Here is an interesting article in the Star Telegram regarding how the hot summer has people rethinking their landscape ideas.
We have been using a lot of native plants which are not as affected by extreme temperatures as other plants.
“But gardeners have optimistic attitudes; we’re selling a lot of color right now. Most people don’t give up on their yard. They keep planting,” he said.
Many people do want to plant some color in their yard and have been calling us to help them select hardier choices.
“Texas isn’t an easy place to garden. I don’t think we want gravel landscapes. We just need to be selective and look for things that give you better chances to do well,” Welch said.
I totally agree with this statement and there is a place for gravel landscapes but its definetly not something for everyone.
The co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South, published in April, Welch suggests a tour of historic neighborhoods to check out old reliables like antique roses, altheas, crape myrtles and winter honeysuckle that have withstood the test of time.
Touring around to see what has florished in the heat, is a good way to determine what to continue planting in the future.
We recently planted “Esperanza” at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, which has done so well that it was noticed by the Fort Worth Garden Club.
Rethinking your garden doesn’t just involve planting native plants, but it also requires more hardscape, architectural elements, blooming schrubs and ornamental trees in addition to color plantings.