Here in Austin, Texas, May is quite pleasant and we’ve enjoyed some rain. Yipppy! Even better, our lakes have received some of that rain. Double yippy! We’re still in drought and the lakes are low, but at least we’ve had some relief. Central Texas wildflowers continue their seasonal segue into summer bloom. Thanks to Gail at clay and limestone for hosting Wildflower Wednesday to encourage and celebrate gardeners utilizing regional wildflowers in their home gardens.
My Yarrow, Achilliea millefolium, is especially beautiful this year.
Yarrow is an excellent perennial for Central Texas. It sports pretty white flowers which will fade to an attractive tawny brown as summer progresses.
Pigeonberry, Rivina humilis, is a small, delicate looking ground cover with sweet flower spikes at the top of the stems.
Luscious red berries will develop after the blooms fade and those berries are favorites with many birds, including their namesake pigeons.
The combination of pink Hill Country Penstemon, Penstemon triflorus, sunny Engelmann’s (or Cutleaf) Daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, and deep blue ‘Henry Duelburg’ Sage, Salvia farinacea, continues its happy riot of color this spring.
Heartleaf Skullcap, Scutellaria ovata ssp. bracteata,
is a gorgeous, cool season ground cover. It spreads prolifically, but is easily controlled by pulling up individual plants as needed. With beautiful blue blooms and soft, grey-green leaves,
it fills in the late spring/early summer garden. By mid-to-late July, Heartleaf Skullcap will be dormant, reappearing with cooler fall temperatures.
And always in my gardens: Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea.
I don’t think a garden is complete without some variety of this endemic American perennial.
Planted with Engelmann’s Daisy,
or Heartleaf Skullcap,
or Zexmenia, it is a perfect companion plant in full-to-part sun conditions.
It’s a favorite flower for pollinators.
Purple Coneflower is the bomb.
The xeric Zexmenia, Wedelia texana, begins its long bloom cycle in May.
It’s another wildflower that pollinators prefer.
Even without a dinner companion, Zexmenia are lovely and tough perennials.
Planting native plants and wildflowers is the easiest and a beautiful way to a fabulous, regionally appropriate perennial garden. Rip out your grass, plant native wildflowers and perennials and celebrate your sense of place in our world.
Happy Wildflower Wednesday!