Sun Plants for Central Texas
I wanted to mention a few of my favorite plants and realized the list was
much longer than I had anticipated, so I am going to talk about my favorite perennial flowering plants today. In the near future, I will talk about shrubs, trees and grasses as well, both sun and shade, but in the spirit of spring planting, I am going to start with full sun plants.
The list is long and plentiful and loaded with color so let’s get down to business. Many of you are familiar with some and others…not so much. One of my favorite and versatile sun plants if the sage (2-4′). This is a huge group, it encompasses many plants and many colors and all work very well in the TX sun. The Mexican Bush Sage is a lovely purple Sage and it is a huge Hummingbird attractor as are all Sages for the tubular flower they posses. The Sage family also include herb Sage such as the Pineapple Sage that is delicious in Tea and boasts a lovely scarlet flower, very prolific and beautifully elegant. Jerusalem Sage is an outstanding plant with Yellow flowers in the shape of a crown and the evergreen plant is a true Sage color. The fern-like Russian Sage is elegant and stately and while a little fickle in some spaces, when you do have success with this plant, you will enjoy every minute of it. Salvia, also in the Sage family, has many great varieties that do well here.
The Society Garlic (1-2′) is a lovely grass like plant with Lavender blooms at the end of a long stem and they are stinky enough to keep deer away most times. The entire Allium family(Onions, Chives, Garlic) all produce beautiful flowers and keep pesky bugs away. I have actually planted an old store-bought onion that started to sprout and it flowered the most lovely white snow ball in the summer. Try it out, you will be surprised what comes out of that old onion. Garlic’s will do the same if you have some that have started to bud.
Bulbine (1-2′) is a succulent that also looks like grass and has long stems that extend to a yellow/orange bloom that seems to never end throughout the season. Other succulents like Sedums, Echiveria and Aloe Vera, are also wonderful plants in the garden.
There are also many great Cacti here. multiple types of Yucca, Sotol,and Agave (3-6′) to name a few, are great plants for this heat, but be sure to plant responsibly. These plants can be very large when mature and they can have razor sharp spines and daggers at the end of each leave. These are not plants to have near children or pets and should be carefully used in front yards where neighbors and their children might be.
Turks Cap, both Giant (5-6′) and dwarf (3-5′) are awesome plants for central Texas, you will hear me mention these again in the shade section as they do well from full sun to shade and are one of the only plants I know that do this well. The colors are bright Red, Pink and White, The dwarf does best in Red and Pink, and the giants do best in Pink and White in my experience. Both varieties have unique leaves and leaf color and I encourage you to give them a try. Great plant for filtered light too.
Flame Acanthus (3-5′) is a bright sage green plant with long skinny leaves and bright Orange flowers and it is fabulous in the summer. Also good for Hummingbirds and makes a great contrast of color in the garden. Other great hummingbird plants are Mexican Oregano and Mex. Honeysuckle (2-3′), Penstemons and my favorite Hummingbird plant of all that starts as a small plant and ends up as a small tree is (drum roll please…)
“Fireman’s Helmet”, Coral Bean. Quite literally one of the most fabulous plants around, poisonous and spikey, but fabulous and an absolute show stopper of a plant. Your neighbors will covet this to be sure. Hummingbirds go crazy for it and with the mature size of a 8×6′, there will be plenty of real estate to share.
A few more excellent sun plants are Yellow Bells Esperanza (6’x3′) which is an amazingly beautiful plant and should be in every yard with sun. The Pride of Barbado’ s (6′) is another fabulous plant with 6′ of Orange/Red/Yellow flowers with uniquely mimosa looking leaves. The Rock Rose is a great evergreen plant about 2′ -3′ tall that has 1″ Pink flowers all season long (in the Hibiscus family) and the Pink Skull Cap is an awesome evergreen ground cover plant that has tiny hot Pink flowers all season long.
The last underused sun plant is the Rose. Roses get a bad wrap, but they are lovely when you use the low maintenance Earth Kind varieties like Knock out, Home Run, Mutabilis, Old Blush and many others that can be found on the Agrilife extension’s website of Earth Kind Roses. You can also visit my YouTube for some other great plant suggestions!
Lisa Landscape & Design
“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”
The Quote of the day: The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
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