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July Blooms

Cut Flower Exhibit of Dallas July Blooms

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’

Ann

Avoiding Picky Plants

WHY PICKY PLANTS ARE LIKE MY CAT

My refrigerator is filled with open cans of cat food, one spoonful taken out, each encased neatly in a sandwich bag.  Offerings to a sick—now well—cat.  Each refused.

Black and White Cat

Adopted kittens should come with a warning label: once you offer the smelly, canned stuff, they’ll starve themselves before eating dry kibble.  Charlie was perfectly chipper, although on the skinny side, before her yearly checkup and shots.  Then, two days later, the dish with dry kibble was untouched. 

A flurry of vet visits, calls, pokes, and blood tests, always with a flashing credit card, ensued.  She still wouldn’t touch the dry kibble, but thought she might be able to bring herself to tuck into the $2.50 a can vet variety of Good Stuff.

She started again to eat and over a matter of days felt Much Better. 

Then this morning with reasons known only to cats, the $2.50 Good Stuff didn’t look appetizing anymore.  Only the cat food from the pet store would do–which we were out of.

But this is it.  My final trip to the Pet Store for canned cat food.  You black-and-white-adorable-shorthaired-domestic-tuxedo cat have got to again embrace Kibble. Food in a bowl, dump it in in the morning and have at it.

Which brings me to Picky Plants.  I simply must stop this swooning at the plant nursery.  Take me home, whispers a maidenhair fern.  All I require is perfect soil and constant moisture.

Some very organized people have—and actually keep notes in—a garden journal.  Mine would be filled with Did I Really Fall for That Again? plants.

Since working at the Earth-Kind®/WaterWise Demonstration Garden, my plant choices have gotten more savvy.

Need a splash of blue in my landscape? Look to Henry Duelberg or Indigo Spires Sage found in the Wildlife Habitat Garden. 

Salvia Blue Spires Blooming at the Demonstration Garden

Or lovely roses that bloom profusely and rarely get blackspot? Belinda’s Dream, Maggie, Perle d’Or, or La Marne fill the Rose Trellis Garden.

Earth Kind Rose Maggie Blooming in a Dallas Garden

Or a fun little fern that will love the dry shade under my huge red oak?

Wavy cloak fern is thriving in the Shade Garden.

The Demonstration Garden is a wonderful source of plant ideas. It’s filled with more than 70 trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and roses perfect for low-water yards in North Central Texas.  Come visit us!

Elizabeth

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