Archive for the ‘perennials’ Category

What’s the BUZZ About Native Plants?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas Native Plant Week, Vines, bees, birds, butterflies, crafts, drought, garden bloggers on tour, garden rooms, lawn replace, native plants, perennials | 2 Comments »

Adaptable, rambunctious native Conoclinium coelestinum—one of a few called blue mistflower—is on target for the usual flock of butterflies (let’s hope). Boy, it’s been a rough year. Since winter’s 12° and drought, it’s the first time that my Salvia greggiis have ...

Wildlife Secrets|Tools for Pesky Saplings|Drowning

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 Posted in Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Tools, bees, birds, butterflies, drought, garden bloggers, garden rooms, habitat, hummingbirds, lawn replace, perennials | 4 Comments »

I could eat my chile tepins, but I’ll let the birds go first. They always know where to deposit seeds in those shady, psycho light spots where we’re wringing our hands about what to plant.They freeze back in winter but ...

What’s in a Name? Actually, a LOT!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 Posted in botany, hummingbirds, native plants, perennials, wildlife | 4 Comments »

Hummingbird bush. Can we even count how many plants have that name? Well, here’s one: Dicliptera suberecta. Indeed, its summer flowers do attract hummingbirds. Dicliptera is also called Mexican honeysuckle. Ah, and SO is Justicia spicigera. Neither are honeysuckle vines; perhaps the ...

Shade, insects, drought: what’s buggin’ you?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 Posted in Insects, bees, bulbs, caterpillars, drought, garden designers, groundcovers, habitat, lawn replace, perennials, pests, shade plants | 2 Comments »

Like us, rain lilies jumped for joy with the recent deluge. When my Habranthus robustus seeds dry, I’ll spread them around. In the meantime, I’ll swat eager beaver mosquitoes. I’m thrilled that Michelle Pfluger from Green ‘n Growing in Pflugerville introduced ...