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.

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 Great Reasons to Grow an Esperanza Plant (Tacoma stans)
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5 Great Reasons to Grow an Esperanza Plant (Tacoma stans)

Want a plant that thrives in full sun and blooms through the hot Texas summer? You need some Esperanza plants in your life! Also known as Yellow Bells, the scientific name for this plant is Tecoma stans. This shrub has bright yellow bell-shaped flowers paired with olive green leaves. It is one of the few Texas native ornamental shrubs that is frequently used by San Antonio landscapers. I have one in my garden and love it!

Top 5 Texas Fall Flowers to Grow
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Top 5 Texas Fall Flowers to Grow

These five native Texas fall flowers not only look good, they DO good in your garden beds! They serve as host plants for butterflies and moths and provide a critical nectar source for Monarch butterflies which migrate through the state at this time of year. In fact, several of these native species are considered keystone species – some of the best pollinator plants around!

5 Reasons to Grow Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora)
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5 Reasons to Grow Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora)

Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora) may just be my favorite Texas wildflower! I love its unique stacked blooms and pretty purple flowers. This plant goes by more than one common name – you may have also heard it called Lemon Beebalm, Horsemint, or Lemon Bergamot. All are referring to the same plant! Native to the southern US, this wildflower can handle full sun to partial shade. It starts putting on basal leaves in early spring and blooms in the summer.

5 Reasons to Grow Silver Ponyfoot
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5 Reasons to Grow Silver Ponyfoot

Need a beautiful ground cover to add to your garden? Silver Ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea) is a full sun-loving native plant that thrives in well-drained soil. This pretty groundcover is known for its silver leaves and silver stems. Dichondra argentea is a native plant – found in parts of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona! In addition to being a great ground cover, it looks beautiful flowing over rock walls or cascading over an elevated pot or hanging basket.