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GARDENING. (boy, I know how to entertain today, huh?) Great article in Dallas' paper today by one of my fellow Master Gardeners about plants that survive in extreme heat with little or no effort on the gardeners part.
We are entering stage 3 drought conditions here in North Texas, which means pools can no longer be put in - no water to be spared! And OF COURSE, Right Angle Worshipper behind me ran his sprinklers last night. WHILE WE HAD RAIN. Ahem. He'll be getting a notice. That just pisses me off. Sorry! Rant over. Plants. All were given a test run at the Dallas Arboretum (which is LOVELY - you should go, if you can) which means they were put in the ground, watered initially then, then left. For a year. The following plants all stayed gorgeous and lush. LUSH! With no water from a hose or sprinkler! Good for areas in Zone 7 or higher, specifically, will do well up to Zone 5 in FULL SUN. (Full sun means morning to night, people. Not six hours of dappled light under a tree. NO SHADE. Nothing shading a plant. I can't tell you how many times people told me they had "full sun" because at noon, the plant wasn't shaded by the tree. That's part sun to shade. Okay: plant list!
- Angelonia - also known as "summer snap dragons." (Snap dragons are cool season plants in Texas) Beautiful, airy fairy plant that comes in all sorts of colors now, grows bushy to 3 feet tall in good soil
- Pentas - every gardener with kids near should plant these. Butterfly CRACK. They love them. Clusters of small flowers on large, traingular leaves, to three feet high by end of summer. Gorgeous with delicate scent. (Can handle some shade, too.) "Grafitti" is a dwarf variety, to 12 inches, if space is premium.
- Cupheas - I LOVE these. I have a "Batface" in my garden. The blooms look like wee little bats. Kids LOVE discovering the faces on my flowers. :D I have hummingbirds all over this in spring and fall. All sorts of hybrids, and if you can't grow THIS, give up. Stick it in the ground and walk away. No extra watering, and can take scorching heat (like along a driveway, or near a concrete structure that reflects heat)
- Abutilon- also called flowering maples. Can take a bit more shade, so if you have mature trees that let sunlight in, but cast some dappled shade, this is an excellent choice. Dies back in winter, but sprouts anew. Maple leaves and delicate, rounded blossoms with fat, furry anthers of contrasting color.
- Diasca OH! So delicate and pretty. Small, rounded annual. Blooms from spring to frost. apricot and hot pink are the best for Texas to Florida panhandle. Get them in now so the roots can grow deep before the heat hits for best results.
- Phlox - Oooh. New hybrids made from two Texas natives are making this a new favorite again. Not the old fashioned phlox that grows to 3-4 feet and is covered in powdery mildew, this is a creeping phlox and is GORGEOUS along edges or rock walls. I have tons of this in my beds, and I love it. The green leaves - needle like - are evergreen, which is a welcomed sight in January. COVERED in blossoms in early spring. Blues, pinks, lavenders, whites...
- Torenia - another lovely annual, all sorts of colors including harlequins. Can grow this upright on a form and have it covered with tiny double lipped blossoms for an English garden look, or let sprawl across as a ground covere to fill in bare places.*
- Convolvulous - Ugly name, pretty plant. Almost like a petunia, but deeper green leaves, and delicate baby blue flowers that form a dense mat as a ground cover. Will often naturalize in N. Texas gardens. Pretty in window boxes or spilling over the side of a container.
- Celosia - oh, I love this! It's like a featherduster shaped like a candle flame. Bright, vivid colors, this plant will live where nothing else will. And caution: if you don't like it, don't plant it. It seeds itself. (Which I love) Will grow to 3 feet tall, and I love how it looks. The red blossoms have red-tinted leaves, too, so the leaves add color to the landscape as well.
- Ageratum - Not one of my faves, because the blossoms are teeny, but a very popular plant among other folks. Think bachelor buttons. These did the best in the Arboretum's test.
- petunia - Who doesn't know about petunias? I don't plant them because it's like ringing a dinner bell to rabbits, and my cats think I've given them an after dinner treat. (shudders) But you can't beat petunias for blossoms and spreading. All colors of the rainbow. And for those in my region, the "Tidal Waves" everyone bought last year? Um... turned out to NOT be annuals. So I bet you have some cropping up in your garden now, huh?
- geramiums - Another plant I love but won't plant because of the bunny factor. Window boxes or containers for me, because the rabbits can't reach them. Do not confuse "Cranesbill geraniums" with the hybrids developed here. Cranesbill only grows in climates similar to England. But those ruffled leaved, huge flowered geraniums? Oh, they LOVE the heat and sun. Can get to a 3 foot mound! All colors, some scented. Excellent plant.
- Euphorbia - Lacy plant with tall stems covered in delicate, tubular white blossoms. Similar to a "gaura's" blossoms. Is so tough, can survive our winters AND our summers, and there's not many plants that can say that. You really need proper planting beds with fast drainage. If you have heavy clay, you really need to be tilling in compost to break it up and let the plants get some breathing room. If you don't have the back for that, plant this is a very large container - it grows well.
Here are some pictures on the Dallas Morning News' website.
*if you have exposed soil in your garden, you are doing yourself a disservice. 1) exposed soil will have its moisture evaporated more quickly, 2) is more susceptible to weeds growing. Either mulch, or use annuals as ground covers (or put more things in your garden.) When plants mature and grow close together, they shade out the earth below, keeping soil temperatures down, reduce evaporation, and shade out any potential weeds.
And now I go in search of breakfast... Have a fantastic day everyone! (Hahaha! I just realized that today is Mission Impossible:III's debut. TOM! Crazy Tom Cruise. I love him, so.)
HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!! Milagro Silver. Milagro Silver. That's the only tequila you'll ever need. Just say no to Jose Cuervo! It's the Pabst Blue Ribbon of tequila, folks! Ay yi yi yi!! *strums a guitar*