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Curb appeal that makes a difference.

Curb appeal that makes a difference.

Lots of people will be getting ready to change out their landscape soon.

Some brightly colored flowers might be nice here, and a few potted plants there … but have you considered creating a landscape that is pollinator friendly?

Saving time and money on your landscape can be as easy as installing the right plants.

Native plants are more drought and stress tolerant, so they require less water and maintenance than non-native varieties. They will also thrive better in the right environment. There are several tree, shrub, grass, flower and groundcover native plants to choose from, but as a butterfly lover; here are a few I recommend you use.

There are plenty of native plants to install on your sustainable Texas landscape.

Pollinator friendly:

Mistflower for hungry bees and caterpillars, but it is toxic to dogs, so be sure your dog doesn’t chew on it.

Milkweed: Antelope Horns, Showy Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Butterfly Retreat would be an assorted wildflower mix for a butterfly habitat.

The time to stratisfy the seeds is now for Monarch butterflies and caterpillars.

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There are at least 6 varieties of salvia, a Copper Canyon Daisy, tropical milkweed, Gregg’s Mist Flower, four nerve daisy, yellow bulbine, flame acanthus, and various other flowering plants for the pollinators to enjoy. This will becomes an extension of the certified wildlife habitats: most are pollinator friendly plants, all are low-water varieties, and many are native. You may also want to try some Texas wildflower seed. 

 

 

 

Native Groundcover:

Groundcover helps to prevent soil erosion and cut back on maintenance time.

Frogfruit (deciduous) is an attractive groundcover that spreads rapidly. It has small white flowers and is a good host for butterfly larva. Frogfruit should be planted in early spring or fall.

An evergreen, Horseherb is most useful in shade to part-shade areas. It competes with turf grasses, so it needs to be maintained. Horseherb blooms all year, but the flowers are small and visually insignificant. You should install it in early spring.

Silver Ponyfoot (evergreen) should also be planted in early spring or fall. It spreads out like carpet and has an interesting blue-gray color.

They should work in any region across Texas.

Native Perennials:

 

Try these if you want plants that last more than a year/

A lof of people like, Black-Eyed Susans (deciduous) are good for landscapes in Central Texas to Houston. The perennial blooms with large, yellow flowers throughout the summer.

Plant them in early spring or fall, and they must be cut back in the winter. Black-Eyed Susans can grow 1 to 2 feet high with a 1 to 2 foot spread.

Esperanza (deciduous) blooms spring through fall with large, yellow flowers. It is best to plant them in early spring or fall and need full sun. You must cut them back to the ground each year. These work for all regions and grow 4 to 8 feet high with a 4 to 6 foot spread.

 

You can also enjoy some color with Texas Lantana (deciduous), which can be planted in all regions. It blooms summer through fall with orange and yellow flowers. It needs full sun and must be cut back each year. Be sure to plant it in early spring or fall. It reaches 3 to 5 feet high with a 4 to 6 foot spread.

A good flowering plant for shady areas is Rock Rose (deciduous). It should be planted in early spring or fall and works for all regions. It has pink blooms during the summer and needs sun to shade. Rock Rose grows 2 feet high with a 2 foot spread.

Native Shrubs:

Add some structure and eye-catching foliage to your property with shrubs.

A good alternative to hollies, Agarita (evergreen) blooms with yellow flowers and red berries February to April. The shrub has tough, prickly leaves, so these shouldn’t be used in areas where there will be high levels of pedestrian interactions.

 

They grow 3 to 6 feet high with a 3  to 6 foot spread, and they need sun to part shade. You should install them in early spring or early fall.

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Also try Flame Acanthus (deciduous). They have red-orange flowers during the summer through fall and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. They have a 3 to 4 foot height with a 3 to 4 foot spread. They need sun to part shade and should be planted in early spring or fall.

 

Texas Sage (evergreen) provides massive amounts of purple flowers several times during the growing season. They should be planted in early spring or early fall in full sun, and they have a 4 to 5 foot height with a 4 to 5 foot spread. It’s an all-around great shrub.

 

 

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