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What a great perennial, so pretty to look at and so easy to grow. The word Echinacea comes from the Greek word “echinos” which means hedgehog or sea urchin. This aptly describes the prickly raised central cone that gives this plant the descriptive name of Coneflower. Echinaceas have extended bloom seasons and long lasting flowers….

May 28, 2015 admin

Not often seen in north Texas landscapes, Galphimia gracilis (sometimes called Thyrallis) is a tropical shrub that should be used more often here for warm season landscape interest. Galphimia, considered a tropical shrub, usually freezes to the ground here, however, if the winter is mild enough, it will come back the following spring. Using Galphinia…

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‘Jenny Brook’ Wallflower Wow, purple and apricot, what an unusual color combination for a garden flower! These colors can be found blooming simultaneously on a wallflower discovered in Wales called ‘Jenny Brook’. Narrow, linear leaves line this shrubby evergreen perennial that grows to about 18” tall and wide. The bi-color flower clusters are held above…

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Veronica ‘Georgia Blue’ is a lovely evergreen trailing perennial that blooms when most other perennials are just waking from dormancy. The flowers are a beautiful clear azure blue and resemble Forget-Me-Nots. Bloom-time is late winter into early spring. ’Georgia Blue’ is used effectively as a cascading border, as an accent in rock gardens or planted…

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Green Lake Nursery has a nice assortment of cheddar/spice pink type dianthus, each very similar, yet each a little different. The basic growing requirements are the same. They like loose well-drained slightly alkaline soil. Full sun with afternoon shade is preferred in north Texas. More lush foliage occur in the cooler months. Regular watering is…

May 28, 2015 admin

Erysimum Citrona Orange and Citrona Yellow Okay, we all know that pansies rule for cool season color in north Texas, but how about the other cool season plants that go along with the pansies?? You know the usual line-up, snapdragons, dianthus, alyssum…. Well, it is time to welcome a new member to the cool season…

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Copper Canyon Daisy Tough, and tenacious, qualities that define this native Texan. T. lemmonii was discovered by husband – wife team, Sara and John Lemmon, pioneer botanists and avid plant collectors. Late October till hard frost, sometimes, even into December, depending on the winter, T. lemmonii produces bright, one inch, golden daisies that will illuminate…

May 28, 2015 admin

Mexican Mint Marigold Lazy gardeners, here is a plant for you….Tagetes lucida, or Mexican Mint Marigold. It is hardy, low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing and also useful in other ways besides landscaping. As for hardiness, it will grow in most soils, even poor soils, as long as they are well drained. Once established, it is heat…

May 28, 2015 admin

Gulf Muhly Grass Gulf Muhly is a lovely and durable native Texas grass. Its fine textured gray green foliage has a stiff upright habit. It grows about two to three feet tall and wide. Beautiful billowy plumes that look like pink smoke hang softly above the foliage. Bloom time is usually from the end of…

May 28, 2015 admin

Flame Acanthus or Hummingbird Bush Hummingbird lovers take heed, Anisacanthus quadrifidus ‘Wrightii’ is a must for your landscape. Flames of red orange tubular flowers, about 1” long, bloom from August through October. Hummers and butterflies are guaranteed to come and partake of the late summer nectar. Being a tough Texas native, hummingbird bush does well…

May 28, 2015 admin

Cheilanthes sinuata or Astrolepis sinuata Wavy Cloak fern does not fit the norm when it comes to what one perceives a fern to be. The fact that it makes its home in the Big Bend regions of west Texas and at the same time can be cultivated in the lovely gardens of north Texas is…

May 28, 2015 admin

Coneflower Coneflowers appear to be rosy pink sombreros on parade in the perennial garden. The sturdy long lasting sweetly scented blooms are perched upon 2’ tall stems that emerge in summer from 6” tall clumps of foliage. The spiny orange, cone-like centers can be dried and used in flower arrangements and wreaths. Butterflies and hummingbirds…