Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In Praise of Native Plants

Growing landscape plants in Texas can be a real challenge, unless you utilize plants that come from here, and thrive in this unique climate.

Fall Aster - blooms dependably in October
Fortunately, there's a large palate of beautiful plants to work with, some suited for sun and others for shade.  This wretched Texas heat teaches its plants to live with very little water, once established, and so they can save us all kinds of time and money to maintain.

Mexican Mint Marigold - smells like licorice, and makes a nice tea
 If you're interested in learning a little about your options as a Texas home and landowner, come by the farm this Saturday, June 25, at 10:30 AM to learn about some really nice plants.  I'll also let you know where you can buy these tough-as-nails beauties.

Turks Cap - shade or sun-loving, and irresistible to hummingbirds
Natives (and also some adapted-to-Texas varieties) are not only easy-care and beautiful, but most have observable bird and wildlife benefits.  Bring the critters to you...

Pavonia, or Rock Rose - sweet, care-free blossoms all summer
Strong plants, suited to the climate and soil, experience less stress and fewer problems with bugs, fungus, or other pesky problems.  Doesn't it just make sense to work with the environment we live in, rather than fight it?

Ageratum (also known as Blue Mist Flower or Boneset) - draws Monarch butterflies in the fall
Saturday we'll also spin and knit in the LRB from 10 AM to about 3 PM.  The AC repair guy is coming tomorrow, so I have every confidence that we'll be enjoying comfortable, no-sweat crafting time together.  See you Saturday!

2 comments:

  1. That Pavonia looks a lot like a hibiscus... *:)

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  2. It does! It's a little mini-hibiscus... only about an inch, or an inch and a half across ;-)

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