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Palms, agaves, and edibles in Peter Schaar Backyard – Digging


October 27, 2020

I used to be blissful to have the chance to see the backyard of Peter Schaar in Dallas in early October. I do know Peter as a palm and agave lover, a rose fanatic (be aware the Texas Rose Rustler t-shirt), and an avid cook dinner with a style for rising herbs and different edibles. He’s additionally a longtime commenter at Digging (since 2011) who usually shares fascinating snippets about his travels together with his late spouse, Julie, and private anecdotes about Texas’s gardening trailblazers like John Fairey and Pam Puryear.

Peter is reticent about his personal work as a backyard designer (a second profession after 30 years as an utilized mathematician) and academic speaker, as I discovered once I learn a 2006 D Journal article about him referred to as “The Mathematician’s Garden.” In brief, Peter has gardening chops and a wealth of data about gardening in North Texas, which he generously shares with others.

Peter’s backyard, situated in Dallas’s Lakewood neighborhood, is filled with fringe-fingered palms, strappy crinums, arrowhead-leaf alocasia, and spiky agaves and sotols. Edible herbs, chiles, and even leafy greens are stuffed in as nicely.

Cobalt pots elevating succulents and agaves run a blue colour scheme by way of the backyard.

Tropical-looking (however hardy) alocasia and native chile pequin make a reasonably combo.

A starburst of pencil-thin agave leaves. Peter must remind me of the title.

Bushy palms or palmettos look fantastic silhouetted in opposition to the brilliant sky. In addition they assist disguise energy traces and neighboring homes.

Lantana blazing within the sunny area alongside the again fence

Colourful chard is fairly to develop even in case you don’t eat it.


The powder-blue leaves of Wheeler’s sotol stand out in entrance of monarch-attracting frostweed.

Bees benefit from the frostweed too.

Working it

A whale’s tongue agave in a blue pot attracts the attention throughout the backyard.

Peter has turned his suburban yard right into a botanical joyride!

My thanks, Peter, for a pleasant backyard go to and for the yummy birthday pastries as nicely!

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