Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) is native to Europe. It was often found growing in the fields of crops, hence the name. It is endangered in its’ natural habitat, but is planted and enjoyed by many American gardeners.
Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) is native to much of the United States, including Texas. This lovely heralds spring in my garden. I love the soft pink blossoms that blend so well with other flowers.
Gulf Coast Penstemon (Penstemon tenuis) is a welcome addition to my garden. The small lavender-pink blooms are so sweet. When it has finished blooming I sow the seeds for next spring. I find Gulf Coast Pentemon to reseed fairly well.
|Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is native to Central America and Mexico. I love the texture of its’ grey foliage. In my garden, it tends to bloom spring and fall, with the best show in the fall.|
Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) is a favorite of mine. It is easily started from seed and looks great in flower arrangements. I think the colors of its’ petals bend well with my red roses.
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) is a real trooper. It lived through last year’s drought with no damage. I feel it is a must have for anyone in Texas that is interested in growing natives.
Texas Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) to me it just screams Texas. I have a few plants that are just beginning to open up. Another of my favorites!
Wine Cup (Callirhoe involuctata) is one of those wildflowers that I can remember making little flower arrangements with as a kid. You know the kind I mean, the ones you pick and then hand to your mom with a big smile. Just love it!
Mexican Hat (Ratibada columnaris) I am enjoying the large clusters I have of this wildflower this year. So beautiful! This is another plant the starts easily from seed.
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) is a favorite of hummingbirds. It blooms spring until first frost. I usually spread the seeds throughout the growing season to insure more plants the next year.
|Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is last, but surely not least. It is the state flower of Texas and adored by many a Texan.|