|I live in Austin, tx. I recently cleaned out my flower beds and am looking to put new flowers/shrubs, ornamental grass, or anything that will survive in the winter months. What can you suggest? Thank you in advance.|
|The City of Austin has a list of perennials they recommend for water conservation. These plants grow well in your native soil and once established, won't need a whole lot of maintenance. Here's their list: Black-eyed Susan; Blackfoot Daisy; Bulbine; Bush Morning Glory; Butterfly Weed; Mexican Butterfly Weed; Tropical Milkweed; Cast Iron Plant; Chile Pequin; Cigar Plant; Columbine, Red; Columbine, Yellow; Copper Canyon Daisy; Coreopsis; Damianita; Fall Aster; Fern, River; Firebush; Gaura; Gayfeather; Gregg Dalea; Hardy Hibiscus; Hymenoxys;
Indigo Spires; Iris, Bearded; Iris, Butterfly/Bicolor; Jerusalem Sage; Lantana;
Lantana, Trailing ; Mexican Honeysuckle; Mexican Mint Marigold; Mexican Oregano;
Pink Scullcap; Plumbago; Primrose, Silverleaf; Purple Coneflower; Ruellia, Dwarf;
Sage, Cedar; Sage, Majestic; Sage, Mealy Blue; Sage, Mexican Bush; Sage, Penstemon;
Big Red Sage; Sage, Russian ;Sage, Scarlet or 'Tropical'; Salvia, Gregg ; Shrimp Plant; Texas Betony ; Verbena, Prairie; Yarrow ;Zexmenia. I agree with you - getting your new flower bed planted now will give your plants an opportunity to develop a good root system over the fall winter months and they'll get an early start in the spring. Enjoy your new flower bed!