Gardeners each have their own favorite plants, so I don’t usually foist my choices on others. But today I’m going to make some recommendations.
Then, surprisingly, roses not only have survived here but were a success.
Drift Roses are a relatively new type of Knock Out® Roses. These are Coral Drift Roses. They are low growing and constantly covered with flowers from early spring until the first freeze.
If I can have roses here in my high alkaline, clay and rock soil, then anyone can. They are in lasagna raised beds that have amended soil. Other than that, all they need is sun and water.
The rocks at the edge of the beds are to keep the water from washing off the slopes. Texas has lots of limestone fossils. This one and the following ones came from the edge of a creek on our property.
There are some roses that are exceptional performers. Like this Belinda’s Dream that flowers on and off for months. It has no disease problems. Just give space for bushes to get huge – about 6 feet across.
My all time favorite of the roses that I’ve tried is Double Delight because it has a strong scent that is out of this world. It is also a hybrid tea. I recently bought another one at a local nursery because I’m not sure how long roses bushes last. Mine is twelves years old and doesn’t look as healthy this year as usual. But we did have some hard freezes this winter.
This soil was not amended, so it’s a tough plant.
There are many different flowers that fit into the vague, incorrect category “bulb”. For example: tulips and daffodils are bulbs, irises are rhizomes, gladiolas and crocuses are corms, and daylilies are tubers with tuberous roots. Confusing.
My point is that plants in the “bulb” designation are a wonderful addition to any garden. They tend to be reasonably priced; some produce new bulbs so your investment grows and can be shared; many different varieties are available to grow in different zones and climates; and most provide beautiful flowers year after year. What a bargain.
Henry Duelberg Salvia (Salvia farinacea) was discovered growing beside a grave in LaGrange, Texas. Greg Grant named the plant after the deceased. It is one wonderful, eye catching plant. Keep it contained because it spreads.
As usual, it is best to “dance with the one who brung you” meaning it’s important to select plants that do well where you live.
“Don’t let the thoughts of failure stop you from trying, even when you fail, it’s not enough to give up. The light bulb itself finally found success after so many trials.” Terry Marks.