If the thought of leaving your colorful containers bare during cool weather gives you the chills, take heart.
In Texas, many plants fare well when overwintered in pots, provided they are given a bit of protection in frigid temperatures.
The trick to container gardening in cold weather is selecting plants with attractive foliage in addition to cool season flowers. For example, dwarf forms of yaupon, nandina, juniper, holly, rosemary, germander, red yucca and boxwood make fantastic container plants.… Read the rest
Plant bulbs now for showy spring
In the Lone Star State, durable plants abound.
Many are bulbous, such as iris, daylily, cannas, daffodil and grape hyacinth. Fall is the best season to plant many common bulbs. To best enjoy these tough beauties, learn a few bulb basics, such as:
Technically, bulbs are underground structures that contain the nutrients that plants need to sprout and flower.… Read the rest
Roses have basic needs – water, sunshine, nutrients, well-drained soil and a bit of tending to help them maintain an attractive form.
Although heavy pruning is generally left for late winter or early spring, roses benefit from light trimming in fall, especially if they are overgrown. Roses that sport long, heavy or crossing canes may not fare well in winter winds, sleet or snow.… Read the rest