A Cottage Garden with plants for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds is located in Indian Lakes at 3144 Chaco Canyon Dr., College Station, TX 77845. This is the home of Phillip and Susan Smith.
The Smith garden is part of a two-acre lot which is heavily wooded with the allure of a creek running through it. They have chosen to have veggies, herbs and flowering plants co-mingled in the garden. The front garden has native plants such as Blackfoot daisy, vitex, beauty berry, celeste fig and yaupon interspersed with perennials such as zinnias, vinca, iris, senna trees and roses. Earthkind practices such as rainwater collection, mulch and compost, as well as dry creek use for controlling erosion are also part of the front garden.
The back garden contains vegetables, herbs, daylilies, roses, citrus and perennials. The retaining wall gives a way to grow plants near the edge of the forest. Earthkind practices used in the back garden include drip irrigation, use of mulch and compost to enrich the soil and container gardening for visual interest. Wildlife continues to use the space on the property in increasing numbers. No pesticides are used other than for ants.