If you love the national parks of Texas, both inner city and in the remote countryside, you probably realize that they are quite unique to any other parks in America. This is because Texas is lucky to have a plethora of indigenous plants and shrubs that add a special beauty and uniqueness of the great parks that this fantastic state has to offer. Many people who have not been fortunate to travel to this part of America automatically assume the lone star state is a barren land full of cacti. But how wrong they are, Texas has some native plants that would illuminate any landscape garden, and here are some of the very best.
Henry Duelberg’ Salvia
The Henry Duelberg’ Salvia is a striking purple plant that would grace any formal garden. It also has the added bonus that it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to its glorious petals. So not only does the plant add a vivid and striking color to any garden it will fill the space with wonderful wildlife. Similar to other Texas plants it can endure extreme drought conditions due to its spiky flowers, and if you regularly prune the spikes back then this gorgeous plant will continue to bloom.
Although classed as an oak, this plant only grows to between twenty-five feet to thirty-five feet tall. And unlike other oaks it more resembles the glorious miniature white oak. This means that the Lacy Oak is perfect for residential gardens and can provide an area of much needed shade if you are sitting out enjoying the weather. The Lacy Oak can be found in other parts of Texas but is more commonly found in west Texas in the more hilly terrain.
‘Texas Gold’ Columbine
This rare plant can only be found in one particular place in Texas, and therefore cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. It produces flowers that resemble a buttercup shade that are surrounded by fern-like green foliage. With care you can grow this plant in gardens that have the same climate as this particular part of Texas, but the soil has to have enough moisture to allow it to flourish and survive. Leave enough room for it to grow to its maximum height, which is about three feet tall, then you can enjoy the beautiful custard blooms it produces.
‘Lord Baltimore’ Hibiscus
If you want to fill your garden with vivid bright red color, then the Lord Baltimore Hibiscus will do the job nicely. This plant is as tropical looking as you can possibly get, and it produces unbelievable ten inches wide blooms, that if you are not careful will take over your garden. Like many native plants of other countries, it can be difficult to cultivate, but once this fantastic hibiscus has taken hold then it will reward you with years of color. Often found near ponds and other water features in the wild, the plant loves moist conditions and needs constant watering especially when it is in flower.