Plants that border on the aggressive can survive in this hard clay and caliche soil and endure the droughts. Out with the finicky plants. But I admit that I sometimes fall prey to those pretty flowers in the nursery that I know will not survive here.
Growing beside a county road, this Square Bid Primrose (Calylophus drummondianus) is a good example of surviving some of the worst conditions.
Also known as Drummond’s Sundrops, that name fits.
Actually, in a flowerbed, it doesn’t spread that much. Maybe because it gets regular water. The one on the left was bought this year because the older plant wasn’t filling in the space.
Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is a zone 5 – 10 perennial. Other common names are Scarlet Rosemallow, Crimson Rosemallow, and Wild Red Mallow.
Actually, Star Hibiscus is native to most southern states. Some people resent that Texas was added to the name. Guess we were just the first to claim it and name it. Texans are not known as shy.
Although mine doesn’t bloom frequently, it’s a sight to be behold when it does.
Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) spreads to hold soil in place. It is native to seashores around the Pacific. It was an unidentified plant when I bought it, so it was a surprise to find out its natural environment.
This one is mostly in the shade, so maybe that keeps it confined.
It probably blooms better in full sun. Ah, well, live and learn. I certainly don’t plan to dig it up. It is hardy and entrenched.
American Germander or Canadian Germander (Teucrium canadense) from the mint family is a volunteer plant. It was probably a gift from birds.
Several plants came up among Pink Guara.
Two of my favorite super hardy and dependable flowers include Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Strawberry globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa). In my opinion, they are absolute musts for gardens. They are heavy reseeders, so once you put in a few plants, there will be plenty to share.
Love the color, the shape, and the fact that pollinators flock to them.
Hope your garden is blessing your life.
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