Native Habitats forum: Texas Natives

Views: 380, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
ricelg
Apr 22, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Thought I'd start a thread about Texas Native Plants. I've got a variety of microclimates on my property from full sun to full shade, so I'm experimenting with a lot of different plants as well as propagation techniques of same.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
Bonehead
Apr 23, 2017 8:47 AM CST
No help here, I've only dropped in to Texas as a flight connection (seems really brown to me, I'd like to explore it a bit to get a better perspective). But this site has a definite Texan influence, so I imagine you'll get some good responses. I do love the idea of incorporating natives whenever possible.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Liz Shaw
Gilbert, AZ (Sunset Zone 13) (Zone 9a)
Arizona Gardener
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Southwest Gardening Region: Arizona Ponds Aquaponics Hydroponics
Herbs Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Gardens in Buckets Cactus and Succulents Miniature Gardening
Image
LizDTM
Apr 23, 2017 9:07 PM CST
I'm not in Texas, but there is a big difference between my east-facing front yard and my west-facing back yard. And the side yards, too! I generally see a difference of 5 degrees between front and back (front has the higher lows and back has the higher highs). So I'll just watch this thread and see if I learn anything.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
Birds Hummingbirder Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
GrammaChar
Apr 23, 2017 9:22 PM CST
Welcome! @ricelg
Like Deb said, there are quite a few Texas gardeners that post on this website. I, too, live in the Texas Hill Country and have gardened here for 17 years. We do have our own special challenges with the rock, cactus, caliche, limestone, and critters (deer and armadillos are the main offenders). My gardens consist mainly of Texas natives because they're tough plants and look natural for the area. Plus the deer 'usually' don't eat them.
Would like to hear more about what you've planted or plan to plant.
GrammaChar
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
ricelg
Apr 24, 2017 6:45 AM CST
Yeah, outside of the heat, deer were one of my big reasons for big reasons for choosing native plants.

So far in full sun I've had success with several types of Salvia, Flame Acanthus, Purple Coneflower, 2 varieties of sunflowers, Blue Mist, Pincushion, Esperanza, Jerusalem Sage, Lavender, Red Yucca and Blackfoot Daisy. I also have a cactus garden with nearly all cacti from either Texas or northern Mexico - this also includes a couple of types of Agaves. I've also planted a couple of trees - Texas Mountain Laurel, Texas Redbud and some olive/citrus.

In more shady areas, I've planted 2 varieties of Shrimp Plants, Turk's Cap, Columbine, Cardinal Flower, Cedar Sage, Chile Pequin and Pigeonberry. I also have a rock swale where we direct the flow of water from heavy rain and I've recently planted some Mealy Blue Sage up high and some Inland Sea Oats more in the middle.

The property is also blessed with many native (both known and unknown to me)...lots of juniper, oak, Agarita, Frost Weed...plus more I haven't discovered. My strategically not mowing certain portions I'm able to sort of see what naturally springs up.
[Last edited by ricelg - Apr 24, 2017 6:45 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1423435 (5)
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Region: Texas Butterflies Salvias Garden Photography Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover
Birds Hummingbirder Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
GrammaChar
Apr 24, 2017 4:24 PM CST
Your yard sounds a lot like my yard!!! Good choices! My neighbor has a deer corn-feeder that goes off twice a day Grumbling And for dessert, the white tails jump the fence to eat the blooms off of my cedar sage and Turk's Cap. They don't bother the lantana.
Are you hoping to attract butterflies? If so, Gregg's Mistflower and Cowpen Daisies are great additions.
GrammaChar
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
ricelg
Apr 25, 2017 12:56 PM CST
I actually just recently planted some Gregg's Mist...it is doing VERY well. I've only got blackfoot daisies so I'll have to look Cowpen up. Fortunately our deer haven't bothered my sages or Turk's Cap - yet. Last year it got worse when the mommas were pregnant...even worse for me, 2 were birthed in my back yard. So no way my wife was letting me "shoo" them on :(

They really seem to love the blooms from my red yuccas...can't hardly keep a flower before they much. Have tried Liquid Fence & Critter Ridder with minimal success but you have to frequently apply.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Native Habitats forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by rocklady and is called "NOID Daylily"