Top Summer Plants to Update Your Garden Beds

Top Summer Plants to Update Your Garden Beds

PJby PJ Kratohvil
of Complete Solutions

Warm air and rain, cold air and wind, tornadoes and sunshine…….it’s that time of year again where things are day-to-day and you never know what tomorrow’s weather has in store. We do hope everyone is staying safe and getting out to enjoy the sunshine in between.

It seems our landscape season is in full swing already, with the lack of that last cold snap, everyone has decided to go ahead and get things in the ground. Most of our summer annuals have started to come in and are looking great along with native grasses, perennials and other Summer selections. Check out our 2016 Top 10 Summer Plant List as you’re getting ready to update the beds in the next few weeks and let us know if you have any questions.

Green Cloud Sage: Great summer selection, very low maintenance, heat tolerant and stays fuller than other varieties (not as leggy)
Red Yucca: Great native selection has good character, very low maintenance
Salvia: Does well year around, good color comes back year after year
Penta: Outstanding option for a north Texas annual, good color and very heat tolerant.
Muley Grass: Good texture, native to the area, great movement and color.
Agave: Great focal point, heat tolerant, all-around good character planting.
Abelia: Good color, heat tolerant, low growing option.
Dwarf Fountain Grass: Great frontline option, works well around rock or annual plantings, great movement.
Loropetalum (Diamond): Great contrast planting, pretty low maintenance once established.
Savanna Holly: Good option when you’re looking for some height, heat tolerant, low maintenance.

If you stick with things that are local/native to our area you will have a lot less stress when it heats up this summer and should notice a decrease in your irrigation bill at the same time. As always, if you’re looking to hire your work out give the local guys a shot first and remember to check their portfolio to ensure they can deliver on what’s being promised. As the saying goes: “You get what you pay for and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

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