My Little Texas Garden

Posted: April 28, 2009 in Little Texas Garden, nature, texas
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Common Name: MINT – CHOCOLATE
Scientific Name: Mentha spicata var. piperita
Description: Perennial Groundcover
Partial shade/full sun
Ideal container plant
Culinary Uses:
*Taste like peppermint crisp
*Use in chocolate cake, chocolate icing
*Deserts, chocolate mousse, chocolate drinks, ice cream
*Tea, ice-tea, fruit juiceParts Used:
LeavesMedicinal Uses:
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic, anti-flatulent, stimulant
Indigestion, stomach upset, heartburn, cleanse liver, promotes bile flow, gargle and mouthwash – gum infections, tea – eye wash – remove dust and grit
Chew a sprig – sweeten breath


Aztec™ Verbena Vegetative
Scientific Name: Verbena x hybrida
Common Name: Verbena
Hardiness Degree: 32°F (0.0°C)
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Plant Habit: Mound, Trailing
Characteristics: Attract Bees, Attracts Butterfly, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Hummingbird, Heat Tolerant, Low Maintenance
Water: Light
Fertilize: Once a week
Spacing: 12-16″ (30.5-40.6cm)
Height: 8-10″ (20.3-25.4cm)
Width: 12-18″ (30.5-45.7cm)
Exposure: Sun
General Information: Bright and colorful, these trailing Aztec verbena thrive in heat and sun. Their attractive foliage will stay lush and healthy all summer.
Idea & Tips: Avoid overhead watering.


Salvia greggii – Wild Thing (MY PERSONAL FAVORITE – right most plant pictured. Mine has not started full bloom yet)

Salvia greggii is a popular, usually evergreen sub-shrub growing natively in rocky soils in Central, West and South Texas, and Mexico. It has small, dull pale green, glandular, aromatic leaves. The normally red-flowered species also has white and pink forms and many named cultivars with slightly larger or smaller, rounder or more elongate leaves. There are also numerous named hybrids with Salvia microphylla and other species, which are often referred to as “Salvia greggii types”. It is valued for its adaptability to garden soils, its very long blooming season and as a magnet for hummingbirds. Salvia greggii is usually not winter hardy in Wichita Falls and the High Plains of Texas. In a garden setting, prune back to 4 inches in late winter and again by one half in August to maintain a tidy shape, or allow to grow and spread or sprawl for a more natural appearance, with occasional pruning of old wood.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Exposure: sunpartial sun
Flower Color: red and many others
Blooming Period: spring, summer, fall
Fruit Characteristics: nutlets
Height: 3 feet
Width: 3 feet
Plant Character: semievergreen
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements:
Soil Requirements: alkalineadaptable


‘Morden’s Gleam’ is a seedless, non-invasive Loosestrife (Lythrum virgatum). It grows to 3 feet tall and in July and August bears beautiful tall spikes of pinkish-purple flowers prized for the beauty of their reflection on water. Its cousin, Purple Loosestrife, is banned in many states, including Missouri, because a single plant produces as many as 2 million seeds, making it highly invasive and destructive in wetlands. This variety is said to be okay but when in contact with wild loosestrife it is said to propogate… I don’t know? Thoughts? Rip it out now before it becomes a noxious threat to all those decent and holy?

My holly bush is dying from a scale infestation… I don’t want to buy chemicals that will contaminate the soil, so I think I am going to rip it out and buy some more Salvia. As long as they don’t ban my favorite plant because some punk kids are apparently smoking it these days.
Oh, and we collected those rocks from the lake the last time we went to my Aunt Pam’s house! Maybe I’ll plant some Grace Ward (see below) around them.
My cute little frog statue and some Dwarf Coreopsis that the rolly pollies have munched.

I plan on doing a picture diary of the growth of these thyme seeds… Day 5.
Misti I gave your seeds to my Aunts as a present, they loved it! And I love your new banner/labels!

Pink Cloud Beauty Bush: Kolkwitzia amabilis
Mature Height: 8 to 10 feet
Mature Spread: 6 to 8 feet
Soil Type: Well drained
Moisture: Widely adaptable
Mature Form: Arching
Growth Rate: Medium
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Flower Color: Pink
Fall Color: Red/Orange
Foliage Color Green
Zones 4-8
I love these bushes! We have them just to the right of our front door… they have the cutest pink bell shaped flowers that attract all sorts of fun things to watch. IE: honeybees, hummingbirds.

Mandevilla – Cultivar: Ruby Star
Family: Apocynaceae
Height: 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Plant Category: climbers
Foliage Characteristics: medium leaves
Foliage Color: dark green, green
Flower Characteristics: large showy
Flower Color: pinks, reds, whites,
Bloomtime Range: Late Spring to Early Fall
USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11 (Meaning this baby is going to die come November. Fort Worth is zone 7b-8a) Maybe I’ll try Bougainvillea next year instead. Or some Coral Honeysuckle.
http://www.ersys.com/usa/48/4827000/usda.htm
Light Range: Part Shade to Sun
pH Range: 5.5 to 6.5
Soil Range: Some Sand to Clay Loam
Water Range: Normal to Moist

Dianthus… these are great… you would have to be REALLY mean to them to kill ’em!
Lithodora – Grace Ward
Family:
Boraginaceae
Height: 0.17 ft. to 0.25 ft.Width: 1.5 ft. to 2 ft. (LOW GROWING)
Plant Category: ground covers, shrubs
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance
Foliage Characteristics: small leaves, evergreen,
Foliage Color: dark green
Tolerances: deer, drought, pollution, slope
Bloomtime Range: Late Spring to Early Summer
USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 8
Light Range: Sun to Full Sun
Soil Range: Mostly Sand to Clay Loam
Water Range: Dry to Normal
This is one of the finest rock garden plants, I am in love, and on my way to buy more! It prefers a sunny location. Deep blue, small, funnel-shaped flowers renew themselves all summer long. Evergreen leaves are narrow, up to an inch long. Both stems and foliage are hairy. Performs best in loose, well-drained, acidic soil with ample summer water.
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