Native Plants Category Archive
Befuddling Fruits - Drupes, achenes, nuts and follicles — what the heck’s the difference? Open Swim - Endangered species of the Comal get a habitat makeover In the Flesh - Meet eight people who've made a lifelong commitment to native plants Living Proof - Trees on university campuses across Texas offer oases for people and wildlife Public Enemy - Get to know cedar (Ashe juniper) as more than something to loathe The Dispossessed - For ocelots in Texas, native shrubland is the stuff dreams are made of A Vast Domain - A sacred butterfly connects land and people across a border Plant Priority - Parklets provide unexpected space for native plants in cities The Frost Below - With nicknames inspired by the comestible to the architectural, one thing is sure: Frostweed fascinates Just the Thicket - Suckering shrubs may be the best garden friend you didn't know you had Deep Sweep - Native plants still play an important part in American broom making Texas’ Flagship Flora - Join us in celebrating the plants that spell T-E-X-A-S in stems, blooms, fruit, paddles and spines! Making the Shade - Vines add romance to a garden and are practical workhorses too. Fried and Joy - Don't let botanical browns get you down; there's a lot to celebrate in the late-summer garden. Some Like It Hot - Desert plants find ingenious ways to adapt to their harsh environment. Having A Ball - William Niendorff sees a big future for ball moss. Versatile Sedges - Adaptable sedges are a natural fit in sustainable landscapes. Growing Dry - Dry gardens can be surprisingly lush. Learn how. Flower Power - Silphiums are hardy plants of the prairie and gardens. On The Rocks - Could Texas Hill Country plants adorn future skyscraper roofs? Spruce It Up - Native plants make the holidays even brighter. Urban Forests - Compared to their rural siblings, urban trees live complex lives. Old Flame - Family traditions endure with fragrant, colorful phlox. Four Seasons - Create a garden that's interesting — especially in winter. Life in the City - Creating a native garden in an urban setting can be difficult, as it's often hard to find native landscapes to emulate. Grass Powered - For half a century, a prized green lawn in the United States meant fighting against nature. Medicinal Purpose - Don’t overlook the promise your plants could have for your health. Hold on to Summer - With proper care, late-blooming native perennials offer color and fragrance well into fall. When in Drought - No rain in sight? Spring won't lack blossoms with these drought-tolerant natives. Conifers Call - Three authors discuss some beloved conifers across the country and threats that stand in their way. Fronds Fare Wall - The beauty and majesty of ferns have long captured the imagination of plant lovers everywhere. Oil and Water - Oyster reefs form the foundation of many of the Gulf's productive habitats, including historic marsh and seagrass. Perfect Trees - Perhaps more than anything in the landscape, trees equal shelter, nourishment and sense of place. Natural Remedy - Echinaceas are prized for their size and showy color and make perfect landing pads for butterflies. Super Stars - Native asters bring color and life to fall gardens. Fall Gardening Tips - Spring may be wildflower season, but fall is the best time to plant native wildflowers. Agave A-go-go - The versatile Agave takes its shot beyond tequila . Violet Reaction - Whether you grow your violets in the ground or containers, be prepared for their delicate beauty to enchant you. Fresh Cut - A couple shares knowledge gained from 18 years of flower farming and the U.S. floriculture industry. Kid Gloves - Gardening creates sensory, hands-on experiences for kids. The Apple of Our Eye - Walking or hiking within the natural world allows you to see what living things are rooted there. Among the plants rooted in California are those in the genus Arctostaphylos of the Ericaceae (or Heath) family. The Berry Truth - Although many native plants produce berries that are highly sought out as a food source by birds and other wildlife, not all retain their fruit throughout the winter season, a time when food may be scarce for most species. Including plants with lingering fruit will not only add interest and structure to your winter landscape but will provide an inviting natural habitat for many winter residents. Imperiled Harbor - We are a nation of gardeners, yet only recently have Americans turned their attention toward the 20,000 species of our nation's native plants.