Best Flowers to Plant in Texas

The best flowers to plant in Texas are often a combination of annuals and perennials even in containers.
 Thyme perennial. Container Garden in Dallas Landscape Design. "Rule of Three."
Container Garden in Dallas Landscape Design. Thyme perennial is placed amongst Pentas for summer color.  The thyme will come back every year (hopefully).  That’s a Japanese Yew planted on the left.  It will become over 20 feet tall in Texas and four feet wide. Read more about Japanese Yew here …

Container Garden in Dallas Landscape Design. "Rule of Three."

Container Garden in Dallas Landscape Design. “Rule of Three.”  Coleus, begonias and what looks like marigolds.  The marigolds are draping down!  Pick off the coleus blooms to keep the coleus creating leaves (rather than blooms!)  Rule of Three means a plant with height, a medium rounded plant and a draping plant.

  Container Gardening Texas Dallas Begonias with two draping plants:  string of pearls and creeping Jenny. Creeping Jenny is a perennial often used in bird baths.

This is a lovely spring container presentation that absolutely needs a lot of water retaining crystals with the shallow bowl.  The petunias and geraniums will stop blooming at the end of June so good to put in some small Pentas or other flower in early June that will be ready to go on the Fourth of July.  You can cut the petunias way back and they will return in the autumn with cooler nights.

 The “Rule of Three” at work here with a tall plant, medium size with begonias and a draping plant!

Best flowers for Texas in landscape design.

Best annuals for Texas in landscape design.

Container gardening includes the “Rule of Three.” For container gardening consider a tall plant, a drooping lengthening plant that drapes down and a middle sized plant. You will see that ‘rule’ in many of the containers below. Also you will see many containers include perennials, which can make your life just a bit easier (until the perennials need to be divided).
Placing water retaining pellets in your planter is crucial for success.

Top flowers for container gardening in Dallas landscaping.

Top flowers for container gardening in Dallas landscaping.


Geraniums Good Flower for Spring (Not so Good for Summer)

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Rule of Three container gardening with two perennials! Artillery ferns and miniature ivy make a nice returning quality with annuals bringing in the color! A good update to the fern urn.  Pentas would work well to bloom after the geraniums stop in July.
Geraniums are a good flower for spring and are often considered to be one of the best flowers to plant in Texas and that’s true until the Fourth of July!  Their bloom time diminishes in strong Texas heat.  Yellow lantana can fill that void plus lantana often acts as a perennial in Texas.  Pentas are a good choice as well.
 Sweet potato vine in lime green and purple.  The chartreuse of lime green vine is known as Ipomea Sweet Potato Margarita while the purple is known as  Blackie, ‘Ipomoea batatas’.  Blackie grows much slower and the chartreuse vine will take over!  So be aggressive in cutting the chartreuse vine back.
Tapioca, a Texas Superstar with Lantana
This container includes a combination off many of the best flowers to plant in Texas.  Variegated Tapioca is a new Texas Superstar(TM) and while it is not a perennial in North Texas, it is a perennial in south Texas.  The green sweet potato vine is sooo much more prolific than the purple I am not sure why people plant it.  Ultimately, it will overtake everything else and you will have to cut it back.  Also the varigated Tapioca will get very tall and you may want to cut it back as well.

Variegated Tapioca

Variegated Tapioca in container gardening gets a little large as the summer progresses.  This is a Texas A&M Superstar (TM) and a perennial in South Texas but not in the Dallas area.

Popular Fountain Urns

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Blue fountain urns are incredibly popular in Texas now.

This pocket patio has a good smattering of begonias.  Begonias are universally viewed as one of the best flowers to plant in Texas; they will bloom in both spring and summer and keep on blooming into the autumn.  With a mild winter like we just had, many Begonias will die back they will come back as a perennial.

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Blue fountain urns are incredibly popular in Texas now.

Blue Urn Fountains in Dallas Landscape Design

Blue Urn Fountains in Dallas Landscape Design



Rule of Three

The “Rule of Three” includes a plant that reaches upward, a middle height plant and a draping choice.
This hanging basket adheres to the rule of three with draping Sweet Potato vine, geraniums and Mandevilla vines which are annuals in North Texas that will climb up the hanging basket support.
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 Blue containers are very popular in Dallas.  This includes the very popular soft leaved Yuccas known as “recurvafolia” in a dark purple shade, dropping and draping is looks like Kintzley’s Ghost Honeysuckle (Lonicera reticulata x Lonicera prolifera), a begonia and the lime colored plant … just not sure.

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The beautiful Japanese Maples are clearly lace leafed in an orange / brown tone.  I am not sure which this is other than to say, lace leaf with spring orange / brown tones.  Sorry, the best I can do.  The variegated ivy is a lovely addition to the traditional ‘fern urns.’
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Variegated ivy with soft colored geraniums are one of the best flowering combination for May and June in Texas.    The geraniums will need to be replaced for color after the Fourth of July because bloominging will cease after that time.
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Single Plant Containers

Some of the best flowers for a single container plant include impatiens.
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 Impatiens will bloom all summer no matter the heat.  That is why many gardeners believe Impatiens are the best flower for Texas.  They do need a bit of shade.  Impatiens are a good blooming flower for spring, summer and autumn!
Squash leaves surround a painted clay flower pot. Squash leaves surround a painted clay flower pot.

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 Forgot the name!  This is an annual but isn’t it beautiful.  The more sun it gets (not too much, dappled please) the darker the leaves.
 
Mealy blue sage contrasts the Impatiens in the container.
 
A fern urn filled with pansies in a rose garden.
 
Geraniums are great spring flowers for Texas, one of the best but after the Fourth of July they stop blooming.  So consider putting a longer blooming plant in with your geraniums.


 Shrubs and Perennials in Container Gardening

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Spreading Yew in Container with ivy. Container gardening that will return year after year! No work until you need to divide the plants or they overtake your container.  Again you see ivy.  Ivy is a popular plant for container gardening that comes back year after year.
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Persian shield in the black urn nice contrast.
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 Pentas are a good choice and would work well to take over blooming time when geraniums play out.  Pentas are one of the best flowers for Texas!

 Drip Irrigation for Container Gardening

 Drip irrigation helps tremendously.  Add in water retaining crystals or pellets, put in drip irrigation with a timer and life will be much simpler, even if you are on vacation!

 Fern Urns

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These giant blue urns filled with holly ferns give new meaning to the term, “Fern Urn.”
Fern Urn
 Classic fern urns on pedastals.  That’s variegated pittosporum in front.  I love pittosporum in the dwarf sizes.
Emerald Queen - Australian Sword Fern - Classic Urn Fern Combination
 Australian sword fern with sweet potato vine.

Fern Urns


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 Ferns and sweet potato vines (again) with watering leaders that you can see.  Crucial and smart!

Flower Pot Groupings

Romantic grouping of annual container plants.
 Romantic grouping of all the best flowers for Texas.

Yucca and Agave in Container Plants

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 Yuccas and agaves come back year after year and are a good choice for containers in Texas.  For these shallow containers to support these large variegated yuccas either they are open at the bottom or there is lots of feeding, watering and water pelleting going on!
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Soft leaf yuccas are incredibly popular.  You can see the Rule of Three at work here and this will become a lovely grouping.
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 That’s thyme on the left and Yuccas in the container.  Striking, perennial and beautiful
 
 Classic agave in an urn.  There are over 150 varieties of yuccas.

 Shrubs in Containers

Purple Shamrock

Container Gardening with Ivy and Shrubs

Container Gardening with Ivy and Shrubs

Lambs Ear Containter Gardening
 This is lambs ear, a perennial that works nicely in this blue container.

 Best Flowers for Texas

Purple Shamrock mixed with annuals while they become established.

Best flowers for Texas.

Best flowers for Texas.

Best flowers for Texas.

Best flowers for Texas.

Best flowers for Texas.

Flowering Pot and Annual Ideas for Plano Landscaping

Pintas with Coleus on of the best flower combination for Texas.

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Top Ten Flower Pot Ideas Lee Ann Torrans

Top Ten Flower Pot Ideas Lee Ann Torrans