Sue’s Garden Oasis

gillnurseryGarden Design, Life in The Garden4 Comments

After Sue’s recent visit to the Caribbean, she was inspired to bring a slice of paradise back to Corpus Christi and hired me to bring her dream to fruition. We took a lot of time discussing plant options and their characteristics; flowering, foliage color, shade tolerance, water needs, and so on. We developed a comprehensive list of plants reminiscent of a lush tropical oasis that would tolerate our local conditions, and I must say we were blessed with some mature trees that provide the protection needed for the landscape to thrive. Our layering approach enabled us to create an immersive space that is also forgiving in terms of maintenance and water conservation.

On a recent visit to Sue’s I was happy to see that the project is maturing into the design that we envisioned. The plant selections are naturally adapting to the environment harmoniously; everyone is getting along great! Our careful planning paid off; the majority of the landscape only needs watering every few weeks and very few weeds have come up. Dense shade areas and thick plantings reduce the germination of weeds and their ability to spread into open spaces.

Sue loves spending time in her garden. She commented that when she thinks about her yard, she feels a combined sense of pride and relaxation. As a designer, it brings me great joy in knowing that Sue has created a landscape that is reflective of her. Sue says her friends and neighbors are pleased by the unique landscape she’s created. She mentioned joggers have made her yard a regular picnic stop because they enjoy the space so much. Even the pets love it – congrats to Sue on a job well done!

I encourage you to call me and let’s start your own garden paradise.  


-Phillip Elbert, Landscape Designer, (361) 992-9674

4 Comments on “Sue’s Garden Oasis”

  1. When I read “Caribbean landscape”, I think white sand, palm trees and lush green grass. So the pictures of Sue’s yard obviously exceeded my limited imagination. The first word I thought of was “sculptural” and then serene”. Thanks so much for sharing.

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