The holidays are long gone, the Christmas trees have been cut up into mulch, and the poinsettias have lost their bloom. What’s a flower lover to do without their best buds? You don’t have to wait until spring has sprung to get out into the garden. Here are six of the best botanicals to plant now in Texas.
These colorful flowers can survive a winter frost and the Texas heat, making them an excellent choice for xeriscaping. You can either plant the seeds indoors two months before the last frost, or in your garden in February. They begin to bloom in late March and keep going till early May. The buds will go dormant in the heat of the summer, but with enough water, they’ll return to their full bloom in the fall.
Contrary to their name, pansies are one of the hardiest Texas flowers around. They’re incredibly durable and can hold up in a late-season frost. They’ll bloom throughout the winter into spring. They should be planted in raised beds since they need proper drainage to bloom. Pansies don’t do well in the Texas summer heat, but they’ll provide plenty of color to hardscape designs and to any garden while waiting for other plants to bloom.
These flowers may look delicate, but they stand up well to late season frosts and heavy rain. They come in violet, white, blue, yellow and cream. The flowers may start to wither in the heat of the summer, but they tend to reseed themselves and provide great covers for spring bulbs which will be blooming before you know it.
Clear your garden of weeds now and make room for asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cilantro, and potatoes. Planting these seeds now will assure you a plentiful harvest throughout the spring and summer.
Petunias and Alyssum
Early spring blooming annuals should be planted by the end of February if you want to see those early spring blooms. You can plant Petunias from seed, but it’s much easier to start with cuttings. These flowers are sometimes tough to get started, but they’ll grow on you.
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