Archive for the ‘perennials’ Category

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 ...

Tricky Plants + Tricky Pruning

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 Posted in Nurseries, aquaponics, garden projects, garden structure, lawn replace, native plants, perennials, pruning, wildlife | 12 Comments »

Ready, set, prune! At least some plants, that is, like my mushy crinums, sprouting already. This week, Daphne tidies up with tips on what we can prune and when. I’ve already cut back zexmenia and other natives that look crunchy. ...

Design for Drought

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 Posted in Late spring flowers, bulbs, drought, garden design, garden designers, garden structure, lawn replace, perennials | 4 Comments »

Algerian iris heads my garden’s bulb parade this week! Thanks to its Mediterranean roots, dry times don’t bring on a shudder. Drought isn’t new to Texas, either. It’s just easy to forget in a rainy spell. What’s different, climate changes aside, ...