It’s beautiful out, and we have one question on our minds: How does your Carillon garden grow? North Texas’s mild springs and sunny summers make digging in the dirt a true pleasure. Here are just some of the flowers that will thrive in our area:
Lantana is a bushy perennial that loves sun and heat. The vibrant yellow, orange and pink flowers will bloom in abundant clusters and are great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
Verbena is another perennial that’s able to withstand North Texas’ heat. It blooms in soft, cool hues such as mauve, lilac, pale pink, deep purple, apricot and red, and is especially well-suited for hanging baskets and window boxes.
Purple coneflower is native to Texas, so it doesn’t take much work to get it to grow. As the pink or purple petals drop, the center forms an inverted cone shape. Coneflower grows tall — 8 to 12 inches — and comes back year after year. The dried seeds attract bees, butterflies and songbirds.
Clematis is a climbing vine, perfect for a trellis or mailbox post. There’s a lot of variety within this genus. Some plants will grow saucer-sized flowers, whereas others will offer more petite blossoms. Red, blue, purple, yellow, white, orange and pink, are common colors, and flowers can be solid or two-tone.
Mexican sage is an easy bushy shrub. Its velvety purple flowers, which grow in spike-like formations, attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and its leaves stay green all year.
Of course, every gardener needs a few accessories. Made of stainless steel and solid oak, these hand tools from Williams-Sonoma are hardy enough to get the job done, but pretty enough to put on display. Garden gloves are a must for protecting hands — and manicures. These from Target should do the trick.
A watering wand provides more control than a garden hose, and makes it easy to reach hanging baskets and tall plantings. This one from Home Depot features eight watering patterns and a 28 inch riser. Man-made elements can help highlight the natural forms of your plants. We like this whimsical aviary garden sculpture from Anthropologie.