Category: Flowers

Texas Gold Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha)

The Texas Gold Columbine has the distinction of having a Texas Superstar rating by Texas A&M University’s state-wide agricultural test program. This lovely old flower has commonly been called Granny’s Bonnet. Though it is native to the Big Bend area, we can now enjoy this beautiful flower across our state. The Texas Gold variety can … […]

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Turk’s Cap

TURK’S CAP Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii) is a native shrub of both Texas and Mexico. Also known as Drummond wax-mallow, it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and moths. It has a woody or semi-woody base and many stems, with leaves that are large, notched and slightly fuzzy. It goes especially well in a more casual … […]

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TULIPS To your list of fall preparations for spring don’t forget about tulips. They are an ideal compliment to azaleas and a colorful addition to your beds. They make cheerful borders and beautiful mass plantings. They are perfect accents to early-flowering perennials and mix very well with pansies. Mass plantings of single colors give a … […]

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Sunflowers (Helianthus)

Sunflowers are one of the most important annual oil-seed crops in Texas. The cultivated types are descendants of the common, wild sunflower, which is a Texas native. Sunflowers tolerate cool temperatures and drought, a wide range of soil and climate conditions, even hail, wind and sand abrasion. They also have low water and nutrient requirements, … […]

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A Sunflower Hideaway

It’s easy and fun to help children create a summer hide-away with sunflowers. The first thing to do is to throw out the idea that sunflowers need to be planted in rows. For this project, the sunflowers will be planted round and round in a circle! You’ll need: a garden spot that gets at least … […]

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Summer Snowflakes

Summer snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum., is the correct common name of what we frequently call snowdrops. The foliage comes up in February and looks almost exactly like that of the daffodil, which blooms about the same time. The flowers usually appear in March. They are tiny, white dangling bells about one-half inch long. Each petal sports … […]

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Summer Color

It’s difficult to choose only one flower to add extra color to your flowerbeds during our hot Texas summers. Tough as it may be, I’ve narrowed the list down to my two favorites. These might become some of your favorites as well. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.) is a handful of sunshine. I love the outstanding … […]

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Stapelia Gigantea

I have been growing this succulent for almost 50 years. I got a cutting from my wife’s aunt when we were dating and I have been growing and sharing it with others ever since. The plant resembles a cactus with four sided spineless stems or “fingers” 6-9 inches long. It is a member of the … […]

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Spider Lily

SPIDER LILY Is a “Naked Lady” a lily? No, the versatile spider lily, sometimes referred to as naked lady or mystery lily, is not a true lily; rather it belongs to the Lycoris genus, part of the Amaryllis family. Their large, striking blooms have curled petals and stamens that give them their spidery appearance. They … […]

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Common Name: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) Snapdragons were introduced to me when I was a little girl, by my Nana Elizabeth in Oklahoma. We were walking through her flower garden and she stopped and proudly picked a bright yellow snapdragon bloom. She showed me how to pinch the eye-catching tubular flower to make its “mouth” open … […]

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