Plants recommendation - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, Te
Question by rren1
June 6, 2010
I made a small hill in my back yard with some big to media white natural stones on it(we digged out from the back yard). I would like to plant some plants next to/between stones to make it more attractive. What kind of plants will you recommend? I hope the plants will be easy to take care of and the size between small to media. I could upload a picture to you if you could tell me where.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2010


Sounds as though some drought and heat tolerant plants would be the best choice around your stone garden. Some outstanding drought tolerant plants for Texas include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's tail) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), Opuntia humifusa (hardy prickly pear), Stapelia spp. (carrion flower) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart).

Some ornamental grasses to consider include: Festuca glauca (blue fescue), Imperata cylindrica (Japanese blood grass), Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhlygrass), Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhlygrass), Nassella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Pennisetum setaceum (African fountain grass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sorghastrum nutans (indiangrass), Spartina bakeri (sand cordgrass), Uniola paniculata (sea oats).

Check the mature sizes of the plants (on the plant tags) and I'm sure you'll be able to make a nice arrangement in your new garden.

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