En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Wednesday - May 13, 2009

From: Katy, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Herbs/Forbs
Title: Native plants for border in Katy, TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I live in Katy, TX. I am looking for a native plant for front of the border edging (approx 10 inches).

ANSWER:

We assume you're looking for a perennial, low-growing plant, perhaps a blooming plant. You didn't say if you had sun (more than 6 hours of sun a day), part shade (2 to 6 hours of sun) or shade (less than 2 hours of sun). So, we will make some suggestions, and include the growing conditions they need and you can go from there. Because at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we are committed to the use, care and propagation of plants native not only to North America but to the area in which they are being grown, we will go to Recommended Species, click on East Texas, and search on "herbs" (herbaceous blooming plants) under Habit, and "perennial" under duration. You can use the same technique to find other plants that suit your purposes better.

Callirhoe involucrata (purple poppymallow) - evergreen to 12 inches tall, blooms white, pink, purple March to June, medium water use, sun or part shade

Glandularia bipinnatifida (Dakota mock vervain) - deciduous to 12 inches tall, blooms purple, violet March to October, medium water use, part shade

Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies) - semi-evergreen to 18 inches tall, blooms white, pink February to July, medium water use, sun

Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox) - evergreen, to 18 inches tall, blooms white, red, pink, purple March to May, medium water use, part shade or shade

Phlox pilosa (downy phlox) - to 18 inches tall, blooms white, pink, purple March to May, low water use, sun or part shade


Callirhoe involucrata

Glandularia bipinnatifida

Oenothera speciosa

Phlox divaricata

Phlox pilosa

 

 

 

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Landscaping for a wedding in Memphis MO
October 13, 2009 - I am pretty new at this landscaping flower thing, but I love it. We just moved out to the country in NE Missouri from Colorado (Huge difference, but love it). We have decided to have our wedding at o...
view the full question and answer

Problems with Gregg's mistflower from Fredericksburg, TX
May 19, 2013 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: Something is wilting the tops of my Gregg's mistflower, Conoclinium greggii. I cannot see bugs on the plant, so I am wondering if it's a disease. The problem is widespread to...
view the full question and answer

Difficulty with Clay Soil from Palm Bay, FL
August 22, 2012 - I had a very nice little native shady area behind my house for over 40 years, but now it has been cleared except for a 100 foot tall live oak in the center of this raised mound (50' x 80'). I've be...
view the full question and answer

Low Ground Cover for Steep, Shaded PA Site
February 17, 2014 - I am located in Downingtown, PA, right on the border between Zone 6 and 7. Please provide a recommendation of a native ground cover for the following conditions: steep slope (greater than 45%), full s...
view the full question and answer

Flowers for sunny and shady gardens in Cedar Hill TX
March 30, 2010 - Last year I spent way too much on flowers for my sunny and shady flower beds. They all died from the heat, even after constant watering. What flowers could I plant in sunny and shady flower beds that ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center