Linda has done such a beautiful job teaching us how to bring our gardens indoors. We have several more arrangements to show you. Feast your eyes and learn about the plants that you can grow in your own backyard.
Grow It, Use It –At Raincatcher’s we are growing Mexican Beauty Berry, commonly known as black beautyberry, in a shaded part of the courtyard that receives some morning sun. It has a sprawling habit with woody, multi-stemmed branches and large, toothed, green foliage. Leaves appear in late April followed by small pinkish-white flowers in July. Late summer and into September the dark mulberry fruit on arching stems makes a dramatic statement in the garden. Wildlife, including a variety of birds, raccoons, squirrels and some rodents, enjoy it as a food source. Master gardeners at Raincatcher’s rush to get berries harvested ahead of the critters so that our jelly making can begin. After making multiple jars, we are sold out for this year.
Grow It, Use It – Daisy-like flowers blooming from August until early November are superstars in the fall garden. As other flowers are fading, asters give us their most spectacular performance. It is recommended that potted nursery specimens be planted in a loamy, well-draining soil in full sun sometime in the spring. These fast-growing perennials will be ready to put on a good fall display in their first year.
Grow It, Use It – Blue Ageratum (Mist Flower, Wild Ageratum) is a vigorous perennial bearing fluffy-looking, bluish-purple flowerheads. It grows in a large stand, reaching 2 to 3 feet. Bloom time is July – October. Sow seeds after last frost. Attracts bees. Orange zinnia is an old-fashioned annual that is easy to grow. Seed directly into the garden after the last spring frost date. Summer blooms continue into fall. Wonderful cut flower to use in garden-type arrangements.
Grow It/Use It-Firebush is a perennial semi-woody shrub that can grow about 5-10 feet tall. It’s bright red-orange tubular flowers bloom from late spring till the first frost. They attract butterflies, including zebra longwing and gulf fritillary, as well as hummingbirds. Plants grow well in a range of soils, both alkaline and acid. Firebush will grow successfully in part shade or full shade but likes full sun. This trouble-free shrub does not have insect or fungus problems and thrives without fertilizer.
Dallas County Master Gardeners love having visitors (masked and socailly distanced) at our garden. We are located on the campus of Midway Hills Christain Church, 11001 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas.
Come take in the beauty of our fall garden and learn about our carefully selected plants.