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Posted by lynnmariep86 8 DFW (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 12:32

I wish that these people that send me all these wonderful catalogues would offer just stuff that does well here in Texas. For example, I got one of just tomatoes. Wouldn't it be nice if they offered collections of heat tolerant varieties that do well in Texas? I'd like to try some of the interesting stuff I see in the catalogues, but I'm overwhelmed by the amount of research I'd have to do before ordering. Can't they make it easy?

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RE: I wish you could buy...

If you want I could send you coneflower seeds. I also have hollyhocks seeds & they are either pink / white. They do very well in drought areas & don't require lots of water. I have the color Pink. Just send me your address to-

RE: I wish you could buy...

  • Posted by alameda 8 - East Texas (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 10, 13 at 14:50

After the horrible drought of 2011....I made a list of things that did well for me. You can get most any of these things at garden centers/nurseries or order and grow the seeds from Burpees, Parks, Thompson-Morgan, etc. The ARE stands for Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Tx.
Hope this helps.

periwinkles [Pacifica red is great]
angelonia � dark purple and white show up best
purselane [does well in pots] � edging in hot sun
hibiscus � in pots or planted in ground
lantana � New Gold is not as invasive
mandavilla � climbing vine, loves hot sun
Sun Coleus
profusion zinnas
gomphrena [combo: orange marigolds or profusion zinnias w/ purple gomphrena]
zinnas from seed [spray for mildew]
salvia � perennial greggii [trying purple in 2012 � put in drifts or rows]
farnica Blue
Dancing Flame [SFA sale]
esperanza Gold Bells
blue daze
Lady In Red salvia [overwintered well in pot in greenhouse in 2011-12]
Celosia cristata � cockscomb celosia � loves heat
Mexican Honeysuckle � justinicia
Mexican Cosmos � hard to find, was at ARE
Jerusalem sage � bought at ARE 3/12 � perennial
potato vine [use new bronze color with fall blooming plants]
purple fountain grass
ornamental peppers


RE: I wish you could buy...

Use the Texas Smartscapes website to find plants that do well here.

For annuals, look at the Texas Superstar plant list:

Both of these sites have plants listed that are proven to do well in most or all of Texas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Smartscape

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