I like to model the beauty of native plants where ever possible, and would like to have some in my office. Are there any Central TX natives that will survive in an office environment? I do have a big window that it can sit by.
Yes, there are native plants that will grow in containers and Mr. Smarty Plants would like to guide you to a title, "Container Gardening with Texas Native Plants", in our "How to Articles" that gives you lots of tips on how to proceed with your project. This article assumes your containers are going to be outdoors, but you can also grow native plants indoors. Container gardening indoors, however, has some challenges that outdoor container gardening doesn't necessarily have. First of all, how much sun will be available for the plants? Even though you have a large window I imagine that there will be only a few hours of sun available every day; therefore, you will need to pick plants that grow in shade or part shade. Secondly, you are probably going to want to use mostly evergreen plants. Otherwise, your plants may look pretty good for spring, summer, and early fall and then not so good during the winter. You can supplement the evergreens with annual or deciduous perennials for accents. Thirdly, the size of your space will determine the size of the plants you can use. Whatever the maximum projected size of any plant you pick, however, you can start with a small specimen inside and move it outside when it grows too large.
The following plants are Texas natives that will grow in shade or part shade and should be available in local nurseries.
The following native ferns are excellent smaller evergreens.
The following are shrubs or small trees that are evergreen. You can begin with small specimens and then move them outdoors when they grow too large. Most of these listed, however, are relatively slow-growing.
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