Did you know that your garden can not only look good, it can do good for the Earth? Whether you have a flower garden, vegetable garden, or a landscaped bed, a few simple changes can make a big difference.
Want a delicate plant that sways in the breeze, its flowers like tiny butterflies riding the wind? The plant for you is Gaura lindheimeri, also known as Butterfly Gaura or Whirling Butterflies!
Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) is a great entry level plant if you are looking to add more native plants to your yard. It performs well in a variety of conditions and its prolific blooms attract hummingbirds and pollinators.
If you are looking for a gorgeous ornamental grass that is native to much of the United States, look no further than Pink Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris). It turns into a pink fluffy cloud in the fall!
If there is one plant you should avoid at the nursery at all costs, it is Ligustrum (also known as Privet). If you already have it growing in your yard, you may want to seriously consider taking it out.
Why? Because Ligustrum is a highly invasive non-native plant that is taking over wooded areas throughout the Eastern United States, crowding out native species and drastically reducing biodiversity in those areas.
Want a US native plant that will add a dramatic pop of purple to your garden? Then American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is for you! Its berries shine at the end of summer when many flowering plants are on the decline. Birds love the berries too!
Want a plant that is going to add a bright pop of pink to your Texas garden? Look no farther than Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)! This is a beautiful shrub native to the Edwards Plateau and Trans Pecos regions of Texas, as well as parts of Mexico.
If you want to bring your yard alive with pollinators, Gregg’s Mistflower is a must-have plant for your garden. Come fall, its fluffy purple blooms will be covered with Queen butterflies, and plenty of Monarchs too.
If you love butterflies and moths and are concerned about their population declines, then this is the post for you. We need more butterfly host plants in our yards!
Hummingbird Bush (also called Flame Acanthus) is the perfect hummingbird magnet in your garden. You’ll love growing this low-maintenance Texas native plant.