Duranta erecta (Sapphire Showers Blue)

Shrub tree to 15′ tall
full to part sun
tolerates bad soil
flowers white, violet
Low water requirements, drought tolerant
Protect from freezing, will sometimes return from roots in sping — loves heat
Propagate from leaf or soft stem cuttings
Berries toxic to mammals

Native Mexico, South and Central America

Birds love the berries

I just planted this, more info to follow as I see how it does

Ophiopogon japonicus ‘nana’ aka Dwarf Mondo Grass

This makes a great grass replacement for part to full shade areas. I’ve had some growing on the driest parts of the garden, some even in full sun and it just slowly mounds into pom-pom like clumps.

Once a year on a rainy fall day I’ll divide it up and spread it a bit further. It’s great for edging or grass replacement.

One of the nicest things about it is that it is a slow growing plant. It’ll look like you just planted it a year later. If you’d like it to grow faster, just add water

Propagate by division
Prefers shade, will grow in sun
Drought tolerant, will grow if you add water
Slow grower – forms mounds 4″-6″ across, ~ 3″ tall

Houston Garden Club Fall 2019 Plant and Bulb Mart

Bulb & Plant Mart 2019 is October 3-5, 2019

Pre-Orders for Bulbs available online June 15th to September 22nd

Thursday, 10/3/19 5pm-7pm – Early Bird Shopping

Friday, 10/4/19 9am-5pm

Saturday, 10/5/19 9am-2pm

Location: The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, 77019

more info…

The Woodlands Landscaping Solutions Sept 29 2019

22nd Annual Woodlands Landscaping Solutions

Hosted by The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department, come learn how to tap into Nature at this FREE garden event! Learn tips and tools to make your landscape a water-wise and earth-friendly oasis.

Learn from gardening experts
Bring questions and leave inspired

Lauren Simpson will speak on Home Pollinator Gardening
Tom LeRoy will present on proper Lawn Care
Backyard Composting Classes
Montgomery County Master Gardeners
Turf grass specialists
Texas Master Naturalists
Visit booths and demonstrations
At a variety of garden and backyard retailers.

Vegetable gardening
Plant Propagation
Drip Irrigation and Rainwater Harvesting
Plant Clinic
Water-wise resources
Birding Enthusiasts
Various plant and landscaping resources
Plus More
How to improve your home landscape with resources at over 30 booths with area gardening experts and organizations

Plant Sale with Natives, Heirloom Bulbs, Herbs and more
Andy McCarthy performs live on stage
Purchase Rain Barrels and Compost Bins
Food Vendors
Kids Activity
Worms, Worm Castings and Compost for Sale

more info….

Ruellia Elegans

Ruella, I just put this in a few hours ago
Ruella, brand new plants
What I hope it looks like in the near future

There are many varieties of Ruellia, I have some that tops out at about 6″ tall, this one is about 4′

Native to Brazil, Chile
Blooms late spring through fall
Height: 4′
Drought tolerant, prefers moist, well drained soil
Loves the heat, may be damaged in cold winters. Just remove damaged parts in spring
Propagate by division or seed

Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent caterpillar food

It’s brand new, more information as I have some time to watch it