In the spring, everyone is a gardener, and just about every plant is willing to grow and bloom. Plants that are best suited to other parts of the country are purchased and set out in the garden for a very brief moment of glory before they are incinerated by a Texas summer.
Our landscapes are typically a blaze of color in the spring. The remainder of the year we settle for various shades of green. This need not be.
When you design a landscape, keep the four seasons in mind. Spring is easy to paint with color. The other three seasons are more of a challenge. With a little planning you can include a blend of plants so your landscape looks good throughout most of the year.
There are certainly some tough plants that will bloom through a Texas summer. They can take the heat and still look great if they are provided a little supplemental watering. Some, such as repeat blooming roses, continue to bloom on through the fall season. But we’ll leave them to another article.
We’re going to focus on the plants that wait until late in the growing season to put on their show. As summer draws to a close, we enter our second growing season. Fall is a great gardening season as rain usually returns to Texas and temperatures start dropping back into the tolerable range. That’s when the late bloomers take center stage. Here are some of the best bets for late season color in your Texas garden.
Copper Canyon Daisy
Mexican Mint Marigold
Mexican Bush Sage
Coral Vine or Queen’s Wreath
Desert Trumpet Vine
Chrysanthemum ‘Country Girl’
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Fall Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead
Climbing Carolina Aster
Cigar Plant or Candy Corn Plant
Oxblood Lilies or Schoolhouse lilies
Red Spider Lily or Hurricane Lily
Short Day Plants
Therefore lights at night can fool them into thinking it is not yet time to flower. I have more than once seen a Mexican mint marigold, mountain sage, or copper canyon daisy that was prevented from blooming by a security light or porch light nearby. So plant them away from such fixtures to insure that they bloom on cue.
Fall planting season is just around the corner. Why not plan on adding a few of these late season performers to your landscape and extend the color season from late summer on through fall?
Article courtesy of: www.texasgardner.com
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