Native grasses frame the walkway to this Preston Hollow home
A gravel garden inspired by the local pecan groves and the entrance to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
Buffalo grass and bluebonnets add color and movement to this no-water yard.
Afternoon light catches the blooms of Lindheimer's Muhly.

Waterwise Preston Hollow prairie

This house and landscape suffered from multiple personalities–Asian, Santa Fe, ranch–before both were remodeled.  The first move was taking out a 3,000 square foot circle drive and replacing  it with a buffalo grass lawn. Growing only to 8 inches, the lawn never needs mowing, watering or fertilizing. The rest of the property is planted with a mix of drought-tolerant and colorful native and adapted plants. In 2009, the yard won the Dallas Water Utilities Waterwise Landscape contest.

At the entry, five-foot ‘crop’  rows were laid out to recall the site’s past life as a cotton field. Muhly grass, autumn sage, feather grass and roses create movement and interest all year. A gravel garden planted with a bosque of cedar elms offers a tranquil place to sit and greet the neighbors.