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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
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Primetime Newspapers
By Calvin R. Finch, PhD, SAWS Water Resources Director, and Horticulturist
Week of March 20, 2006
“Xeriscape Contest”  

            Do you have a xeriscape landscape?  If you do, consider the Contest for 2006. 

            Entries are now being accepted for the 2006 Watersaver Landscape Contest. 

            Contest organizers are looking for individual homeowners who have installed water-conserving landscapes with an eye for originality, ingenuity, and imagination.   

            There are two contest categories: existing xeriscapes designed by the homeowner and existing xeriscapes created by a professional designer.  Homeowners who have the winning landscape in each of the categories will receive a $400 nursery gift certificate.  Second place winners will receive a $200 certificate; third place winners a $100 gift certificate.  

Winning yards will also be included in the annual Contest Tour scheduled for Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, 2006.   

            To enter, pick up a contest brochure available at most of the local nurseries and garden centers, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, or contact Gardening Volunteers of South Texas (GVST) at (210) 522-9220.  Deadline to enter is Friday, March 31, 2006.  Submit the entry form along with a maximum of five color photographs that display various views of your yard.  For those homeowners who meet the contest criteria, a panel of judges will make site inspections.   

            The criteria includes low water usage, overall planning and design, a wide array of low water use plants, appropriate use of turf, creative use of hardscapes (walkways, decking, paving), use of color, use of mulch, and how little maintenance the landscape requires.  

            Complete details are outlined in the contest brochure. 

            Contest sponsors are the San Antonio Water System, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Edwards Aquifer Authority, San Antonio River Authority, and San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas.  

For more information, contact GVST at (210) 522-9220, or 


A xeriscape landscape is generally defined as an attractive landscape that does not use much water.  It usually has less than 50% grass, and the lawn it has is one of the drought tolerant grasses like zoysia, Bermuda or buffalo grass.


There are hundreds of wonderful native and well adapted plants that qualify as xeriscape plants.  Among my favorites are: 


·      Trees – live oaks, Texas red oak, Monterrey oak, cedar elm, Chinese pistache, bur oak, Lacey oak, Montezuma cypress, chinkapin oak, Texas redbud, Mexican plum, desert willow, and Arizona cypress. 

·      Shrubs – hollies (yaupon, dwarf Chinese, Burford, possumhaw, Nellie Stevens, and others) nandinas, viburnum, Texas mountain laurel, old-fashioned roses, pomegranate, esperanza, poinciana, firebush, wax myrtle, agarita, and pyracantha.


·      Perennials – iris, coneflowers, daylilies, daffodils, paperwhites, Texas gold columbines, salvia, Turks cap, and shrimp plant     .


·      Annual flowers – moss roses, purslane, bluebonnets, larkspur,coreopsis, poppies, vinca, and sunflowers.


·      Groundcovers – Asiatic jasmine, dwarf ruellia, spreading juniper, monkey grass, and liriope.


·      Vines – Trumpet creeper, passion vine, Virginia creeper, cross vine, butterfly vine, and coral vine.


A xeriscape can include high water using plants like modern roses, fruit trees, and vegetables, but they should be limited in terms of total area, and arranged so they can be watered separately from the low water use plants.