Posts Tagged ‘NICE!’

Possumhaw, the native holiday holly

Posted on November 2nd, 2010 by Bill Ward

“Deck the halls with boughs of possumhaw, tra la la….”

Yes, possumhaw (Ilex decidua)!  This is the native holly of Texas.

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Lindheimer muhly, a native accent grass

Posted on June 25th, 2010 by Bill Ward

For many people, the thought of grass in the “flower bed” is  anathema. For others, any mention of grass for landscaping brings to mind pampas grass, a commonly used exotic.
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Esperanza – a hope for summer blooms

Posted on May 7th, 2010 by Bill Ward

As its common name “esperanza” (Spanish for “hope”) seems to suggest, Tecoma stans is our great hope for showy flowers during the heat of late summer.

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An American beauty

Posted on April 12th, 2010 by Bill Ward

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana ) is an easy-to-grow shrub that does well in the shade of large trees. Beautyberry commonly reaches four to six feet high, sometimes higher, and spreads laterally for many feet. This large bush needs a little room to spread. During early fall, the limbs become shish kebabs of bright purple berries.
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Coral honeysuckle is the perfect vine for landscapes

Posted on March 1st, 2010 by Bill Ward

Guess what was the first plant to bloom in our yard in 2010? No, it wasn’t anemone nor agarita, usually the first two natives to flower when winter starts to give way to spring. It was coral honeysuckle! That vine began to put out a few red flowers only days after the deep freeze of January. read more »