There’s nothing like a south Texas Fall. After the rain last week, the flowers and plants are smiling, and so are the gardeners. We had such a hot summer that many of the local plants and trees have died. I had an education on plants that made it through the heat with very little water. Many of the plants may be at Bindsiel Park, City Hall and the Byars Building; all colors of lantana, ruellea, or Mexican petunia, pink and purple, salvia greggi, all yuccas, nandina, senisa sage, Mexican organo, indigo spires, lucantha, Russian sage, primrose jasmine, iris, four o’ clocks, durante, blue plumbago, Turks cap, and many lilies. There are many others, but this will give a start. There are many more to be considered. I’ll add to the list as I have space. Visit nurseries to check your favorites. Check with the Blanco County extension agent in Johnson City. They usually have lists of native plants.
Have you noticed the red flowers blooming at City Hall and in several yards in Blanco? The common name is September surprise. It is a very old flower that is usually passed from one friend to another, but they may be purchased in specialty catalogs or some nurseries. The botanical name is Lycoris Radiata (red spider lily). There are nearly a dozen different species. They need full sun and good drainage. Foliage follows after the blooms have died. They only bloom a short time. It is better to have them planted among other shrubs or grasses. Leaves appear after the flower has withered. The stalk will still be visible for a short time, but leave it to help store energy for the next year.
Choose your Spring bulbs now, while you have a good choice. Some of the bulbs need to be refrigerated, some don’t. For instance, tulips should be kept cool, but not daffodils.