Contact Us Host an Event Volunteer Join

Support the plant database you love!

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
3 ratings

Tuesday - March 11, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Container Gardens
Title: Native plants for container gardens in Central Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: I moved to TX last year, for now living in an apartment with a good-size but shady deck; my garden in VA was full of VA native plants. What TX natives, if any, can I grow in containers on a shady deck? Besides prickly pear: already have babies growing from three fallen pads that I potted. Thank you.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants has some great information for you for beginning Container Gardening with Texas Native Plants and we even have a list of Native Plants for Container Gardens in Central Texas. You can Narrow Your Search in this list by growth habit, light requirement and other criteria to meet your situation.

In addtion, the Wildflower Center is having our Spring Plant Sale in April where you can find the plants shown below and many more for sale.

Here are a few plants that are Mr. SP's favorites on that list (with a couple of additions to the list) that would do well in containers on your shady deck.

Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida (Dakota mock vervain)

Melampodium leucanthum (plains blackfoot)

Phacelia congesta (blue curls)

Phlox drummondii (annual phlox)

Salvia coccinea (blood sage)

Tradescantia gigantea (giant spiderwort)

Nolina texana (Texas sacahuista)

Carex planostachys (cedar sedge)

Chasmanthium latifolium (Inland sea oats)

Equisetum hyemale (scouringrush horsetail)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (wax mallow)


Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida

Melampodium leucanthum

Phacelia congesta

Phlox drummondii

Salvia coccinea

Tradescantia gigantea

Nolina texana

Carex planostachys

Chasmanthium latifolium

Equisetum hyemale

 


 


Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
 

More Container Gardens Questions

Planting plumereia and bird of paradise palm outside in Austin
May 23, 2007 - I have a plumeria and a bird of paradise palm in pots that I want to place in the ground. I've seen plumeria's planted in the ground at a house leading to Bryan College Station that seem to have bee...
view the full question and answer

Plants for 100 gal. pot by pool from Ft. Worth TX
June 23, 2012 - What North Texas evergreen or combination of evergreen plants, bushes or trees could thrive in a huge, 100-gallon clay pot (immovable!) that is situated in full sun year round in an exposed area n...
view the full question and answer

Care of Florida Blue or Lisiantus in Houston
October 24, 2005 - I'm in Houston, Texas and I'm growing, for the first time, Florida blues, Eustoma, purple. Since I am from California I'm not familiar with this plant. It's beautiful. How do I care for them i...
view the full question and answer

Cedar sage not blooming in pots in Austin
September 14, 2012 - I have cedar sage (salvia roemeriana) in containers on a dappled-shade apartment patio in Austin, TX. This is their first season here, transplanted in May (it's now September). All the plants have be...
view the full question and answer

Flowering evergreen plant for ceramic pot
April 02, 2013 - I have a deep ceramic pot that I would like to put in a flowering evergreen plant or bush. It is on the deck facing west but with north and south exposure and afternoon sun.
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.