Plant of the Month: May 2021 - Lance-leaf Tickseed Coreopsis
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Lance-leaf Tickseed Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata grows in small clumps but forms extensive colonies. It is 1-2 1/2 feet tall and has leaves 3-4 inches long, opposite, sometimes alternate near the top where the leaves are fewer. Some of the leaves are deeply cut, almost forming 3 leaflets. Flower heads are yellow, 1-1 1/2 inches across. The yellow center or disk flowers stand out distinctly from the ray flowers, which appear to be attached just below them. Ray flowers are 4-lobed. The yellow, daisy-like flowers occur singly atop long, naked peduncles.
This native species has branching stems at base and often forms sizable colonies along roadsides and in old fields. A southern species, Greater Tickseed (C. major), 2-3' (60-90 cm) tall, has sunflower-like flower heads 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) wide and opposite leaves deeply segmented into 3 parts, appearing as a whorl of 6. Nearly a dozen other perennial yellow-flowered Coreopsis species occur in the East.
Plant of the Month: April 2021 - Texas Gold Columbine
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Texas Gold Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana ‘Texas Gold’
Texas gold columbine is a cool season perennial with attractive foliage
and stunning, long-spurred yellow blossoms. It is native to shady
areas in Big Bend National Park. It has excellent heat tolerance and
prefers dappled shade, but can take a little morning sun. It grows to
about 2 feet tall and side. It blooms for about 4 weeks starting in early
to mid-April. The plants will reseed after the blooms are done. You can
collect the seed after the pods turn tan and the seeds are black. They
are about the size of ground pepper. Spread the seeds where you
want new plants. Give them two to three years to mature to a large
enough size to produce blooms.
Here is more information from the Texas Superstar website about
Texas Gold Columbine:
Plant of the Month: March - Daffodil
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Daffodils Narcissus is one of the easiest spring bulbs to grow in the north Texas area. Plant your daffodil bulbs in the fall when they become available in the nurseries through as late as mid-December. Plant the daffodil bulbs about 3-6” deep and 4-5” apart, placing them in the ground with their pointy ends up. Water well once and wait for spring. After the daffodils have bloomed don't cut off the foliage. Leave it until it's completely withered and yellow, then remove.
Avoid planting the daffodils in a straight line. Instead, plant them in groupings by digging a hole about 18-inches across. Toss the bulbs in the hole and set them upright where they land (adjust the spacing if they all land next to each other). Then cover the bulbs and water.
Plant of the Month: February 2021 - Ornamental Cabbage & Kale
Thursday, February 04, 2021
Ornamental cabbage or kale may not be edible, but they are great for filling up cool season containers. Look for them in local nurseries in the fall for the best selection. They can be used in containers or planted in groupings in your landscape beds. They are attractive planted with pansies or other cool season plants. Provide a slow release fertilizer when planting and keep the soil moist. Cover them if there is a threat of an extended freeze. If you leave them until it starts to warm in the spring, the plants will bolt and produce clusters of yellow flowers. Pull them out when it gets too hot - usually by the end of May.
Plant of the Month: November 2020 - Mexican Bush Sage
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Mexican Bush sage is a late blooming perennial that has deep purple flowers. It is native to Central America and Mexico. It grows to about 2-
3 feet tall and wide. Some varieties are plain purple and others have a white corolla and a longer-lasting funnel-form purple calyces. Flowers
appear in dense, arching, terminal spikes up to 10-inches long that extend above the foliage. Butterflies and hummingbirds will feed on
the nectar. Linear, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves grow in pairs on square stems. Foliage has a velvet-like texture, hence the sometimesused
common name of velvet sage for this species.