Having trouble deciding what to plant in your combination of shade, part sun, and sunny garden? Try a combination of a few easy to grow plants. Astilbe blooms from June through August and is perfect for that mostly shady to filtered sun location. Butterfly Plant blooming in June and July is a low maintenance perennial, attracts butterflies, and does well in those partly sunny to sunny spots in the garden. Also, well adapted for this same location are Black-Eyed Susan and Coneflowers. Both bloom from July through September and are easy-to-grow perennials for East Texas. Finally, try Yarrow, which blooms from June through September and is a hardy, drought-tolerant perennial for those full sun locations in the garden. Into bulbs? Crocosmia, a rapidly multiplying perennial and hummingbird attractor, blooms in July and August and brightens up those already full sun locations. Planting this combination of plants creates variety, color, and texture for every location in the gard
en and provides constant bloom color all summer long.
John M. Woolverton, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service