Category: Perennials

Bulb Care

  BULB CARE #1 In the spring, gardeners are more than ready for a big show, and the spring-flowering bulbs are an important part of that show. But bulbs are busy year round and have a special need during each season of the year. The fall is the proper time to plant your bulbs to … […]

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Winter Color

HELLEBORES (LENTEN ROSE) FOR WINTER COLOR Winter color in the garden is a desire of all avid gardeners. Hellebores, also known as Lenten Rose, are a wonderful addition to the shade garden. These are long-lived plants that bloom late winter or early spring. There are many varieties with color ranges from purple, red, near black, … […]

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Winter Arrangements

Taking a quick look over your garden during the chilly winter months, you might think there’s not much to see. But look again. There’s really quite a bit of beauty out there, especially if you bring it indoors. All those dried seedpods, sweet gum pods, rose hips, flower heads, berries, acorns, ornamental grasses, and broken … […]

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Veronica

This old-fashioned perennial is a wonderful addition to the garden. Veronica comes in a variety of colors, but the most common one is the large-spiked ‘Sunny Border Blue’ and the ground cover ‘Waterperry Blue.’ Other varieties available are ‘Red Fox,’ ‘White Icicle,’ ‘Blue Charm,’ ‘Georgia Blue,’ and ‘Pink.’ Veronica blooms from March through September, but … […]

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Verbenas

The summer of 1998, with its high daily temperatures, has been a test of many gardeners’ perseverance. We watched as our flowering plants faded, wilted, and even died. With water restrictions or voluntary control of water use, our plants very likely didn’t get as much water as we would have preferred. Even so, some plants … […]

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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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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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