Out of control garden, multitask plants, herb tips, oak pollen on steroids

April 29th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized, pruning

Things are a little out of control in my garden right now. I was going to give you some wide shots, but I don’t dare. Until I can buckle down to deal with the mayhem, I’m enjoying these days of garden hysteria. Larkspur is on a rampage, but so lovely with Zanthan Gardens‘ passalong baby blue-eyes.

Larkspur with baby blue-eyes

I hate to say it, but I’ll be ripping out some pink evening primrose next winter. It’s swallowing everything! I’ll leave it on the back stretch to run like mad over winter- dormant lantana.

Pink evening primrose

In the other beds, I’ll simply edit to keep peace with the evergreens, like Gulf coast penstemon.

Gulf coast penstemon and pink evening primrose

This fall, I’ll be dividing a bunch of gregarious spuria iris for new homes.

Spuria iris

In the patio cove, I’ve got tamer Louisiana irises, passalongs from gardeners Pat & Don Freeman years ago. Through their work at Zilker Botanical Garden, they’ve educated countless gardeners like me.

Louisiana iris

I went to them for advice on roses, too. Buff Beauty scents the den bed trellis and the cat cove arbor.

Marie Pavie handles the patio perfume parade. She’s a good one for a large container or small space, too.

Marie Pavie rose

In the cat cove, I lost the Barbados cherry.  I’ve got some ideas for that spot, but for now, I stuck in some ‘Seniorita Rosalita’ cleomes, Daphne’s plant of the week. She explains why this one performs for us, while other cleomes have cratered for me.

Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita'

Pam Penick first got my attention with her success with it last summer.

This week on CTG, Daphne also answers the question posed by many viewers: “What was that “snow” coming off my trees?”  And what’s the deal with pollen this year?

Oak pollen, oak catkins Dean Wolf photograhy

I thank Dean Wolf for his photographs. Check out his beautiful glass art and glass lighting (from recycled glass) at Wolf Art Glass.  And you must see his video of his personal wildflower meadow. An outstanding collection where he identifies each plant, too, in case you wanted to know what’s all out there.

Since it seems like we’re all multitaskers these days, this week on CTG, meet some plants that do double-duty. Tom meets with Jeff Yarbrough from The Emerald Garden on great selections that handle just about everything. Did you know that we can grow Ramie?  Perfect for shady areas. Another one of his many great ideas is Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii). Get his entire list of plants on our website, since we couldn’t hit them all.

Sweetpea Hoover from The Natural Gardener has super tips on herbs for sun and shade, too!

On tour, we’re repeating Rich Rosen’s daylily garden. Meet him and his wife and fellow gardener and artist, Anna Marie Pavlik, at their home on May 23 to see their garden in person. Here’s ‘Mambo Maid’ that I got from Rich.

Daylily 'Mambo Maid'

And pick up some of these tough perennials at the Austin Daylily Show & Sale on May 21. Get details on our events page.

You’ll note lots of great events coming up, but you simply must gather the kids for Steve Blackson’s too fun Austin Garden Railroader’s Spring Bloom on May 1. They’ll get a super kick to see the trains running through a miniature garden, on scale with the early 1900s Hill Country.

Until next week, Linda

  1. 10 Responses to “Out of control garden, multitask plants, herb tips, oak pollen on steroids”

  2. By Bob Harper on Apr 29, 2010

    Oh, Linda, dear. Forgive me if I’ve asked this question before, but I’m always so intgerested in your garden and am wondering just how big a piece of land it is. It looks like it’s quite large.And, I note your comment about more to do in a garden than time permits – that seems to be the case, for me, too. And, probably many others. Hope you’re doing great. Bob H.


    Linda reply on April 30th, 2010 3:42 pm:

    Hi, Bob! It’s just your standard 1/4 acre or so, and at this point, totally out of control!


  3. By Larry Diamond on Apr 30, 2010

    Hi Linda,

    Great blog as always. Saw Daphne at TCEQ the other week, great info.

    For any of the eastern viewers/blog watchers, Smithville is having garden tours/workshops this Saturday.

    For more info:




    Linda reply on April 30th, 2010 1:42 pm:

    Thanks & thanks for heads up on your events. Hey, the rest of you join in. What’s going on in your area?


  4. By Diana on May 1, 2010

    Love your Louisiana Iris, too. Once I see how that area fares this year, I’ll be looking for more varieties to add — they are wonderful. And the deer don’t eat them!


  5. By Annie in Austin on May 1, 2010

    Who could resist letting the garden get a little out-of-control after last year, Linda? It’s so wonderful to see plants showing a little enthusiasm and exuberance instead of the grim struggle to survive hail, heat, drought & freezes. Your plants are having a party!
    Speaking of freezes I’m sorry you lost the barbados cherry…here they were reduced in size but are still alive.
    And is that daylily blooming already? Wow- your garden is way ahead of mine.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


  6. By Kathleen Scott on May 2, 2010

    You have a lot of my favorites. I’ve hankered for Mutabilis for years…but the deer love it even more…

    Sorry you lost your dwarf barbados cherry. Ours came through, maybe because they’re close to the house. If you try it again, check out Madrone Nursery in San Marcos. His dbc’s were cultured from a UT-campus parent that came through the deep freezes in the late 1980s.

    CAN’T WAIT to get out of oak pollen season!


  7. By Jenny on May 4, 2010

    I know what you mean about that pink primrose. Can you believe I actually bought seeds of it? It is taking over every aspect of my garden too and I keep ripping it out. Yes, gardening gone wild would be a good name at the moment. Love those iris and of course the cleome, which I also have. It is in full sun so should be a good test of its resiliency here in Austin. Can’t wait for the day lilies to start blooming.


    Linda reply on May 4th, 2010 7:07 pm:

    Yes, and I actually moved some of it to spots in the gardens. Lovely, but it takes over! This will be an interesting test for me with the cleome. I’ve given them the good drainage that Daphne recommends.


  8. By stained glass guy on Jul 20, 2011

    Thanks for the link to the art glass/stained glass. Great stuff!


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