Miguel’s Imports- home to delightful sleeping Mexicans and more.

So in the spirit of shopping locally, here are photos from Miguel’s Imports  located in central Austin.  I bought my new tall raspberry pot at Miguel’s after shopping around at a few local nurseries; their prices were the best and their selection is impressive if not daunting.

An agave sun-dial shows the time…plus the weather forecast.

These green pots with their mottled pattern and the groovy hollowed tree planter were favorites of mine.

Giant hand-grenade planters, anyone?

Terra cotta is actually what I intended to buy, and they carry a wide selection, from classical to modern forms.  This photo shows only about a third of the terra cotta area.

Miguel’s nursery has mostly cacti and succulents that are also competitively priced.  I bought a trio of Agave parryi truncata.

These were large- maybe 3′ tall. What a great focal point for drama and ambiance.

This photo does not do these foot tall black clay bats justice.  They are cool.

BONUS:  Miguel’s has a healthy 50% off area….which is how I came to purchase a raspberry pot instead of terra cotta.

In the right setting….I love, love, love a classic “sleeping Mexican”….

….such as in the foyer of this Spanish Colonial home, the set for the Meg Ryan movie “Hanging Up”; more on this fabulous house can be found at the Hooked on Houses blog.

From the Laguna Dirt blog– Sleeping Mexicans used as bookends…

But,  I digress….back to Miguel’s Imports~  my photos show a small sample of their stock located on Burnet Rd. near the North Loop cross street.   It’s huge, locally owned, and the staff was very friendly and helpful to me.

Roll the Music, We Have a Winner….

But first I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by to leave a comment and show their enthusiasm for buying local and their appreciation toward The Natural Gardener

….the winner is LisaH of Austin!  Lisa, Congratulations!  I’ll send you an email with info. for redeeming your gift.   Thank you Natural Gardener for the donated certificate! 

I’m grateful to the very active Austin garden blogging community for introducing me to some independent nurseries that I am eager to visit soon…and for reminding me of the VALUE of shopping locally.    While shopping at local nurseries this past weekend I purchased….

Inland Sea Oats (chasmanthium latifolium) – (below) shade-loving, graceful and looks like a cross between bamboo and prairie grass;  I’m planting it in a strip between a fence and a walkway to soften the parallel edges of the space; it has great rustling movement in the lightest of breezes- nice to include nature’s music in a garden.  (photos provided by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Gardener of Good and Evil Blog)



Berkeley Sedge (carex divulsa) – (below) an evergreen carex that is clumping, grass like and floppy like rabbit ears, love it; I’m planting twenty of these in a portion of my garden that is part sun/shade where way-too-thirsty bermuda grass once was. (photo provided by The New York Times / garden design by Mark Word; Annie’s Annuals

Devil’s Shoestring (nolina texana) – (below) an evergreen uber hardy Texas native; I’m adding this amongst my boulders for year-round green and a truly authentic Texas Hill Country look.     (photo provided by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

 I’ve never seen any of the above lovely xeric plants at the big box stores.   Now, I’ve got to go get planting!   I’ll post photos soon…..

And, again, below  are some of the fabulous central Texas garden blogs that participated in Support Your Local Independent Nursery Month – brainchild of Pam Penick of Digging.  I visit these blogs often for inspiration and know-how.  


The Whimsical Gardener

Rock Rose

Vert Austin

Digging- It all starts with a patch of dirt

The Shovel-Ready Garden

Renee’s New Blog

Sharing Nature’s Garden 

Gardening in Austin

J Peterson Garden Design

Go Away, I’m Gardening!

Great Stems

Austin Nurseries Giveaway:The Natural Gardener

I am thrilled to offer you an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate from The Natural Gardener– a large, diverse and locally-owned nursery and all around cool place to hang out in Austin.   And what timing,  since fall is perfect for planting in Austin.  It’s true – check it out!   Leave a comment on this post (click to your left) and voila!  You just entered.  I’ll draw a name from entries here and announce the winner in one week, on October 27th. 

Check out The Natural Gardener’s website for great information on gardening and landscaping in Austin, such as monthly “To Do Lists” and “Tips” specific to Central Texas – so perfect for newbie me.   It’s also helpful to keep tabs on their “Weekly” page on the website for specials, events and coupons; for instance, this week there is a coupon for 25%  off any one item. 

And there’s more….. 

As part of Support Your Independent Nursery Month, Austin garden bloggers are featuring local nurseries and giveaways, with an aim to encourage shopping local.  These nurseries need our support just as much as we need their knowledge and inventory of garden goodies that are specific to Austin’s diverse and extreme conditions….

Native Plants + Local Know-How =

Lovely, Low-Cost, Low-Fuss Landscapes!

To encourage you to get to know and spend your dollars at one of our fine local nurseries, the following blog sites have teamed up with our home-grown nurseries to spread awareness and some gift-certificate love!   To enter each of the separate giveaways listed below, click on the blog’s name, enjoy the virtual nursery tour and simply leave a comment that will enter you to win that site’s prize that was generously donated from the featured local nursery~

Sharing Nature’s Garden: $50 gift certificate from Emerald Garden

J Peterson Garden Design: $50 gift certificate from The Great Outdoors

Go Away, I’m Gardening!: $100 gift certificate from Sunshine Landscape & Garden Center

Great Stems: $50 gift certificate from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery

The Whimsical Gardener: $25 gift certificate from It’s About Thyme

Rock Rose: $50 gift certificate from Shoal Creek Nursery  

Digging: $100 gift certificate & a Fall Power Package (valued at $50) from Barton Springs Nursery

 I know – quite a line-up, right? 

I hope you’ll visit The Natural Gardener soon- you’re in for a treat!

Rules for the giveaways-

  1.  You must leave a comment on this post to enter.
  2. Each participating blog will hold its own random drawing, so leave a comment on each blog to enter all the giveaways.
  3. Only one comment per person per giveaway.
  4. Participating bloggers and their families are ineligible to win.
  5. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on 10/26.
  6. Winners will be announced on each blog on 10/27.
  7. Winners must pick up the prize with a photo ID in person within two weeks of winning. Prizes will not be mailed.