Low growth habit makes this an excellent choice for a low border plant. Small, dark green leaves turn a rich, burgundy-red in winter for cool season interest. Adapts to a wide range of cultural conditions and mixes well in almost any landscape. Evergreen.
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.
The national flower of Barbados is 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.
Also known as yellow bells, hardy yellow trumpet, or yellow alder, the tropical esperfanza is easily recognized by its large masses of lightly scented, golden-yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers amid the dark green foliage. These can be seen blooming from spring through fall. While esperanza perennials are grown in the landscape as shrubs or container plants for their beauty, they were once quite popular for their medicinal use as well. Esperanza needs to be grown in warm conditions; preferably in full sun though afternoon shade is suitable as well. While esperanza can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, it’s preferable they be given fertile, well-draining soil. Therefore, any poor soil should be amended with compost to improve its overall health and drainage. Esperanza is extremely heat and drought tolerant.
The hibiscus is a national symbol of Haiti and the national flower of nations including the Solomon Islands and Niue. Known for their showy flowers, hibiscus are an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know how to care for hibiscus plants, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely flowers. Although warm, humid conditions are ideal for tropical hibiscus, you may want to provide a little afternoon shade when it’s overly hot. Whether in containers, flowerbeds or landscape shrubs, hibiscus are a wonderful addition to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics and have been used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. It wasn't until the late eighteenth century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China. Most modern-day roses can be traced back to this ancestry. These introductions were repeat bloomers, making them unusual and of great interest to hybridizers, setting the stage for breeding work with native roses to select for hardiness and a long bloom season. Many of these early efforts by plant breeders are of great interest to today's gardeners.