured into the garden this summer, as soon as you pulled into the parking lot a kaleidoscope of color and texture bombarded your eyes. Beds around the parking lot and garden center were given extra attention by PARD staff and all of this tender, loving care paid off.
Starting with the perennial Esperanza/Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) surrounding the stone sculpture of the Lone Star state, your visual tour around the parking lot includes a variety of thriving native and adapted plants that spent the summer as bedfellows with some showy non-natives…