Houston Lifestyle

Landscaping Tips & Tricks Picking Sustainable Plants

If you are wondering what plants to select when re-landscaping after the most recent freeze, use the Earth-Kind® plant selector to help. This will help you to choose the best plants and trees to grow in your yard. The options below will help to plan a beautiful, low maintenance design, while conserving and protecting natural resources. They help to reduce the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides that you use in your landscape while providing protection against heat, drought, pests and more.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension suggests the following plants for each category:

  • Grasses & Lawns – Buffalograss, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, Texas Bluegrass, Tall Fescue
  • Ornamental Grasses – Dwarf Pampas Grass, Sea Oats, Annual Fountain Grass, Perennial Fountain Grass
  • Ground covers – Turk’s Cap, Wintercreeper Euonymus, Rockrose, Climbing Fig, Monkey Grass
  • Herbs – Rosemary
  • Topiary – Yaupon, Chinese Holly, Japanese Yew, Viburnums, English Ivy
  • Small Shrubs – Barbados Cherry, Dwarf Pomegranate, Giant Turks’ Cap, Japanese Flowering Quince
  • Medium Shrubs – Rough-Leaf Dogwood, Foster’s Holly, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Sweet Mock Orange
  • Large Shrubs – Mexican Plum, Parsley Hawthorn, Washington Hawthorn, Nellie R. Stevens Holly
  • Small Trees – Callery Pear, Escarpment Live Oak, Chinese Photinia, Chinese Parasol Tree, Southern Waxmyrtle
  • Medium Trees – Chinkapin Oak, Southern Red Oak, Camphor Tree, Texas Red Oak, Canary Island Date Palm
  • Large Trees – Bur Oak, Southern Red Oak, Montezuma Cypress, Common Baldcypress, Winged Elm
  • Spreading Conifer – Eastern Redcedar, Oriental Arborvitae, Shore Juniper
  • Upright Conifer – Japanese Black Pine, Maki, Leyland Cypress, Slash Pine, Loblolly Pine
Real Estate, Real Estate Market Data, Uncategorized

State of the Market, A Timeline leading to low inventory

There’s been no stopping Houston’s housing market throughout the recent months despite historically low inventory and deviation from seasonal trends. Several factors including the most recent winter storm that swept Texas, limited new construction starts, a new wave of Millennial purchasers, and disruptions by COVID-19 have all contributed to a lack of properties on the market. Each of these has had a different impact on Houston real estate and we explore them below.

All in all, if you have been considering putting your home on the market or selling an investment property, you should take advantage of these market conditions. Continue Reading

Houston Lifestyle

LIVE FROM JONES HALL

Music lives on at the Houston Symphony as they weather current events to keep culture at the heart of Houston. Enjoy classical masterworks and popular favorites at Jones Hall during a socially distanced concert. The Symphony is also proud to be the first American orchestra to regularly livestream its performances every week for patrons to enjoy from home!

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Houston Lifestyle

MAKING MODERN AT THE MFAH

Exterior view of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building; Photo by Peter Molick

THE NANCY AND RICH KINDER BUILDING

Designed by Steven Holl Architects the Nancy and Rich Kinder building is the third MFAH gallery building, and was designed to expand and enhance the MFAH campus while standing in complementary contrast to the existing buildings.
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Houston Neighborhoods, Real Estate

Houston Heights Historic District VS non-Historic District Properties

We were doing some statistical analysis, as we typically do this time of year, and found some interesting information by comparing sales in the Historic Districts against sales outside of these districts in The Heights. The Greater Heights area includes seven historic districts, each with slightly different characteristics. All seven have limitations on what can be done to a Contributing Structure.

Details on what criteria and what constitutes a contributing structure can be found at the City of Houston’s Historic Preservation Manual website.

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