The pictures in this post were taken at a Community Garden in the small town of Menard. There are raised beds that can be rented for growing vegetables. The garden is also used to teach Jr. Master Gardeners. They have a separate section with raised beds for them.
A large section of the garden contains different bushes, flowers, and vines. This is a type of Salvia.
The flowers on Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) have a velvet look and feel. The problem is that it needs warmer winters. So, alas, it freezes back when I try to grow it. But it is a gorgeous plant.
Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana) also needs more tropical growing conditions.
The unique flowers have the paper-thin look of Bougainvillas. The actual flower is the white part.
Zinnas are an economical way to bring color into the garden. So easy to grow.
A must for Texas gardens: Gregg’s Blue Mist Flower (Conoclinium greggii.). Queen Butterflies flock to it.
Morning Glory Tree (Ipomoea carnea) loves our heat but not the freezing winter times in my area.
The rains have made it difficult to keep up with weeding. Since this garden is manned by volunteers, it’s easy to see how it’s possible to be crowded with plants growing unchecked.
One couple teaches the Jr. Master Gardeners and takes care of this garden. They recruit volunteers whenever possible. What a heart for their community.
Another tropical plant is Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). Their bright color certainly steals the scene and makes us all drool for one. Unfortunately, I’ve learned that no matter how much you want some plants, if they won’t survive the winter, forget them.
Just look at that flower that screams the Caribbean Islands.
Now back to a solid performer.
Esperanzass (Tecoma Stans) are coveted for their beautiful yellow tubular flowers. Mine always freeze. Some people say they have better luck than I do.
And what would a Texas garden be without a pepper plant. Not sure which one this is.
Good old Zinnas grow wherever there is a little bit of soil.
Anyone with a garden anywhere knows that plant choices are important. Sometimes we cannot plant something we really like.
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