I recently bought a house in a new subdivision just south of Houston -
as with most new developments, the area is devoid of nature for the
most part... I have planted many bird/butterfly/bee friendly plants
in the backyard and instead of having a traditional lawn, I would like
to create a meadow. I have been looking at the Wildflower Center's
selection of native seeds, but I'm not sure where to start. Can you
help me choose some native grasses and wildflowers that might do well
in the wet clay soil? I am a big fan of insects and birds and want to
make my yard into a refuge for them. Thank you for your help!
First of all, let me recommend our article, Wildflower Meadow Gardening, in our "How to Articles". It gives you information about setting up and managing a wildflower meadow.
Here are a few recommendations for grasses and wildflowers that should do well in the Houston area:
Check with Native American Seed in Junction. They have many wildflower mixes and their Native Trail Mix has a combination of wildflowers and native grasses that should do well in the Houston area. They also have tips about planting wildflower and grass seeds.
Hybrid of Campsis radicans to attract hummingbirds February 06, 2008 - Hello :)
I am not new to gardening...just new with new varieties of plants/flowers. I tried to do my "homework" first before contacting you...so I do appreciate your time.
Anyhoo, I'm developin... view the full question and answer
Plants for a mixed hedgerow for privacy and for the birds May 07, 2010 - What are the best native plants for a mixed hedgerow in a small backyard? I want privacy (heights 5'-10') and bird friendly.
Thank you for your information.
view the full question and answer
Importance of native plants for wildlife. March 04, 2008 - I just read Donald Tellamy's new book,Bringing Nature Home. He documents how native plants provide more nourishment for wildlife than introduced plants. The definition of native plants that I use is ... view the full question and answer
Appropriate riverbed and quail habitat plantings for southwest OK September 27, 2009 - Mr Smarty Pants, I have an area in extreme SW Oklahoma along the Red River. What native plants could I plant that are both appropriate for the sandy/saline soils in the vegetative area of the river b... view the full question and answer
Bee-friendly perennials for Texas March 19, 2011 - What plants native to east-central TX (College Station, 77840) will attract honeybees?
I have a small "yard" behind my condo. I'd like to plant flowering perennials that will support local bee ... view the full question and answer