The Q&A Archives: What to plant

Question: What is the best type of plants to plant in houston this time of the year?

Answer: You can plant shrubs and trees this time of year, along with cool season annuals and perennials as available in your garden center. Some shrubs to consider include:

Dwarf Yaupon Ilex vomitoria nana 2 ft. x 2 ft. sun or shade -fine textured evergreen
-does not produce berries -medium to slow rate of growth .
Dwarf Bamboo Bambusa sasa pygara 1 ft. sun or shade -evergreen -spreading clumps
-winter hardy .
Dwarf Purple-leaf Barberry Berberis 1 ft. x 1 ft. sun (for good color) -medium rate of growth .
Dwarf Sasanqua Camellia sasanqua . -semi- or partial shade (but will grow in full sun) -prefers acid soil -many good varieties -fall and winter flowering .
Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum 18 in. -shade -cool, well-drained soil -hardy evergreen fern -slow growth -very good pot plant .
Dwarf Junipers Several varieties . -sun -well-drained soil -low and compact
-attractive blue to silver foliage -fine texture -susceptible to spider mites and bagworm .
Lantana Several varieties . sun -summer flowering -yellow, orange, pink or white blossoms depending on variety -fast growth -winter kills but will return in spring.
Dwarf or Kurume Azaleas Azalea obtusum 2-3 ft. -prefers shade -acid soil -many varieties -slow growing evergreen -spring flowering of pink, white, red and salmon flowers -mulch to protect shallow roots -must have loose organic soil .
Boxwood Buxus 2-3 ft. sun or shade -slow growing evergreen -will take severe clipping and pruning -susceptible to nematodes Cycad or Sago Palm Cycas revoluta 3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft. sun or shade (best in protected shaded areas) -evergreen -very slow growing -not completely winter hardy -may need protection
Leather-leaf Mahonia Mahonia bealii 3-4 ft. shade -evergreen -very slow growth
-clusters of yellow spiked blooms in fall -bluish-purple berries in February or early spring .
Dwarf Nandina Nandina domestica . sun or shade -low, compact evergreen -rich fall color -easy, slow growing .
Dwarf Pyracantha Pyracantha "Tiny Tim" 3 ft. . -compact evergreen which is not as thorny as large Pyracantha -rich red-orange berries in late fall until early spring

Best wishes with your landscape~!

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