Planting a Waterfall in Full Sun - Knowledgebase Question

Kerrville, Te
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Question by cash2004
May 5, 2010
I live in Kerrville, Tx. I have had a waterfall built w/ planting areas built-in. I would love to plant some frondy-ferns type plants but unfortunately I am in full sun. Suggestions to get some awesome foilage combinations including climbing or trailing plants and maybe some color. Most of the plants surviving the winter would be great as well. Yes I know - I want it all!! Smiling Thanks Elaine

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2010
You didn't say how large the area is so I'm not sure whether it will fit, but Amorpha fruticosa L. (Indigo bush, False indigo bush, False indigo, Desert false indigo) has delicate looking foliage (almost frondy) and might give you the look you're going for. Asclepias tuberosa L. (Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed, Orange milkweed, Pleurisy root) is another native plant that should survive your winter weather; Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue mistflower) has daisylike blue/purple flowers; Lobelia cardinalis L. (Cardinal flower) is actually a vining plant but if you pinch out the tips of the vines it will produce multiple stems and a trailing habit. Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower) is a groundcover plant and Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose) is a trailing plant. For some color, Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia) are also well suited to your gardening region. Just for fun, why not include some ornamental grasses? Festuca glauca (blue fescue), Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhlygrass), Nassella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), and Uniola paniculata (sea oats) might be interesting near the waterfall. Best wishes with your planting project!

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