Rock Rose, Pavonia lasiopetala
This week is Native Plant Week. Check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center site and bookmark on your computer the NPIN: Native Plant Database. You can type in any native plant in North America (common name or botanical name) and you’ll be taken to a page with photos and information about that plant. It’s a valuable resource for any gardener interested in Texas native plants or native plants anywhere in North America. If you live in or near Austin–visit the gardens! Join and become a member. If you travel to Austin from elsewhere and you have even minimal interest in gardening, the Wildflower Center is a must see.
Blackeyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima
October is also “Support Your Independent Nursery” month. Check out my list of great local nurseries on the Garden reference page and then follow the links below to these excellent blogs for more information about a nursery prize contest. And then, purchase and plant some natives for your garden!