The Q&A Archives: Ideal plant/flower for gift in central texas?

Question: I wanted to buy my father a nice, preferably rare or expensive, plant or flower for father?s day this year, but I don't know what to get. I'm not familiar with my zone, or what survives the best in my climate, etc. I wanted something preferably with a bloom, colorful, and either can be planted in a garden as a few single plants, or in a single pot. I'm not interested in a tree, shrubs, or dinky flowers you can find at your local grocery store. I'm not interested in roses either. Money isn't an issue. I live in central Texas, South of Austin, and North of San Antonio. I would really appreciate some suggestions, thank you!

Answer: Ashley,

Well that is a great idea. I must admit however that the possibilities are pretty wide open so it is difficult to know where to begin. Knowing more about what you dad likes would help me make a more appropriate suggestion. I'll provide a few ideas and if you can submit another question with more guidance to the Monrovia website I would be happy to offer more or more specific suggestions.

If you think he'd like to grow an orchid, or several orchids, there's a place in north Austin (off Kramer) called It's A Jungle that has lots of great ones. Another idea would be to give a citrus tree such as the hardy Satsuma orange or Kumquat. These can be grown in the ground or a very large container (half whiskey barrel) and have not only fruit in fall but very fragrant blooms in spring. They don't get much larger that about 6-8 feet in the ground and are smaller in a container. One more idea is to get him an Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia). These bloom mostly in late summer and fall and are hardy in your area if they are mulched well in the winter. Other ideas are the tropical (not winter hardy) hibiscus or the tropical Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia).

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