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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Strive and Thrive in Texas

On Saturday, the ladies of the Westmont Garden Club visited the Resource Connection where the Tarrant County Master Gardeners often offer classes. This one was Strive and Thrive in the Drought.

We were reminded that some plants go dormant in the hot Texas summer and drop leaves to conserve moisture or eliminate the need for it. Like in the winter months, it's not wise to pull up perennials that may be dormant and not dead.

Suggested plants that withstand the Texas heat:

Border:
Katie Ruellia (Mexican Petunia)


Bedding:
Purple Coneflower/Echinacea purpurea (Asteraceae)



Blue Mist Flower


Shade Flowers
Turk's Cap


Low Growing Shrub
Texas Lantana


Other suggestions:
Autumn Sage
Rock Rose
Flame Acanthus
Yaupon Holly
Texas Sage/Texas Ranger Sage


Note: Drought tolerant plants need ample water the first year of planting.

3 comments:

Joanne said...

going native is the best way to have color without water. I have best luck with salvias

Nan said...

I've just sent this to a friend in Texas. Thanks.

K9friend said...

Those are all lovely, but coneflowers are among my favorites.

Pat
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