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Perennials in Dallas Landscape Design 

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Cotoneaster Glaucophyllus

Cotoneaster Glaucophyllus Cotoneaster - Gray spikey shrub for Texas and thyme with its tiny blue blooms in front. Cotoneaster glaucophylus In a [...]

June Perennials for Texas

June Blooming Texas Perennials Purple Cone Flower and Salvia Greggii both June blooming perennials in Texas. June blooming perennials Sedums [...]

Grandmother’s Garden

Grandmother's Garden Building a garden from native plants makes good water sense.  Look to your grandmother's gardens!  This grouping of 'native' Texas plants comes from [...]

Chitalpa Tree: Morning Cloud

 Chitalpa Tree Pink Dawn Chitalpa Tree, blooms in the summer. Is a cross between the native Texas tree Desert Willow ant the Catalpa. [...]

DMA – Sculpture Garden – I wish I were here today.

Dallas Museum Art Sculpture Garden The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center have wonderful gardens.  The DMA is always free. The DMA [...]

How to Start a Gardening Blog

How to Start a Gardening Blog Start your own gardening blog.   The problem with gardening and blogging is that if you are a serious [...]

Lee Harvey Oswald Last Steps

From the Book Depository to the Texas Theater Lee Harvey Oswald Last Steps Texas Book Depository [...]

Features and Concept Gardens

Red Long Stem Floribunda

Veterans Honor Veterans Honor is a grandiflora that blooms prolifically with large five inch blooms and a 25-30 petal count. Stem is 18"-22" and [...]

Touch of Class Hybrid Tea

Touch of Class Hybrid Tea Rated by the American Rose Society as the finest hybrid tea rose in the world.  The blend pink, orange and [...]

Welcoming Doors in Dallas Landscape Design

Welcoming Doors and Drive / Dallas Landscape Design Ready for summer with a classic combination of Geraniums, red and orange, and gray Dusty Miller with [...]

Garden Gates and Welcoming Doors

Garden Gates and Welcoming Doors Build the entrance high and proud, Darkening and eke brightening, Of a riven thunder-cloud Veinëd with the lightning. Use one [...]

Dallas Landscaping April Bloomers

Dallas Landscaping What's Blooming in April!    

Dallas Landscaping May Bloomers

Dallas Landscaping and Design:  What's Blooming in May!

Ferns in Texas

Ferns are Happy in Texas!! Ferns are perennials and provide incredible texture and contrasting color to a garden.  Ferns are found in all parts of [...]

Lady Bugs in Texas Gardening

Dallas Landscaping and Design: Gardening with Ladybugs Lady bugs eat aphids and other garden pests. Release your Lady Bugs into your garden at night [...]

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maples in Texas Japanese Maple is the understory tree of choice in Texas now. They are slightly easier than dogwoods to initiate into the [...]

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maples in Texas Japanese Maple is the understory tree of choice in Texas now. They are slightly easier than dogwoods to initiate into the [...]


Best Texas Shrubs

Cotoneaster Glaucophyllus

Cotoneaster Glaucophyllus Cotoneaster - Gray spikey shrub for Texas and thyme with its tiny blue blooms in front. Cotoneaster glaucophylus In a [...]

June Perennials for Texas

June Blooming Texas Perennials Purple Cone Flower and Salvia Greggii both June blooming perennials in Texas. June blooming perennials Sedums [...]

Loropetalum Purple Flowering Shrub

Loropetalum and Barberry Loropetalum Burgundy Flowering Shrub Hardy and a relatively new shrub, Loropetalum has burgundy leaves with deep rose colored tubular flowers.  It is [...]

Spring Lettuce in Texas

Spring and Fall Lettuces in Texas Spring and Autumn Lettuces in the Texas Garden There really are no differences between spring and fall [...]

Sweet Fragrance Texas Shrub Rose

I know the image is blurry and will get better image but for now:           I can spend the summer adding [...]

Honey Perfume

Honey Perfume is a small floribunda which grows to about four feet high in Texas with a spicy scent.




What’s Working in Dallas

Top Five Texas Miniature Roses

Texas Top Miniature Roses The term miniature refers to the size of the flower not the size of the shrub.  Gardeners are often surprised by [...]

Dick Clark Grandiflora Rose

Dick Clark Grandiflora 2011 Portland Rose Winner With this Grandiflora no two flowers are alike. Black-red buds open in spirals with swirls and dots of [...]

Beauty Secret AARS 1999 Miniature Rose

Drought Tolerant Landscape Design in Texas

Water Restrictions!  Water Bills!  Forgot to Water!  Irrigation System Broken! Forget all that.  Go drought tolerant.  Here are some ideas. Drought resistant landscape design [...]

DMA – Sculpture Garden – I wish I were here today.

Dallas Museum Art Sculpture Garden The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center have wonderful gardens.  The DMA is always free. The DMA [...]

Raised Bed Gardening in Texas

Raised Bed Gardening in Texas Raised Gardening Beds in Texas Landscape Design Concrete blocks will raise the PH in your garden soil so [...]

Landscaping Design with Crape Myrtles

Landscaping Design with Crape Myrtles This Dallas Red crape myrtle creates stunning welcome.  And here is my same old question: wouldn't a loropetalum or [...]

Twilight Garden Walk

Shaded Perennial Garden Dallas is and always has been a gardening town though it is not always easy to garden here.  You must fight drought [...]

Hedges – Little Gem Magnolia

Magnolia Popular Hedge Row Tree Little Gem Southern Magnolia is the most popular hedge in Dallas now.  It grows to 30 feet in height with [...]

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