Newbie means that they are new in my yard and some of them are new to me, period.
A good source of hardy plants is garden club events. This was bought at a regional meeting where the host club sold plants. The prices are always reasonable, the plants are reliable, and the cause is good.
Many times I don’t know the plant but I trust the source. This one was labeled Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra), so I expected some red berries. This has pink berries and flowers that look a lot like Lantana. It is hardiness zone 8 and 9, so it will have to go in a shed during the winter.
Barbados Cherry are large shrubs, and it will evidently have large red berries.
Another good source for plants in Central Texas is the Lady Bird Johnson Center. Texas Kidneywood or Bee Brush (Eysenhardtia texana) is doing well in our alkaline soil.
It has a slight citrus smell and attracts pollinators. The Mesquite looking leaves is a sign that it will do well in an arid climate.
Bought at a garden event, this plant was tagged Germander. From what I’ve read, it’s an herb that is in the mint family. It has grown, but doesn’t have much scent and hasn’t flowered. The jury is still out on it.
Another garden club event purchase, Mexican Flame Vine (Senecio confusus) is a woody vine that grows up to 10 ft. Senecio means confused old man which refers to its matted growth if not supported by a trellis or fence.
Since it is tropical, it has to brought inside here. So I’m not quite sure how I will work out support for its branches.
New here means that at last I’ve gotten Lavender to survive. I’ve tried it a couple of times before. First, I thought it didn’t need much watering, so it withered. The next one I watered a little, but rain from a roof flowed into it and drowned it.
These were given to us when we paid for a gardening seminar. I’ve watered them but the pots drain really well. So far, so good.
Oxblood Lily or Schoolhouse Lily (Rhodophiala bifida) is thought to be native to Texas but actually was brought here from Argentina in the early 1800’s. My blooms were short lived, but so bright that they seem worth it. Don’t really remember where I got them.
Experimenting in the garden can be fun and challenging.
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