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Landscaping Ideas: Thryallis Shrubs

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Landscaping Ideas: Thryallis Shrubs

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

If you are looking for a great flowering large shrub, try Thryallis ‘Galphinia glauca’.

This adaptive plant grows to 4-6 Ft. in height and 4 Ft. wide and blooms beautiful yellow flowers from the Spring to the first freeze.  Allow plenty of space and sun for this deer resistant specimen.

This Local Plant Chart Can Help You Plan Your Landscaping

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

This handy chart has a list of plants recommended by the Boerne chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSoT) that will save you time and money. In addition to listing plants that grow well in our area, it lists additional details about ideal sun exposure, colors, deer resistance and so forth.

The listing also highlights plants that attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds so you can plan accordingly. Happy planting!

 NPSoT Recommended Plants Chart

The Redbuds are Blooming

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Texas Redbuds (Cercis canadensis var. ‘texensis’) are blooming!! These local natives, with their vibrant, pinkish, purple flowers are eye-catching at this time of year. These drought resistant trees grow well in our alkaline soil, reaching 15-20 Ft. in height. The Mexican Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. ‘mexicana’) is another great landscape alternative, reaching approximately 12 Ft. in height.

Silver Germander

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Silver or Bush Germander (teucrium fruticans) is a great, under-used ornamental shrub for the Texas Hill Country.  This drought tolerant evergreen has silvery, gray-green foliage resembling Texas Sage , but has blue flowers in the early Spring.

Silver Germander has a compact growth habit , reaching approximately 4′ in height and 3′ in width.  Try this deer resistant winner in your garden to add a delightful contrast!

Texas Mountain Laurels

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Texas Mountain Laurel in full bloom

Texas Mountain Laurels will soon be in full bloom! Mountain Laurels are budding out (pictured below) and will soon look like the photo above.

Texas Mountain Laurel (sopohora secundiflora) is a great native to plant in the Texas Hill Country. This ornamental tree is one of the first to bloom in the early Spring with showy purple flowers that smell like grape Kool-aid.

These native evergreens are drought tolerant and need good drainage. They can grow in full sun to part shade conditions. Mountain Laurels are deer resistant. Incorporate Texas Mountain Laurels in your garden!

Mountain Laurel budding out

The Challenge of Planting In Rocky South Texas

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

In this video our own Mike Hall explains how to deal with the problem of solid rock when planting shrubs and trees in the south Texas area.

Fall Planting Season Is Here

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Fall is the best time of year to plant in our area. You want the plant root system to be established to handle the south Texas summer.

There are so many plants in full bloom at this time of year! After a little rain, all types of salvias, ornamental grasses, and thryallis (just to name a few) are beautiful! Here are some more examples: (more…)

Gardening With Deer-Resistant Ornamental Grasses

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

We have had an extremely dry spring and summer and as a result the deer are eating “everything” on the deer-resistant lists. Ornamental grasses are deer resistant plants that many people are unfamiliar with. Ornamental grasses are fabulous, under-utilized plants in any landscape throughout the year, yet it seems the majority of them show their majestic beauty during the autumn in our area.

There are many magnificent grasses, especially native grasses, which can be utilized to compliment and add drama and depth to the garden that are drought-tolerant and can thrive in the south Texas environment.

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