The garden of Redenta’s Garden owner Ruth Kinler


October 12, 2020

It was the colorful, modern Fermob furniture that first lured me into Redenta’s Garden, a beloved Dallas nursery “for the modern gardener.” (Click for my tour.) So when I visited the home garden of owner Ruth Kinler, I was happily unsurprised to see more of that fabulous outdoor furniture adorning her own patios and lawn.

Ruth kindly invited me over to her Arlington garden following my tour of the Redenta’s Landscape Design test garden in nearby Fort Worth. (I’ll soon share a post about owners Michael and Lorie Kinler’s home garden.) Ruth and her husband, Dick, have a ranch home overlooking a small lake, and their back garden is designed to take advantage of the waterside view. The lake was being dredged for maintenance while we were there, so I didn’t take photos, but we can imagine.

Ruth and Dick naturally turned to Redenta’s Design, the design/build studio operated by their son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Lorie. They terraced the backyard lawn to create garden beds and built a steel-framed patio roof with string lights and ceiling fans, perfect for sitting and enjoying the lake view.

The patio’s roof slants up, butterfly-style, so as not to block the view. Orange Fermob tables and chairs offer lots of seating.

Beside the patio, a plow-disc fountain splashes alongside a large spineless prickly pear that screens the neighbor’s yard.

A collection of pots along the patio’s edge holds a variety of dry-loving plants, including slipper plant (Pedilanthus macrocarpus), which Ruth brings indoors in winter.

Sedum and other succulents thrive in troughs, along with a spiny prickly pear.

Succulent goodness

I admired this shadow effect across a birdbath.

Ruth grows tough native and adapted perennials for pollinators and birds, and her terraced beds are colorful.

She lets seedheads remain on spent coneflowers for birds to eat.

Autumn sage (Salvia greggii) and lion’s tail (Leonotis leonurus) in bloom

Ruth also loves the odd tropical, like this glorious, tree-sized plumeria. I asked what she does with it in winter, and she laughed ruefully about the difficulty in moving it indoors.

It looks pretty against the blue autumn sky.

A potted bougainvillea brightens up a retaining wall.

A small lawn on the middle terrace holds a fire pit and a mod Fermob bench.

Red fruit on a small pomegranate reminds me of Christmas tree balls. A red hibiscus towers behind it.

Rosy pomegranates

And a fire-engine-red Texas hibiscus flower — ka-pow!

Black-eyed Susan and Russian sage make an attractive combo.

Lindheimer muhly adds a spray of fine foliage.

Zinnias grow in a small patch near the back patio.

I was surprised to see Baja fairy duster (Calliandra californica) growing here. It’s very heat and drought tolerant but hardy only to 25 F. But recent winters have been warm. The powder-puff flowers are eye-catching.

Ruth lets her basil flower for the bees.

And here’s Ruth, posing under her treasured plumeria. Now you can really see how big it is! Thank you, Ruth and Dick, for sharing your lovely garden with me!

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