Okay, let me preface this by saying I am an outdoors kinda guy. Love hunting, fishing,sports…you know masculine stuff. But, I do like planting flowers and having them grow. I guess it is getting my hands dirty and watching a sense of accomplishment.
Here is our Dallas/Fort Worth area we have a rich dark clay soil that can stay moist if mulched and our plants do well in if planted right. And, by right I mean shade, sun, or partial sun/shade flowers planted where they belong. If you plant a shade flower to get afternoon sun you might as well put it out of it’s misery because it will be gone in a week. If you plant a sun plant in a shaded area it will never grow and eventually shrivel from too much moisture.
Let’s start with sun plants…these are my favorites. First, for flowers Marigolds and Zinnias are fantastic. You have to dead head the marigolds when the flower dries but you can put the dead head into the ground to come back next year. Same with Zinnias. Marigolds do have a bit of an odor to them though. Both of these you can buy in small six-packs fairly inexpensively from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Another plant that does well in the sun are Lantana. They tend to grow more wild and will take up space pretty quick so you don’t need but two or three to take up space. These you can cut back in the fall and leave the root to come back next year. Another flower that does well in sun is Phlox. There are a lot of varieties of these but they do well in planters and hanging baskets.
Okay, shade flowers I usually go with the tried and true Begonias. These make an excellent border, come in different colors, have a nice dark green waxy leaf and tend to stay flowering until first frost. Daisy’s and Hydrangea’s also do well but tend to be a bit more finicky. Hydrangea’s do need a lot of water and the soil has to be right and if so will get fairly large.
For Partial Sun I like bulbs. They come back every year and take up great space. Hosta’s I do in a row and they come in a variety of types so it gives you a choice of leaf types and sizes. You can also do Day lily’s,Iris’, Dahlia’s, and Canna’s. A lot of my flower beds are done in bulbs so I am not replanting every year. Now bulbs do attract grubs so if they start to be a problem I would almost bet that is the issue. Otherwise bulbs are great.
Well, that is my take on flowers in the North Texas area. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 972-396-9100. The Harden Group and RE/MAX Four Corners are here to help you with your real estate needs