5 Reasons to Grow Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata)
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5 Reasons to Grow Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata)

​Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata or Mahonia trifoliolata) is an evergreen shrub with holly-like foliage that thrives in full sun and provides year-round interest in your garden. It has clusters of fragrant yellow flowers in early spring, bright red berries in summer, and evergreen foliage throughout winter!

Wildflower Identification: 10 Common Seedlings to Know!
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Wildflower Identification: 10 Common Seedlings to Know!

Have you sowed some wildflower seeds and want to be able to identify what is starting to sprout? Here is your wildflower identification field guide! I hope these photos will help you identify common Texas wildflowers while they are still seedlings, also known as basal rosettes.

Here in Texas, these seedlings start appearing long before spring! I’ve listed them by their common name and scientific names, along with a photo of the seedling and the wild flower in bloom.

Top 7 Texas Evergreen Shrubs

Top 7 Texas Evergreen Shrubs

ne of the questions I get from readers most often is, “What native Texas evergreen shrubs and plants can I incorporate into my yard?” We have become accustomed to evergreen landscapes thanks to non-native shrubs like Sunshine Ligustrum, Nandina, and Japanese Boxwood.

The reality is that there are not a ton of Texas native plants that are evergreen, but there are a handful of great options. Read on for the 7 best evergreen shrubs native to Texas.

Top 5 Costa Rica Butterflies to Spot on Your Trip

Top 5 Costa Rica Butterflies to Spot on Your Trip

Planning a trip to Costa Rica? Be prepared to see some beautiful species of butterflies float by while you are there! These 5 Costa Rica butterflies are a “must see” on your trip.
It is always fun to see butterflies that are so different from those we see in our yards in the United State – like a giant Owl butterfly floating above your table while eating dinner on a restaurant patio (this happened to us!).

5 Reasons to Plant a Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis)
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5 Reasons to Plant a Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis)

We had one of the hottest summers on record here in Texas, but the Desert Willow tree (Chilopsis linearis) didn’t seem to notice! This small tree thrives in full sun and hot temps.

A lot of people have been singing the praises of Desert Willow trees lately. The beautiful tubular flowers remind me of orchid blooms. I’m going to bet that this is going to be one of the most popular native plants in Texas going forward!

5 Reasons to Grow Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides)

5 Reasons to Grow Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides)

If you live in Texas, you are probably used to seeing Lantana in landscaping. There are a variety of Lantanas for sale at the nursery, but Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides or Lantana horrida) is THE one you want in your garden!

This hardy Texas native plant thrives in full sun. It is covered in orange and yellow flowers periodically throughout the growing season, from early summer through fall. It is a perennial shrub that tolerates a wide range of soils and requires little water once established.