flower bed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kc5cnu
June 18, 2009
i am planning a flower bed on the south facing side of my house any suggestions on flowers and shrubs for the bed

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2009


Some of the best perennials for Texas gardens include:

YARROW (Achillea millefolium): selection available in red, pink, or white (white form is weedy); fern-leafed foliage; blooms spring and fall; drought tolerant; good groundcover; excellent cut or dried flowers; full sun to part shade; 1 foot.

HINCKLEY'S COLUMBINE (Aguilegia Hinkleyana): exotic yellow flowers, delicate foliage; Texas native; moist organic soil; susceptible to spider mites; shade to part shade; 18 inches.

GERMAN RED CARNATION (Dianthus carophyllus): fragrant, red flowers; everblooming; good cut flower, cool weather plant; sun to part shade; 1 foot. HARDY AGERATUM (Eupatorium coelestinum): blue flowers; fall blooming; invasive; Texas native; hardy; drought tolerant; shear in summer to promote business; sun to part shade; 2 feet.

SUMMER PHLOX (Phlox paniculata): magenta pink flowers; blooms in summer; hardy; drought tolerant; 3 feet. MEXICAN HEATHER (Cuphea hyssopifolia): small, lavender flowers; compact foliage; tender; sun; 6 inches.

'NEW GOLD' LANTANA (Lantana camara): many flower colors; shear occasionally; everblooming; heat and drought tolerant; sun; 2 feet. ROCK ROSE (Pavonia lasiopetala): pink, mini-hibiscus flowers; shrubby; everblooming; shear occasionally; drought tolerant; sun; 3 feet.

BLUE SHADE (Ruellia "squarrosa"): lavender flowers; everblooming; shear occasionally; excellent groundcover, drought tolerant; sun to shade; 8 inches.

'INDIGO SPIRES' SALVIA (Salvia hybrid): purple flowers; shear occasionally; very vigorous; excellent; sun; 3 feet.

FIREBUSH (Hamelia patens): red-orange, tubular flowers, prized by hummingbirds; red fall foliage; everblooming; drought tolerant; shear occasionally; sun to part shade; hardy; 2 - 3 feet.
MEXICAN HONEYSUCKLE (Justicia spicigera): orange, tubular flowers; everblooming; drought tolerant; shear occasionally; sun to part shade; hardy; 2 feet.

MEXICAN MINT MARIGOLD - "Yerba anise" (Tagetes lucida): yellow flowers; fragrant "licorice" scented foliage; blooms in fall; shear occasionally; drought tolerant; hardy; sun; 2 feet.

MEXICAN PETUNIA (Ruellia Brittoniana): purple flowers; everblooming invasive; shear occasionally; drought tolerant; hardy; sun; 2 feet.

MEXICAN OREGANO (Poliomintha longiflora): lavender flowers, aromatic foliage; shrubby; everblooming; shear occasionally, drought tolerant; hardy; sun; 3 feet.

OBEDIENT PLANT (Physostegia virginiana): pink flowers; blooms in fall; hardy; sun; 2 feet.

PINK AUTUMN SAGE (Salvia greggii): pink flowers; aromatic; shrubby; everblooming; shear occasionally; drought tolerant; sun; 3 feet.

'TEXAS-TUFF' VERBENA (Verbena hybrid): pink, purple or red flowers; everblooming; shear frequently; excellent groundcover; drought tolerant; susceptible to spider mites; sun; 8 inches.

CIGAR PLANT (Cuphea micropetala): orange-yellow, cigar shaped flowers; prized by hummingbirds; blooms in fall; drought tolerant; heat loving; sun; 2 feet.

FALL ASTER/MICHALMAS DAISY (Aster sp): lavender-colored flowers; blooms in fall; shear during summer; drought tolerant; sun or partial shade; 2 feet.

PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea purpurea): hot pink flowers; blooms in spring, summer, and fall; excellent cut flowers; drought tolerant; full sun; 2 feet.

DWARF INDIAN BLANKET (Gaillardia grandiflora): red-yellow, bi-color flowers; everblooming, remove spent blooms to extend bloom time; heat and drought tolerant; full sun; 1 foot.

OXALIA (Oxalis crassipes): pink flowers, clover-like foliage; blooms in spring and summer; great border plant; sun to partial shade; 8 to 10 inches.

SHRIMP PLANT (Justicia brandegeana): yellow or red-brown flowers; blooms in summer, fall; great cut flowers; sun to partial shade; 3 feet.

TRAILING LANTANA (Lantana montevidensis): lilac flowers; blooms in spring, summer, fall; very drought tolerant; great as a groundcover, in containers or hanging baskets; sun or partial shade; 1 to 2 feet.

BLUE PLUMBAGO (Plumbago auriculata): clusters of baby blue flowers; drought tolerant; well-drained soil; full to part sun; 2 to 3 feet.

ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis): grayish-green, fleshy, needle-like foliage with pale blue flowers; blooms spring, fall, and winter; both upright and trailing forms are available; 1 to 4 feet.

MEALY CUP SAGE (Salvia farinacea): blue, white, or purple flower spikes; blooms spring, summer, fall; shear occasionally; full sun; 2 to 3 feet.

OX-EYE DAISY (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum): white flowers; blooms in spring; hardy; sun to part shade; 3 feet. COREOPSIS (Coreopsis grandiflora): yellow flowers, blooms late spring to summer; excellent landscape plant (Baby, Sun, and Early Sunrise are dwarf forms); 2 feet.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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