Cyclamen are part of the Primrose family and the plant was a favorite of artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who used them to decorate the margins of his manuscripts at the beginning of the 16th century.
Dianthus, also known as “pinks”, belong to a family of plants which includes carnations and are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit which is hints of cinnamon or clove. They can be found most often in pink, salmon, red and white hues.
Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to brighten any autumn garden. Growing mums is not complicated once you learn the basics of chrysanthemum care. The right chrysanthemum flowers for your garden will come from a diverse selection of hardy or garden mums.
Pansies are cheerful, multi-colored flowers that among the first of the season to offer winter color and will continue to bloom into the early spring. Today’s hybrid versions are more adaptable to heat than those of the past with larger blooms displayed and more vigor. They prefer a full or part sun location and are happy in hanging baskets, combination containers and flower bed borders.
Plumbago is a tender perennial with profuse blue flowers which thrives in the hot Texas summer and is sometimes called “sky flower” because of the sky–blue color of its flowers. Thrives in full sun but also grows well in partial shade It will grow in any fertile, well-drained soil and becomes drought-tolerant once established. Essentially maintenance free as well as disease, pest and deer resistant. Also available in white.
Esperanza has recently become a popular ornamental plant in Texas gardens. Striking, trumpet-like bright golden yellow flowers are highlighted by the attractive, shiny, green foliage and continue blooming through the heat of the summer. Prefers well drained soil and full sun. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
One of the most attractive heat loving plants for Central Texas. The species name pulcherrima literally means “very pretty” and it definitely lives up to the name. The blooms are clusters of orange-red with a tinge of gold on the edges. Easy to grow in alkaline to acidic, well-drained soils, fast growing and bloom best in full sun. Considered drought tolerant once established. Great for attracting butterflies.
Great for hot, baked spots. It thrives with little moisture in full sun. Available in a wide variety of colors, it produces an abundance of brightly colored flowers all summer and fall. Wonderful for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Prefer acidic soil.