Parker County Master Gardener Association's

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

Saturday, April 8, 2017 8 a.m. - Noon

 

Native Plants and Grasses, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs, Annuals, Roses, Shrubs...

Educational presentations on various topics.

Bring plant & gardening questions to “Ask a Master Gardener” table.

 

Texas AgriLife Extension Service Office

604 N Main Street   Weatherford, Texas

Proceeds help fund horticultural educational and community projects in Parker Co.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

These are some of our ongoing projects:

My Azaleas are not doing well? Is this normal for Parker County?  Yes! Parker County soils are too alkiline for Azaleas or any of the plants in that family. Unless you are prepared to do extraordinary bed preparation and continue with special care for their life expectancy. Or grow them in containers with the correct soil PH. Azaleas need acid soils.  You will have fewer headaches by choosing plants that are native or adapted to our area.

 

If you choose to plant azaleas, you may want to plant them in pots where the soil can be monitored (should be planted in equal amounts of brown sphagnum peat moss and shredded bark mulch). Give them morning sun and afternoon shade; water them regularly because the porous mix will dry out rapidly. Be prepared to water more often than you would if the plants were set directly in the soil.
Azaleas can range from 2 to 6 feet so think about choosing plants that have a similar look for your landscape. The following are plants you may want to consider for your landscape. Some can be used in place of azaleas and some do not have that look but will work well in Parker County.


Region 4 - North Central Texas (Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton, Wichita Falls)
Note - Plants with number 7 are adaptable to most areas of Texas
 

Common name

Scientific name

Adapted for

Exposure

Notes


Dwarf Shrubs (1 to 3 feet tall)

Dwarf burford holly

Ilex cornuta rotunda burfordii

7

E

Glossy evergreen foliage

Dwarf Chinese holly

Ilex cornuta rotunda

7

E

Glossy evergreen foliage

Dwarf yaupon holly1

Ilex vomitoria nana

7

E

Glossy evergreen foliage

Nandina: harbour dwarf, gulf stream, nana

Nandina sp.

7

E

Reddish evergreen foliage

Red yucca1

Hesperaloe parvifolia

7

S

Red flowers on tall spikes

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

 4

S

Fragrant bluish-green foliage; blue flowers; herb


Small Shrubs (3 to 5 feet tall)

Barberry

Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea

4

S

Red evergreen foliage

Bridal wreath spirea

Spirea cantoniensis (S. reevesiana)

7

E

Sprawling; fern-like; white spring blooms

China rose

Rosa chinensis

4

S

Hardy; long-blooming; pest resistant; varieties: Old Blush (pink) and Cramoisi Superior (red)

Dwarf burford holly

Ilex cornuta rotunda burfordii

7

E

Glossy evergreen foliage

Dwarf palmetto1

Sabal minor

 4

E

Trunkless, bushy palm

Flowering quince

Chaenomeles japonica

7

S

Deciduous shrub; spring blooming (red, pink, white or orange)

Glossy abelia

Abelia grandiflora

7

E

Bronze evergreen foliage and white flowers

Grayleaf cotoneaster

Cotoneaster glaucophylla

 4

E

Sprawling evergreen shrub; dusty gray foliage

Indian hawthorne

Raphiolepis indica

7

E

Spring flowering; blue berries in fall; evergreen

Japanese boxwood

Buxus japonica

7

E

Evergreen foliage

Juniper

Juniperus sp.

4

S

Tough, evergreen shrub; many varieties available

Nandina compact

Nandina domestica compacta

7

E

Reddish evergreen foliage and red fall berries

Tea rose

Rosa odorata

 4

S

Hardy; long-blooming; pest resistant; excellent varieties: Mrs. B.R. Cant (rose), Mrs. Dudley Cross (yellow) and Duchesse de Brandant (pink)

1 Texas native 2 S = Sun; Sh = Full to partial shade; E = Either
Chart from aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/Xeriscape