beginner in gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Hidalgo, Te
Question by marlenelope
March 26, 2010
We just bought a house in Hidalgo, TX which is 5 miles away from mexico, and there is no landscaping in the front yard. I would like to creat an appeal to the house. My house is all wood siding two story house with clean lines throughout. what plants can i use to create an clean looking house? flowers, shrubs, trees any suggestions, please help. i would like to incorporate the solar garden lights

Answer from NGA
March 26, 2010


I can't design your landscape for you but I can suggest that you look for native or drought tolerant plants in your garden center. These will thrive in your native soil and won't mind the heat or drought of summer. They will need to be watered regularly until their roots become established but after that will need very little water to supplement your rainfall. Some shrubs to consider include:
Aesculus parvifolia - Bottlebrush buckeye; Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Bearberry; Aronia spp. - Chokeberry; Buddleia davidii - Butterfly bush; Calluna spp. - Heather; Chaenomeles x superba - Japanese flowering quince; Clethra alnifolia - Sweet pepperbush; Comptonia peregrina ? Sweetfern; Cornus mas - Corneliancherry dogwood; Cotinus coggygria - Smokebush; Cotoneaster spp. - Cotoneaster; Erica spp. - Heath; Exochorda racemosa - Pearlbush; Forsythia sp. - Forsythia; Hydrangea paniculata - Panicle hydrangea; Hypericum prolificum - Shrubby St. John?s wort; Itea virginica - Virginia sweetspire; Myrica pensylvanica - Bayberry; Philadelphus coronarius - Mockorange; Physocarpus opulfolius - Ninebark; Potentilla fruticosa - Bush cinquefoil; Rhus spp. (aromatica, copallina, typhus) -Ornamental sumac; Rosa rugosa - Saltspray rose; Rosa virginiana - Virginia rose; Spirea spp. - Spirea, many species; Syringa spp. - Lilac; Vaccinium angustifolium - Lowbush blueberry Viburnum dentatum - Arrowwood. Best wishes with your new landscape.

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