The Earth-Kind® WaterWise Demonstration Garden is pleased to jump in on the July Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Garden Blogs all across America participate monthly, giving us a record of what’s blooming all through the year to study when planning our Dallas-Ft. Worth gardens.
In 2011, we suffered through record breaking heat, but in 2012 our gardens are blooming again despite our normal highs of 103 degrees and only pop-up showers. With Dallas heat and clay, we use careful soil preparation. We add compost and expanded shale, water with drip irrigation, and mulch heavily. (For a more detailed information, read the Texas A&M AgriLife link.)
Our garden is filled with carefully chosen perennials that thrive in Dallas-Fort Worth. Zexmenia, Knock-out roses, Mexican Petunias, several Sages, bloom all through the summer in our crushing heat and humidity.
Most of the plants can be found easily in Dallas garden stores. Fall is the best time for planting to give plants a good start through our mild fall and winter seasons although sometimes a wide variety of perennials is not available until early spring. Print this list and keep checking with your favorite nursery.
1. Stick Verbena, Verbena bonariensis
2. Knock- Out Rose, Rosa ‘Radrazz’ sp.
3. Abelia, /Abelia x grandiflora ‘Francis Mason’
4. Transylvania Sage, Salvia transsilvanica
5. Hummingbird Bush, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
6. Periwinkle-Cora Vinca Series, Catharanthus roseus
7. Trailing Lantana, Lantana montevidensis
8. Orange Cosmos, Cosmos sulphureus
9. Pink Turk’s Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummonii ‘Pam’s Pink Puryear‘
10. Mexican Petunia-Pink, Ruellia britonia
11. Phlox, Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’
12. Mexican Petunia-Lavendar, Ruellia brittonia
13. Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora
14. Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica
15. Jewels of Opar, Talinum paniculatum
16. Autumn Sage , Salvia gregii ‘Navajo Rose’
17. Mealy Cup Sage, Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’
17. Zexmenia, Wedelia texana
18. Butterfly Rose, Rosa chinensis ‘Mutablis’
19. Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis
20. Rock Rose, Pavonia lasiopetala
21. Black and Blue Salvia, Salvia guaranitica ‘Sapphire Blue’