Plant choice is one of the basic principles of success in the garden. Research and observing what does well in your area can be fun and helpful.
Crape Myrtles do really well in upper central Texas. These are the first blooms of the season on Basham’s Party Pink Crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia fauriei x indica), which is one of the tallest varieties. It can reach 30 feet. In 8 years, it is already about 10 ft., so this picture is taken looking up.
It was named in honor of Bill Basham, who worked for the city of Houston as a horticulturist in the 1970’s.
Abuzz with bees when in bloom.
This Vitex in the back yard must be mowed around, so it’s trimmed in close at the bottom. The branches of both bushes are pruned at the top to keep it’s size fairly compact. It can get leggy and unattractive if not pruned in late fall.
Like most wildflowers, it reseeds very well.
Not all Texas wildflowers do well in every part of Texas. Our property also has Prairie Verbena, Snow on the Mountain, and Indian Blankets. In some years when there is more rain, Texas Bluebells can be seen.
Of course, all of these wildflowers are very drought tolerant.
If you’re like me, part of the fun is reading and hearing about plants. And, of course, shopping for them at local plant sales and privately owned nurseries.
“Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” Lori Deschene