|Mountain Laurel--January 2011|
I am so excited about this post. One of the things Pat and I look for when we go shopping for plants are plants that can take a ton of rain one month and still look pretty after 3 months of no rain. That is a challenge, but not if you Grow Green. The term Pat and I have used for years is Xeriscaping or Xerogardening. Grow Green, Xeriscaping or Xerogardening refer to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It also means reducing the impact on the environment by reducing the need for fertilizer and pesticides. When this gardening technique is used, plants are so easy to care for. Usually clearing of dead material or pruning once per year is all that is needed to keep the landscape looking marvelous.
Yesterday, Pat and I traveled to Austin, Travis County, to listen to the county horticulturist talk about making gardening practical for this area. One thing she kept stressing is plant purchase. Plants touted by gardeners on cable television may or may not grow well here without a lot of extra work and intervention in the way of fertilizer, soil amendment and water to keep the plant healthy and looking great. While we were there, we picked up the best resource ever to help us continue on our quest for Growing Green. Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an earthwise guide for Central Texas is a complete resource for the types of trees, shrubs and plants to buy and plant in order to keep the garden an enjoyable place to be. Click on the title to browse the various plants that work for Central Texas.
As I thumbed through the booklet last night, I was so excited and encouraged by the number of plants we have already in our garden. Here is our list so far. As we add more, I'll update this post.
Grow Green Plants in our Garden as of January 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Grow Green--Landscaping with Native Plants
Check out the Native and Adapted Landscape Plant resource and let me know which plants you have that work well for you!