The Texas landscape produces challenges when it comes to growing flowers as the summer climate is hot and dry. This requires planting flower varieties that are drought resistance and hardy in hot temperatures. Texas native and wildflower perennials will provide lush foliage and eye appealing flowers in the home landscape. Planting perennials give the added benefit of growing back each spring for continued enjoyment.
The yarrow plant, Achillea millefolium, is a perennial herb that grows to a height of one foot. The plant produces fern-like foliage that blooms white, pink or red flowers in the spring and fall months and can be found growing wild in grasslands or open forests. The white blooming variety is considered a weed. Yarrow grows well in an area that has full to partial shade sunlight conditions.
The blue shade, Ruellia “sqarrosa”, is an ever-blooming perennial plant that grows to a height of 8 inches. The plant is often used as a ground cover as it spreads quickly through vines. Blue shade has velvet textured foliage and produces many lavender colored blooms when grown in full sun light conditions. Cut the plant back every 30 days to prevent over-growth and stimulate new blossoms.
The summer phlox plant, Phlox paniculata, is a hardy perennial that grows to a height of three feet. The plant produces magenta-pink colored fragrant flowers that bloom during the summer months. Summer phlox grows well in full sun or partial shade light conditions and requires heavy watering at the ground level during the hot summer months.
The hardy ageratum plant, Eupatorium coelestinum, is a strong growing plant that is native to Texas. The plant grows to a height of two feet and considered invasive when not controlled. Hardy ageratum is a fall blooming plant that produces blue-violet flowers. Plant the hardy ageratum in an area that has full sun to part shade light and a soil that retains moisture.
The obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana, is a perennial that grows up to four feet in height. The plant has a non-branched stem and produces 10-inch-tall spikes with pink, purple or white flowers that produce no scent. Obedient plant blooms in late summer to early fall and lasts for approximately six weeks. Plant the obedient plant in an area that has full sun light conditions.
The ox-eye daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, is a hardy plant that grows up to a height of three feet, but more commonly are one foot tall. Ox-eye daisy is found growing wild and has a daisy-like flower appearance. The plant blooms in the spring months and produces single stemmed white flowers in the summer months. Plant the ox-eye daisy in an area that has full sun to partial shade light.