United States of America, Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio
Oak Terrace (San Antonio, Texas)
A small garden on a quiet street, Oak Terrace is planned to be an extension of its home's interior as a relaxed outdoor space. The entrance to the house features a driveway court shaded by oaks, with laurel and viburnum serving as a screen providing intimacy. Changing annuals along with seasonal arrangements provide color, while aspidistra, xanadu philodendron, ophiopogon, and palms provide varying textures and heights around the parking court. A highlight in the front is a fountain featuring a sculpture of a young girl by artist Tom Corbin. The backyard patio area includes a long series of fountains that form a runnel along the brick wall, lending a New Orleans or Charleston feel to this area. Large mirrors along the brick wall give a sense of infinite space beyond. Planted around this shady garden room are yew trees, elephant ears, foxtail fern, variegated liriope, fan palms, fig ivy, live oaks, and cherry laurels. The garden has been a work in progress since 1980 and many changes have been made over the years. Some earlier landscape designs included unusual and interesting plants that could not take the warm temperatures and dry conditions of San Antonio, so more recently there has been a move to more indigenous and tropical plants that will thrive in the natural climate of the area.
Firms associated with the garden include Casa Verde Landscaping (landscaping contractors, 2002-2005) and Tony Villareal Landscape Design (landscape designers, 2006-2007).
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, a plant list, and additional information.