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Question by acmww
March 5, 2011
i would like to know what different types and the care of some perennials for my garden


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2011

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Some outstanding drought tolerant plants for south Texas include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's tail) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), Opuntia humifusa (hardy prickly pear), Stapelia spp. (carrion flower) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart). All of the above will grow in full sunshine with minimal care. For best growth, work some compost into the garden bed prior to planting. Water your new plants twice a week for two weeks then reduce watering to once a week for the rest of the growing season. A deep watering will keep the roots hydrated and the plants growing well. Enjoy your garden.

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