LANDSCAPING PLANT PROBLEM - Knowledgebase Question

san antonio, Te
Question by growmaster2
September 24, 2009
MY PROJECT IS A 3FT DEEP X 40FT LONG FLOWER BED IN FRONT OF A FEED STORE THAT GETS MORNING SUN. WHAT PLANTS DO YOU SUGGEST?


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Answer from NGA
September 24, 2009

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Some of the best performing perennials for your region 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.

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

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.

Fall Aster/ Michalmas Daisy (Aster sp): lavender-colored flowers; blooms in fall; shear during summer; drought tolerant; sun or partial shade; 2 feet.

Oxalis (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.

Ox-eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum): white flowers; blooms in spring; hardy; sun to part shade; 3 feet.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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