Fall 2019 Plant Sale
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Scientific nameCommon nameLight DurationHeightFLWR colorNative?
Acacia greggiiCatclaw Acaciasundeciduous tree5-12'creamy whiteWTXNIconic desert srub plant with thorns suitable for keeping unwanted visitors at bay. Lightly fragrant flowers are a good nectar source.
Acanthus 'Summer Beauty'Bear's breechespt shade to shadeperennial3-6'white w/purpleA truly striking plant for the landscape with shiny, deeply lobed leaves and massive flower spikes with purple bracts hooding white flowers. Acanthus are summer dormant, so don't be shocked when plants decline after their spring show. Foliage emerges as fall weather ensues.
Acer palmatum various cultivarsJapanese maplept shade to shadedeciduous small treeDr. Creech is going to surprise us with a sprinkling of varieties. Stay tuned!
Acer skutchiiMexican sugar maplesundeciduous tree50'n/aMexcioThis is the southernmost occuring sugar maple, growing in populations in Mexico and Guatemala. While it's perfectly happy here in East Texas, several of our Hill Country friends are enjoying great success with this tree as well! Spring growth emerges bronze, then turns a medium green. Fall color is a specatular butterscotch orange.
Achillea 'Firefly Amethyst'Yarrowsunperennial1-2'pinkNThe Firefly hybrid yarrow were bred for a bit of extra height and lots of extra sturdiness. Firefly Amethyst boasts umbels of bright magenta-pink flowers will cheer you from a distance, and the butterflies will thank you for such a pretty and delicious meal!
Agapanthus 'Twister'Lily of the NileSunPerennial2’Blue and white Good golly, if these were in bloom, I wouldn’t even bother describing them here. I’d tell you to sprint, not run to get one ... in a safe sprint-like manner. Bicolor flowers are born in clusters atop sturdy green stems. Individul florets have a lovely blue throat that opens up to sweet, white petals.
Agastache 'Blue Fortune'Giant hyssopsunperennial2-3'blueNThe easiest hyssop to grow in our heat and humidity! You won't be dissapointed with the abundance of soft, blue flower spikes that are simply alive with pollinators. Foliage is sweetly reminiscent of licorice, but not in a bad way.
Amorpha canescensLead plantsunshrub3'indigo blueNExtremely drought tolerant plant with silvery-grey foliage topped with spikes of irridescent indigo flowers that attracta host of butterflies.
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'Blue starsunperennial1-1.5'blueSE USNBlue Ice is my favorite blue star to grow - although I love them all! It boasts a more compact habit with with greyish willow-like foliage and much darker blue starry flowers held in clusters at stem ends. Shear after flower to keep a tidier habit.
Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'
Storm Cloud bluestarsunperennial2'blueyesNAmsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' forms a compact 2' tall x 3' wide clump that emerges with black stems, which contrast nicely with the dense heads of sky blue flowers.
Aristolochia fimbriata
White veined Dutchman's pipe
sunperennial2'maroonLMounding plants have rounded leaves, patterned heavily with silver veins. Although the flowers are small, they are really interesting. There's a curved tube at the base that opens up with a brownish maroon face with yellow frills. This is a good host plant for the pipevine swallotwail.
Asclepias incarnataSwamp milkweedsunperennial3-4'pinkyesN,LA pink flowered milkweed typically found in swamps, river bottoms and wet meadows. Plants preform best when not allowed to dry out. Flowers are a great nectar source and foliage is excellent fodder for monarch caterpillars!
Asclepias perennisWhite milkweedsunperennial2'whiteyesN,LThis lovely native milkweed prefers a consisitently moist soil, and offers blush-pink buds that open to form clusters of white flowers.
Asclepias tuberosaButterfly weedsunperennial2'orangeyesN,Lnative, perennial butterfly weed. Terminal clusters of bring orange flowers attract a variety of pollinators. Foliage serves as a buffet for monarch caterpillars.
Asclepias variegataRedring milkweedpt sun to pt shadeperennial2'whiteyesN,L I have enjoyed discovering the native milkweeds of East Texas, and this one may be my favorite. Large umbels produce white, pincushion-like flower buds that burst open to starry white flowers with a tiny red rings between the petals and corona. Best situated with morning sun or high-canopied shade.
Asimina parvifloraDwarf pawpawpt sun to sundeciduous shrub3'purple/brownyesLDwarf pawpaw are a fun find when wandering the sandy sites in east Texas forests. They often occur at wood's edge, and produce tiny dark purple flowers that turn brown once pollinated. They produce small, green fruit that tastes a bit like banana. But not quite. I exclusively grow pawpaw because they are the host plant for zebra swallowtail butterflies!
Baptisia albaWhite wild indigosunperennial2-4'whiteyesN,LFoliage is an attractive grey green and offers tall spikes of creamy-white lupine-like flowers in early summer. Nectar is highly prized by native bumblebees, and clouded sulfur butterflies may use foliage as a host for catrepillars.
Beschorneria xFalse red agavept shadeperennial (z8)2'reddish greenThis shade prefering SUCCULENT offers, soft-to-the-touch, yucca-like foliage and head-high, reddish flower stalks that offer pendulous reddish-green tubular flowers.
Bignonia capreoloataCrossvinesun to part sunEvergreen vine30’orangeyesNThis selection, made by our friend Greg Grant, offers dramatic, dark orange tubular flowers (Jordan wouldn’t let me call them sexy) that are an amazing early season nectar resource for pollinators. Vines are mostly evergreen and we like to use them as screens on fences.
Buddleia ‘Queen of Hearts’Butterfly bushsunevergreen shrub3'magentaNCompact plants, wider than they are tall, are abundant bloomers producing fat spikes of rich magenta flowers.
Callirhoe involucrataPoppy mallowsunperennial1'magentayesNThere are a lot of things to appreciate about the poppy mallow. Interestingly lobed foliage that trails along the ground. Eye-catching, glowing magenta, cupped shaped flowers with brilliant white centers. Deep taproots making them quite drought tolerant. Finally, they serve as nectar souce and larval host for the Grey Hairstreak butterfly.
Camellia sasanqua 'Moonshadow'Camelliapt sun to shadeevergreen6-8'blush whiteWe love everything camellia breeder Bobby Green introduces, and Moonshadow may be our most favorite. A heavy flowering sasanqua camellia with large white flowers gracefully tipped in pretty pink in late fall.
Camlleia hiemalis 'Rose of Autumn'Camelliapt shade to shadeevergreen6-8'pinkLarge, semi-double flowers offer rose pink flowers with wavy, ruffly petals in late fall. They are simply enchanting, and a Bobby Green inroduction which tells you that you have to have one. Or three!
Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka'Camelliapt sun to shadeevergreen8-10'whiteOne of the first camellias to bloom in fall in the Ruby Mize Garden. Blousy, semi-double flowers offer ruffled white petals surrounding prominent yellow centers. Flowers have a lovely fragrance.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide'Camelliapt shade to shadeevergreen4-5'redDr. Creech's favorite camellia offers single, brick red flowers with prominent yellow stamen typical of the fall blooming sasanqua species. It's not my favorite, simply because I don't personally favor the color, BUT this camellia is nothing if not reliable, and heavily flowering with a good, compact habit.
Camellia sinensisTea camelliapt shade to shadeEvergreen shrub6-8'whiteDeep green foliage contrasts nicely with cheerful, white single flowers that appear in October. An odd characteristic is that the flowers smell like corn tortillas as noted by the 2008 Landscape Plant Materials class - HA! Young leaves are used in the production of tea.
Carex cherokeensisCherokee sedgept shade to shadeperennial18"tanyesA sturdy sedge for the shady woodland, preferring moist soils, but tolerating average soils likea champ. Over time, it will mannerly spread to form a lush, evergreen groundcover.
Carex oshimensis Evercolor ‘Everillo’EverColor sedgept shade to shadeperennial1'tanI L.O.V.E. the bright, lemon-lime green color of thus sedge. Brighten a shady spot with this fountain of color. Provide a bit of supplemental moisture during summer dry spells and Everillo will work hard for you year round!
Carex texensisTexas sedgeshadeperennialyesTexas sedge is an attractive sedge with arching, fine-textured leaves. Teeny flowers appear in late spring a bit above the foliage. It makes a great groundcover that performs in both moist and dry shade.
Castanea pumilaAllegheny chinquapinsundeciduous tree25'whiteyesNOne of the most nostalgic and historic native small trees in the south with tasty acorn-like nut prized by both humans and wildlife. RARE in commerce.
Catalpa bignoniodes 'Variegata'Catalpasundeciduous tree10-12'whiteyesLThe old timers call this tree Catawba, and prize it for the worms that eat the foliage. Why? Because the worms are goood bait for big ole catfish. Just collect the worms, put them in a tub of cornmeal and keep them in the freezer until it's time to fish. You'll have bait all year long! This form has variegated leaves in the spring that green up in the summer. Our friend, Greg Grant, collected this tree at the RHS Gardens in Wisley.
Cephalanthus occidentalisButton bushsundeciduous shrub4-8'whiteyesNButton bush pack a powerful pollinator punch with their tight spheres of densely packed, creamy white flowers. They look like miniature explosions of glittering white fireworks. Ducks and other shorebirds feast on their seeds, too!
Cercis canadensisRedbudpt shadedeciduous tree15'purpleyesNGlorious spring blooming tree that ushers in spring with an explosion of tiny purple flowers.
Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’Desert willowsundeciduous tree30'pinkWTXNHubba hubba, do we like Bubba!!! This heavy flowering desert willow is unique with it's huge, dark pink flowers. It's remarkably drought tolerant … I guess they wouldn't have named it desert willow otherwise … so it's perfect for that hot, sunny spot in your yard!
Chionanthus retususChinese fringe treesundeciduous shrub15-20'whiteBreathtaking display of frilly, white flowers in spring. These are the trees that line Wilson Drive on the way to the Mast Arboretum, and I'd like to say the stop traffic, but most college kids don't care about gorgeous flowering trees. I guarantee they will be a part of their SFA memories though!
Clematis carrizoensisCarrizo leatherflower
pt sun to pt shade
vine6'purple and yellowyesNThis recently described species of clematis, through the work of Dr. Dwayne Estes, occurs in the sandhills of East Texas. It ambles through bright shade at the forest edge and is graced with fair-like, light purple bell-shaped flowers with yellow reflexed tips. Seed clusters like like little fairy poofs - if you know what a fairy poof looks like, that is.
Clethra alnifolia 'Einstein'Summersweetsundeciduous shrub2-4'creamy whiteyesNCompact growing shrub with unusually long racemes of creamy white, sweet smelling flowers. Flower spikes twist and turn in all directions, literally like Einstein's disorderly locks. On top of it's unique display, summersweet are excellent additions to the pollinator landscape.
Cliftonia monophylla 'Chipolo Pink'Buck-Wheat treesunevergreen shrub8-15'light pinkSE USNThis southeastern US native has beautiful, thick, dark green foliage that is highlighted in spring with clouds of pink flower panicles. This is a very good candidate for damp, acidic soils and is an excellent early season source of nectar for pollinators. We do no recommend this for honeybee keepers as it may cause purple brood. It does not affect native pollinators.
Clinopodium georgianumGeorgia savorysunperennial1-2'light pinkSE USNThis mint relative is a trure delight in late summer and early fall with it's smothering of tiny pink flowers. Unlike most mints, this fella doesn't run andlikes hot, sunny sites with good drainage. It smell divine, so plant it at the paths edge where visitors can brush against it.
Colocasia esculenta ‘Tea Cup’Elephant earsunperennial4-6'n/aA clumping, upright growing elephant ear with cup-shaped foliage. As leaves fill with rain water, they tip over and pour it out. (Admit it, you just made a teapot handle with your arm and sang the song.)
Colocasia 'Mojito'Mojito elephant earsunperennial4'n/aSexy splashes and sweeps and freckles of purple color these awesome elephant ears. Plant in blazing sun for the best coloring. Mojito is well-behaved, and will clump rather than run.
Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' PP 18,789Butter daisysunperennial1'yellowhybid ofLFluted yellow petals surround a darker yellow center on these long-bloomong, compact plants. Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Cornus angustataEvergreen dogwoodsun to part sunevergreen tree30'whiteThis lovely, evergreen dogwood is showing real promise for southern landscapes. Large, showy white flower bracts produced in late spring, follow by round red fruit that are edible - at least in a famine as Dr. Creech says. Provide good drainage.
Cornus florida subsp. urbinianaMexican dogwoodpt shade to shadedeciduous tree20'whiteMexicoAlso known as the magical dogwood, and for good reason. Blooming later than our native dogwood, it's white, petal-like bracts remain fused at the tips to form a sort of Chinese lantern-look. Extremely rare.
Cornus quinquenervisFive-veined dogwoodSundeciduos tree8'whitedeciduous to semi evergreen shrub, umbel flowers, tough plant
Crataegus marshaliiParsley Hawthornsun to part sundeciduous small tree15'whiteyesN,LNative deciduous small tree with delicate parsley-like foliage, showy white flowers in spring, and small red fruit in fall for the wildlife.
Curcuma longaYellow turmeric
sun to part sun
perennial3'whiteGrow your own turmeric! This hiddend ginger is easy to grow and hardy to zone 7b as long as it's provided with good drainage in winter time. Ethereal flowers are produced in late summer amongst fragrant foliage. Can be treated as a patio plant, but will need to indoor winter protection if kept in a container.
Curcuma zedoariaWhite tumericpt sun to pt shadeperennial3'pink, white, yellowHidden ginger prefer drainage in winter when plants are dormant, and bright shade rather than deep shade. Tropical foliage folows neat "flowers" that consist of big pink, pine cone shaped bracts with small yellow flowers peeking forth. It's called white turmeric since the roots are white fleshed, as opposed to the yellow roots of yellow turmeric. Plants are dormant - you're welcome to poke the rhizomes to test for firmness.
Cyrilla racemifloraTitisundeciduous shrub10'whiteyesNI credit this plant with my new found obsession with native plants. I grew it for a past plant sale and listed it as a spectacular nectar source. Which it is, EXCEPT for honeybees - which are Euoropean - and in their case it causes purple brood. Not good. Fragrant, pendulous clusters of creamy white flowers appear in spring and a valuable to NATIVE pollinators, and seeds are prized by birds and mammals.
Dalea candidaWhite prairie cloversunperennial1-2'whiteyesNExtremely drought tolerant legume with grey-green foliage and long, graceful, tall flower stalks terminating in clusters of snowy-white flowers. Well-drained soils are highly recommended.
Dalea greggiiGregg's prairie cloversunperennial1'indigo blueWTXNThis west Texas native has eyepopping, bright silvery foliage tipped with dark indigo flowers. Plants MUST have good drainage in the winter, but do appreciate a bit of a drink in summer when they would normally get rains in their native Chihuahuan Desert region.
Dalea villosaSilky prairie cloversun to pt sunperennial2-2.5'lavenderyesNThis supremely gorgeous legume boasts silvery grey foliage and the most sublime, bright lavender purple flower spikes. Seeds collected from a rare population occuring in Nacogdoches County.
Deutzia scabra 'Codsall Pink'Fuzzy deutziasundeciduous shrub6-10'blush whiteEvery single tour I gave this spring halted in it's tracks when we arrived at the deutzia in bloom. This gracefully arching shrub is S.M.O.T.H.E.R.E.D in blushed, double-petaled, bell shaped flowers. Spent petals lay on the ground like newly fallen snow.
Deutzia 'Yuki Cherry Blossom'Dwarf deutziasundeciduous shrub2'pinkI really, really like deutzia, but their size can be a bit intimidating. Yuki Cherry Blossom puts deutzia in a much more manageable size perspective, AND offers pretty pink flowers too!
Distylium 'Linebacker'Distylium
pt shade to shade
evergreen shrub8-10'redDistylium have been underreprestented in landscapes, but breeding efforts have produced some real quality garden specimens. I've always been fond of their texture in the landscape, and Linebacker flushes with reddish new growth, adding even more dimension to the texture.
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'Coneflowersunperennial2'yellow, orange or redSE USNSeed grown coneflower mix with each indivual PLANT having a different flower color of red, orange or yellow. Please not that one plant will NOT produce multiple colors of flowers.
Echinacea 'Mellow Yellows'Coneflowersunperennial2-2.5'yellowSE USNI've given up on tissue cultured coneflowers, and was happy to find this new yellow, seed-grown selection. The flower colors are described as "buttery ivory to banana, lemon yellow, melon, mango and pumpkin!"Not my words, but those of Mary Vaananen in Grower Talks. Well said Mary. Now I want a smoothie.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Cleo Barnwell’Purple coneflowersunperennial3'pinkNMs. Cleo Barnwell, an avid gardener who lived in Shreveport, shared some seeds of this prolific, healthy coneflower with our friend, Greg Grant, many years ago. We still grow this excellent perennial at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center today.
Echinacea sanguineaSanguine coneflowersunperennial2'pinkyesNWe've been working hard to bring locally collected natives to you. These seedlings of sanguine coneflower are THE coneflower that's native to East Texas and western Louisiana, growing from the Red River down to the gulf. Flowers are quite feminie in feel, and narrow, pale pink petals dangle gently from dark, orange-red cones.
Edible - Ananas comosus ‘White Jade’Pineapplesuntender perennial3'Pineapple? Why not? However, unless you take these to the coast, plan to keep in a container so that they can overwinter in a bright window or greenhouse. White Jade boasts white flesh and an edible core, and is touted as the sweetest tasting pineapple!
EDIBLE - Ficus carica 'Ischia'Figsundeciduous shrub10'Yellow-skinned fig with sweet, succulent flesh that can reach up to 2 inches in diameter!
EDIBLE - Ficus carica ‘Little Ruby’Figsundeciduous shrub4'Fig trees can be massive things, but Little Ruby offers an alternative size for patios and smaller landscapes. Red figs have sweet, strawberry colored flesh.
EDIBLE - Ficus carica 'White Marsailles'
Figsundeciduous10'I don't actually like figs, but I think they are beautiful landscape plants, plus the husband and kiddo like fig preserves. I couldn't help but offer this one as it was Thomas Jerferson's favorite fig. The greenish-white, small fruit is ripe when fruit separates easily from the tree.
edible - Rubus 'Kiowa' PP9861Blackberrysunvine5'whitenative hybridNAn excellent blackbery for southern gardens with massive, delicious fruit in early summer.
EDIBLE - Rubus ‘Sweetie Pie’Blackberrysunperennial5-6'whitehybrid ofNThornless blackberry bred by the USDA in Poplarville, MS for resistance to rosette disease. Berries have high sugar content, and are some of the sweetest you will grow. Berries on second year canes (floricanes)
EDIBLE - Vaccinium 'Earlibird Blue'Blueberrysunevergreen shrub4-6'whitehybrid ofNPart of our USDA blueberry trial partnership, Earlibird Blue was named and release in 2011. It's a low chill, early ripening blueberry perfect for acidic, well-drained soils of East Texas and beyond.
EDIBLE - Vaccinium ‘Palmetto’Blueberrysunsemi-evergreen shrub5-6'whiteyesNExceptionally flavorful berry with good firmness and plant vigor .
EDIBLE - Vaccinium ‘Rebel’Blueberrysunsemi-evergreen shrub4-6'whiteyesNEarly season producer with good fruit size. Vigorous producer.
EDIBLE - Vitis 'Alachua'Muscadine grapesunvine10-12'yesNA self-fertile cross (doesn’t need a buddy to make fruit), that ripens uniformly. Great for jellies, jams, wines and fresh eating too!
Ehretia anacuaSandpaper-treesunevergreen tree25'yesN some freeze issues in Dallas, good bark, white flowers
Ensette ventricosum 'Maurelii'Red bananasuntender perennialn/aA dramatic vertical accent for the summer garden or container garden where it fills the "thriller" role in the thriller/chiller/spiller combo. Upright trunk with large green leaves are heavily accented with red. Perfect for poolside, or cheerful patios. Will overwinter in zone 9.
Eryngium yuccifoliumRattlesnake mastersunperennial3'whiteyesNOne of my very favorite additions to the pollinator habitat with spiky globes of white in mid-summer. SUCCULENT foliage would indicate drought tolerance, and it doesn't lie. Great architectural addition to any garden - even if you hate pollinators. (shame on you)
Erythrina herbaceaCoralbeansun to pt sunperennial3-6'redyesNHailing from sandy soils of the Gulf South to North Carolina, coral bean offers huge spikes of brilliant red, tubular flowers just in time for the migration of the Ruby Throated Hummingbrids. Coincidence, I think not.
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'
Pineapple lilysun to pt sunperennial2'creamFeaturing attractive, purple strappy foliage - better color with more sun, although afternoon shade is recommended. Flowers are borne in clusters and topped with a "tuft" of foliage and ultimatley resemble a pineapple.
Euphorbia ‘Galaxy Glow’Euphorbiasunperennial3'greenIntroduced by famed plantsman, Pat McCracken, this euphorbia reportedly far outlasts others in the landscape. Good drainage is immesurably important, and when you get that right, this lovely thing, with lovely blue-green foliage is topped with masses of the most unique flower clusters known to man.
Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’Flowering spurgesunperennial1'greenProbably my favorite plant to grow in a continer, with bright green foliage with striking yellow margins. New growth is flushed in shades of reddish pink. Clusters of variegated cream, lime and green bracts make a super-cool addition to an already pretty cool plant. They need good drainage, hence the container, but plants are evergreen.
Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculata’Spotted leopard plant
pt shade to shade
perennial2.5'yellowNThis was the first leopard plant I ever grew - way back when they still called it Ligularia tussilaginea. That's a mouthful of Latin that's fun to say! Dark green, leathery leaves are ardorned with brillianty randpm splashes and dots of bright yellow.
Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispata’Crested leopard plant
pt shade to shade
perennial1.5'yellowNI've seen this called parsley farfugium and I like that name. Thick, medium green foliage curls and undulates like curly parsely. This is one of the easier cultivars to grow, and definitely provides a distinct texture to the shady landscape.
Farfugium japonicum 'Gigantea'
Giant farfugium, tractor seat plant
pt shade to shadeperennial2-3'yellpwNYAY - we finally have the giant leopard plant back! Forget hosts - massive, glossy green, tractor seat shaped leaves really shine in the shady garden. Plants are nearly evergreen and produce tall spikes of yellow flowers in November and December, providing a great very-late season nectar source.
Farfugium japonicum 'Shishi Botan'Parsley leopard plantpt shade to shadeperennial1'yellowI'm really excited about this Farfugium. Despite their lack of a good common name, these plants are wonderful, evergreen choices for the shade. Shishi Botan has the oddest, coolest, most intriguing parsley-esque foliage and yellow flowers in late fall.
Forsythia x intermedia "Dr. Gregory"Forsythia
sun to pt sun
deciduous shrub3'yellowThis lovely spring blooming shrub is smothered with golden yellow flowers in late winter before foliage emerges. This particular plant was passed on to me by the late Dr. Carroll Gregory who was a beloved physician and Master Gardener in Nacogdoches. We also knew him as the Cheese Man at the Nacogdoches Farmers' Market. We get a pretty reminder of him when plants are in bloom.
Frangula carolinianaCarolina buckthornpt sundeciuous shrub12-15'creamYN. LI think this native understory shrub has potential. I've always enjoyed the layered texture of these shrubs and glossy green nature of their leaves. Inconspicuous flowers are a great source for early season nectar, and produce red berries that mature to a unique, glossy black that birds relish. Host plant for snout butterfly
Gaillardia aestivalis var winklerii - Purple Selection
Winkler's firewheelsunperennial2'purpleYNWhile not our original purple selection called 'Grape Sensation', these super-cool gaillardia boast purple ray and disc flowers showing their SFA Lumberjack spirit all summer long. Plants are extremely drought and heat tolerant.
Gaillardia aestivalis var. winklerii 'Lemon Drop'
Winkler's firewheelsunperennial1'whiteyesNThis flowers of this selection of our endangered Texas endemic has cheerful white petals surrounding puffy yellow centers. Tolerant of dry, sandy soils.
Gaillardia aestivalis var. asestivalis
Lanceleaf blanket flower
sunperennial1'yellow and purpleyesNThis is the East Texas version of blanket flower with brilliant yellow petals surrounding deep burgundy-purple centers. These perfectly delicious flowers (for pollinators, that is) are home to sandy soils in baking sun. I'd chalk that up as drought tolerant!
Gardenia jasminoides 'Martha Turnbull'
Martha Turnbull gardenia
part shadeevergreen shrub5'whiteGreg Grant made this heavy flowering selection from a batch of seed he collected from Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The single white flowers are intoxicatingly fragrant turning to showy red-orange hips if cross pollinated by another gardenia. Martha was the original owner and of Rosedown and an accomplished horticulturist.
Gardenia jasminoides 'Whispering Pines'
Gardeniasun to part sunevergreen shrub5’whiteWe’ve been enamored with this lovely gardenia for a few years now. Our healthy plants sport dark, glossy green foliage and elegant, double, creamy white flowers in early summer, with a sprinkling of flowers here and there until fall. Jordan says the flowers smell like sno cones. While I’m not sure what a sno cone should smell like, I think that means they smell like magic!
Gardenia jasminoides 'Gold Doubloon'GardeniaPt sun to pt shadeEvergreen shrub4’WhiteGlowing chartreuse-yellow foliage, with small dark green patches here and there, is the wow factor here. Flowers are the big, romantic double sort that we expect of gardenias. Run, don’t walk to this one.
Gardenia 'Snow Girl'GardeniaSun to part sunEvegreen shrub2’WhiteI kinda don’t care if this gardenia blooms or not, because of it’s beautiful, healthy, tiny foliage. Early summer offers a shower of single, fragrant flowers with intermittent blooms until frost.
Glandularia 'Blue Princess'
Blue princess verbena
SunPerennial2’PeriwinkleNWill the real verbena please stand up? Oh wait, those are the REAL verbenas. Our lovely trailing vervains have recently been reclassified to a horrible scientific name akin to some horrible disease. That aside, Blue Princess is a spectaular hybrid made by Greg Grant that tolerate heat and humidity like a champ. Clusters of lightly fragrant, soft blue-ish flowers flush heavy in spring and againin fall, with sprinklings throughout the summer.
Glandularia canadensisRose vervainsunperennial>1'pinkyesNDespite my disdain for the new common name to the plant we all knew as Verbena, this native perennial is an outstanding plant. Found in the sandhills of East Texas, rose vervain is an evergreen, drought tolerant grouncover with cluster of fragrant, medium pink, tubular flowers that make the perfect landing pad for nectaring butterflies.
GRASS - Andropogon gerardii ‘Blackhawk’
Big bluestemSunPerennial5’RedYesLGah! If you could fall in love with a grass, this would be an excellent candidate. This cultivar of our durable native bunch grass starts the growing seasoning in a spectacular dark purple manner and only gets better with time. PLEASE pair this with Gaillardia aestivalis var. aestivalis. It’s a darnsexy combination. (Yeah, darnsexy is one word.)
Grass - Andropogon gerardii 'Red October'
Big bluestemsunperennial6'redyesLDeep green foliage emerges in spring with notable red tips, but the real show begins around the first of autumn when foliage starts to turn a vivid red and tall scarlet-red inflorescences appear.
GRASS - Eragrostis spectabilisPurple love grasssunperennial1'purple-ishyesThe more I use this grass in the landscape, the more I like it. And I liked it a lot to begin with! I use them as a tallish groundcover, planting them closely and allowing taller perennials to peer through the mist of their airy purpleish infloresences. Pairs well with pink Turk's cap, purple salvias, coneflowers and rattlesnake master.
GRASS - Muhlenbergia capillarisCoastal muhlysunperennial3'pinkyesAiry panicles of feather pink flowers erupt in early fall creating a spectacular cloud of color.
Grass - Panicum virgatum 'Apache Rose'
Apache Rose switchgrass
sunperennial4'pinkyesA sturdy, durable ornamental grass that withstands adverse weather conditions. Grey-green leaves form a strictly upright, dense clump. Rose-colored flower panicles and leaf tips in fall
Grass - Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'Switchgrasssunperennial3'whiteyesSteely-blue stems stand perfectly at attention. No flip-flopping here. Northwind really makes an exclamation in the landscape!
Grass - Panicum virgatum ‘Purple Tears’
Switch grass sunperennial4'purpleyesLight, bright green foliage pairs well with airy panicles of purple seedheads. Purple Tears boasts an upright, narrow growth habit.
GRASS - Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
Switchgrasssunperennial3'whiteyesA smaller statured, slower growing switchgrass with leaves turning a brilliant ruby red in early summer. Nicely pairs with the red flower spikes of cardinal flower.