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Our temperatures are soaring and with the heat and dry weather, we wanted to take a minute to highlight a few plants that thrive in the Texas Hill Country summer.
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The American beautyberry is a native deciduous shrub, or understory tree, that works well in the shade. Right now, the beautyberry is covered with clusters of striking deep purple berries. It is an exceptional and unique plant for any landscape. As winter approaches, the shrub will loose its green leaves and hold on to the berries until late winter. The American beautyberry can grow up to 8’ tall or you can cut it back 12” above the ground in late winter and keep the shrub more compact and dense (more like 4’ tall). This is a care-free native shrub that blooms in late spring with small white flowers. The beautyberry can also tolerate direct sun but will require more water to keep it from wilting.
Gregg’s Mist Flower
Gregg’s mist flower is a native Texas perennial and a butterfly magnet – especially to the Monarch butterflies during their migration. The 1G containers at the nursery will be covered with hundreds of butterflies in the summer and again in the fall when it flowers. Gregg’s mist goes dormant in the winter and comes back from the ground in early spring. It’s a fast-grower and can spread, serving well as a groundcover. Once established, Gregg’s mist is drought tolerant. This flower works well in partial shade or full sun.
Mexican Mint Marigold
It’s hard to believe, but fall is rapidly approaching and it’s time to think about your fall bloomers. The Mexican mint marigold is an outstanding fall bloomer and also serves as a tarragon-substitute for your herb garden. This Marigold is often referred to as Spanish or Texas tarragon. This plant is another perennial that freezes to the ground at our first freeze, and comes back from the ground in the spring. It grows to approximately 2.5’ tall and can be planted in full sun or part shade.
Other great fall bloomers to consider: Fall aster, Gregg’s mist, copper canyon daisy, cenizo, Mexican bush sage, autumn sage, mealy blue sage, lantana, verbena, gaura
Fall blooming grasses to consider: Gulf muhly, Lindheimer’s muhly, miscanthus, dwarf hamlin, deer muhly
With the arrival of the fall season, it’s a fantastic time of the year to catch our native and ornamental grasses in full bloom. Read ahead to find out what grasses we recommend planting for the Texas Hill Country. Also be sure to take note that each of these grasses listed below is on the recommended Plants for Texas list. Plants for Texas is a program established in 2003, which tests and recommends plants that thrive in Texas (especially because they can handle Texas heat).
Miscanthus sinesis 'Adagio'
Happy Holidays to everyone! Winter is here and this is the best time to plant new trees. Read ahead for featured and recommended native trees to install now.
Possumhaw Holly is a Texas native large shrub or small tree. The Possumhaws are beginning to drop their leaves now, which allow the brilliant red berries to stand out and reminds us that winter has arrived. The Possumhaw can be planted in full sun or part shade and will grow to approximately 15' tall.
Thanks to the native Guadalupe Bald Cypress, we can enjoy vibrant red, orange and yellow foliage up and down the Guadalupe river right now. And as the leaves of this conifer begin to drop, the tree continues to provide a point of interest with its magnificent large trunk, knobby roots, and layered branches. While the Bald Cypress is well-adapted along the river banks and wet conditions, they are also suprisingly drought tolerant. The Bald Cypress is considered a fast growing shade tree when watered frequently.
The majority of our trees in the Hill Country are deciduous. However, the native Mountain Laurel provides us with evergreen coverage all year long.
The Mountain Laurel is a slow growing, multi-trunk tree that can reach up to 25' tall. Plant in full sun to enjoy the dense lavender blooms in the spring. The Mountain Laurel thrives in the wild in rocky conditions and therefore requires good drainage when planted in landscaped areas.
Spring is here and we have a new website – welcome to our new site! We have updated the site to include new photos, more history on the nursery, and a section dedicated to specimen trees. Take a look around and call us or email us if we can help supply plants for your Spring planting.
One the biggest challenges when planting in the Hill Country today is finding out what the deer won’t eat. I get this question daily. And honestly, it’s hard to say what they will and won’t eat, as it seems to change year-to-year depending on the weather conditions.
However, we like to use the website below as a reference to a good guideline of what the deer usually don’t bother:
Another good resource can be found here too: http://www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=deer
When planting trees we recommend building a protective fence around the trunk – up to 3’ tall. This will prevent the deer from rubbing the bark off with their antlers. We offer easy to install tree guards at the nursery too so be sure to ask us about these when you come in for a tree.