Archive for the ‘shade plants’ Category

Wild Wonders + Meet the Beetles!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 Posted in Insects, Late spring flowers, butterflies, destinations, shade plants, wildflowers | 8 Comments »

I'd love to quilt my garden in winecups! I also adore this soft combination: heartleaf skullcap and artemisia dotted by wayward larkspurs. Soon the heartleaf goes underground until late fall and the larkspurs to seed. The voracious artemisia will cover the spot ...

Are You Afraid of Butterflies?

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 Posted in Summer plants, books, butterflies, drought, early spring flowers, fall plants, garden design, habitat, lawn replace, native plants, shade plants, trees, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Lepidopterophobia: Fear of butterflies. Hmm, hard to imagine. I DO know that caterpillars scare the garden pants off some folks. But the stork didn’t bring this Swallowtail larva to the dill at Travis County Extension. Another fear: tidiness in all ...

Fall into digging with exciting plants and a garden makeover!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 Posted in Nurseries, bulbs, fall plants, garden design, garden designers, garden projects, perennials, shade plants, succulents | 3 Comments »

Ah, early renewal! Hot days aren’t over yet, but plants are as ready as we are to get back to work. Actually, skeleton-leaf goldeneye daisy never takes vacation. It handles my (composted) clay soil just fine, always looks good, and ...

Summer standouts and problems

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 Posted in Crinum lilies, Summer plants, bulbs, container gardens, native plants, patio plants, perennials, shade plants, tropical plants | 4 Comments »

Thanks to a bit of rain, lagging plants responded ASAP. Rain lilies, like these Zephyranthes chlorosen, popped out all over town. Cenizos are in flamboyant mode, too, including my white version of ‘Silverado.’ And ‘Convent’. I'm crazy about this combination of ...