Category: Perennials

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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Shasta Daisy

SHASTA DAISY Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum/Leucanthemuum maximum) is an easy perennial that blooms well in the NE Texas area. It thrives in most soils with moderate water and full sun, though it can tolerate and bloom in partial shade. Shasta varieties range in height from 10 inches to three feet. Blooms are always white with … […]

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Perennials For Shady Areas

PERENNIALS FOR SHADY AREAS Gardeners are usually more familiar with perennials for sunny areas of the landscape. However, many perennials prefer a shady to partially shaded area. Columbines (Aquilegia)are elegant plants with fern like foliage and abundant flowers in the spring. Two beautiful and useful native species are A. canadensis or wild columbine, with a … […]

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Saving Your Easter Lily

The blossoms on your Easter lily are starting to fade; you look at the plant and wonder “now what”? Here’s what you can do. After the last flower has withered, cut it off and keep the plant growing indoors until the weather warms up. After danger of frost has passed, place them in 6-8″ deep … […]

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Perennial Salvias

Perennial salvias are among the most overlooked ornamentals. There are more than 900 species, and many that are native to Texas and Mexico can provide a source of color that is especially surprising in the fall months when many bloomers have declined. Once established, most are hardy in winter temperatures as low as 20 degrees … […]

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Rain Lilies

RAIN LILIES Are orchids too expensive and time consuming for you? Do daylilies and irises take too much space? The rain lily is an answer for limited time and space. The rain lily is a wild flower, and hundreds of thousands have been reported blooming between Luling and Goliad in late April. The delicate flowers … […]

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Echinacea Or Purple Cornflower

As we incorporate more native and adapted plants into our landscapes, let’s not overlook one of our perennial herbs-Echinacea or purple cornflower. Although Echinacea E. purpurea is the one with which I am most familiar, there are nine varieties of Echinacea. E. purpurea is lower growing (1.5 to 5 feet) and more drought tolerant than … […]

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Purchasing Perennial Plants

Perennials, including ornamental grasses, roses, and ferns, are often grown in quart, one-gallon, or two-gallon containers and set out for display and sale when they are in full bloom. Although spring and fall are the best planting times, container-grown plants can be planted safely even during the height of summer if they are kept watered. … […]

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How To Prolong Daffodil Blossoms

In general, these spring flowers last longer on the plant than in a vase. The weather, however, can affect their longevity. Whereas cool, cloudy days help preserve the blooms for up to three weeks, hot, sunny days may cause them to fade overnight. To prevent the weather from curtailing bloom time, cut the flowers and … […]

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Planting Bulbs

Equipment: Bulb planter with long handle, and hand held planting trowel When to plant: Daffodils: late summer/early fall Tulips: late fall or the beginning of winter Lilies: between fall and early spring (Lilium candidum must be planted in the fall.) Gladiolus corms: early spring or mid-spring (stagger planting over several weeks to extend the display … […]

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