An essential addition to any Central Texas garden or flowerbed, the hardy Butterfly weed is essential to the survival of Monarch butterflies. Mature butterflies feed on the nectar produced in the flowers, while the foliage provides food for their larvae. The brilliant orange and yellow flowers are showy in massed plantings, but fascinating up close with their intricate detail. Butterfly weeds typical grow to around three feet in height and are native throughout the eastern and southern regions of the country.
Whether you choose to grow it on a trellis, as a topiary or in a hanging basket, the mandevilla plant has become a common plant for patios and flowerbeds, and rightfully so. The brilliant mandevilla flowers add a tropical flair to any landscape. They need sandy, well-draining soil with plenty of organic material mixed in. A good soil mix for mandevilla plants include two parts peat moss or potting soil to one part builder’s sand.
The Blackfoot Daisy is a rugged, heat and drought tolerant native - a superb choice for low-water wildflower gardens. White, yellow-centered, honey-scented daisies cover the mound of grey-green foliage throughout an extensive bloom period, given moderate summer moisture.
Bougainvillea in the garden or as a hanging basket offers green foliage year round and brilliant color in summer. Their orange, yellow, crimson or purple flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts. The bracts surround the actual flowers that are tiny and white.
Gerbera daisies are known for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers. They originate from South Africa and come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across.
There is almost nothing to compare with a garden fresh tomato on your dinner plate. To get started, tomatoes run on warmth so plant in mid to late March or early April at the latest. Devote a prime, sunny spot to growing tomatoes and they need at least 6 to 8 hours of sun to bring out their best flavors. To keep them off the ground, tomato plants will need to be staked or have the support of a trellis or cage. Decide on a support plan before you set out your plants, then add that support directly after planting.
Beautiful and extremely popular flowering plants that grow well both in the garden and in containers, Geraniums are popular for their bright and sometimes fragrant flowers, but they bring with them the extra bonus of being especially good companion plants. They come in wide range of colors, from white and red to various shades of pink and purple.
Haworthia is a dainty succulent plant which is frequently compared to an Aloe. Commonly known as the Zebra Cactus, the white wart like tubercles cover the back of the leaves in a pattern which resembles a Zebra stripe. They are almost always small and very slow growing plants but tend to look brilliant in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. As a result, they can make fantastic easy care gifts and presents for people, suiting either a home or office desk environment.
Succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy-care choices for your home. They look stunning planted alone or as companions and offer an almost endless color variation. Echeveria is the perfect plant for forgetful gardeners.
Foxtail ferns are not really ferns, as they’re multiplied from seeds and produce no spores. The common name likely came from the clumping habit of the plant that is similar to that of a fern. Foxtail asparagus ferns have an unusual, symmetrical look. These fern-like plants have arching plumes of tightly packed, needle-like leaves that look soft and delicate. Foxtail fern plants bloom with white flowers and produce red berries.
With Christmas right around the corner, you may be looking for another decorating idea, or you live in a small apartment and just don’t have the room for a full size Christmas tree. Of late, rosemary Christmas trees plants have become popular items. Not only is rosemary used as a festive ornamental Christmas tree for the season, but it is predominantly disease and pest resistant, aromatic, a culinary treasure, and responds beautifully to pruning to maintain the shape.
This popular, winter-flowering houseplant, one of the most exotic-looking flowers in the plant kingdom, makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting by providing a burst of red color for the holidays. Christmas cactus is not only easy to care for but propagates easily too, making it an exceptional candidate for holiday gift giving.
These mini trees are notorious for being pushed off the plates of kids around the world, but broccoli's reputation as one of the healthiest veggies still rings true. If you are trying to eat healthier, broccoli should be at the very top of your grocery list.
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.
Growing snapdragons provides cool season color and a mid-sized plant to balance tall background plants and shorter bedding plants in the front. Numerous varieties of snapdragon exist with dwarf, intermediate and tall flowering stems that provide a wide range of colors to work with.
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.
In recent years, the ponytail palm tree has become a popular houseplant and it is easy to see why. Its sleek bulb-like trunk and lush, long curly leaves make it visually stunning; and the fact that a ponytail palm is forgiving and easy in its care makes this an ideal houseplant for many people.
If ever there was the perfect plant for the ultimate brown thumb, it is the easy to care for ZZ plant. This virtually indestructible houseplant can take months and months of neglect and low light and still look amazing.
The Pothos plant is considered by many to be a great way to get started caring for houseplants. Because they are easy to care for and undemanding, this simple yet beautiful plant is an easy way to add some green in your home.
Corn plants are one of the most popular and easiest house plants to grow. They produce leaves that look similar to corn leaves but remain green year-round. Although they are primarily grown for their foliage, they also produce yellow-white blooms when properly cared for.