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Question: I want year round color (if possible)using perennials with few if any annuals. My soil is sandy-clay and this area (suburb of Dallas) has severe weather swings from HOT and drought ridden summers to Cold and WET winters and springs. HELP - I don't know which perennials will give me what I want and survive this climate. Aslo, when recovering from surgery a friend sent me flowers - the most fragrant I had ever had - Freesias - I think they are a bulb flower - can they grow here? Thanks. MaryK. Grapevine, TX

Answer: Good soil preparation will help your plants survive your severe conditions. Add lots of organic matter -- compost, well-rotted manure, grass clippings, shredded leaves, etc. -- when you prepare your beds. Some good, hardy plants suitable for your region are: Spring: False Indigo Gayfeather Lupine/Texas bluebonnet Summer: Yarrow Daylilies Evening Primrose Summer-Fall: Michaelmas Daisy Purple Coneflower Black-eyed Susan Greenhouse-grown freesias thrive best where nighttime temperatures are around 50 degrees, and daytime temperatures are around 60 degrees. You may be able to find some varieties that are adapted to growing outdoors, but it's doubtful they would thrive with your severe conditions.

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