Archive for the ‘perennials’ Category

Plants & Design to Fall For

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 Posted in fall plants, garden art, garden rooms, garden structure, habitat, lawn replace, mulch, native plants, perennials, prairie, recycling | No Comments »

I love autumn, my favorite season, really. So do the bees that are abuzz about my fall asters. This frostweed planted itself on a greenbelt fence in a garden we taped last week. The family’s left this section to its ...

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 ...