The Q&A Archives: New garden

Question: I want to plant a blooming plant that grows low to the ground. I don't know the zone I am in, 76044, or Godley, TX. Can you make a suggestion?

Answer: You are in zone 8. I'm not sure if you want a creeping groundcover or simply a low growing plant so I've included a few suggestions for both:
Dalea greggii - Gregg Dalea (A beautiful spreading groundcover that stands up to heat and drought. Gregg's Dalea has small, silvery leaves and is covered with purple and violet flowers throughout the summer. It is easy to maintain and loves hot, dry locations. Full sun, grows 6-12" x 3'-5' wide with purple flowers from spring through summer.

Lantana montevidensis - Purple Trailing Lantana. A beautiful border plant, this perennial creeps low along the ground and blooms continually. Very drought tolerant and easy to grow and maintain. The light purple blooms attract lots of butterflies as well as people, you are sure to get lots of compliments on this one. Blooms in full sun to part shade from spring through fall, reaching 6"-12" x 24"-36".

Melampodium leucanthum - Black-Foot Daisy. A mounding perennial, this plant puts on a show of white daisies from spring until fall. It is often seen growing on the roadsides, which proves its drought tolerance and adaptability to poor soils. Given good drainage and sun this native will knock the socks off anyone who passes by it. Full sun to part shade, 6"-12" x 24" Flowers spring through fall.

Phyla nodiflora var. incisa - Frog Fruit. This Texas native is often overlooked, but can be a valuable groundcover with its broad, smooth leaves and creeping nature. The petite flowers are white encircling a purple center and cover the ground profusely. It is drought tolerant, however it produces a much fuller plant given regular water. Full sun or part shade, 3" x 24" , white flowers spring through fall.

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie' - Katie's Dwarf Ruellia. A round clump of lance shaped dark green leaves give rise to purple blooms from spring into summer. A nice, low growing herbaceous perennial that blooms best in full sun. Tolerates neglect, drought, and wet conditions. Full sun to part shade, 6" x 12", purple flowers spring through summer.

Salvia roemeriana - Cedar Sage. This lacey perennial may look delicate but it can withstand poor soils and the hot Texas summers. It is ideal for shade gardens with its bright scarlet flowers borne on stalks, and scalloped heart shaped leaves that stand out in the shade. It prefers well-drained soil and is usually seen growing on the rocky cliff sides. This plant was made for hummingbirds. 6"-12" x 9"-12" Red flowers from spring through summer.

These plants are all Texas natives and should thrive in your garden. Enjoy!

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