What to plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by nowell_22
January 27, 2009
What is the best type of plants to plant in houston this time of the year?

Answer from NGA
January 27, 2009


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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