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Unread 09-05-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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Default Perennial Flowers that will survive any winter & summer?

Looking for a flower or plant that has color that will survive through all seasons here. Any suggestions?
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Unread 09-05-2009, 01:18 PM
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Plumbago has light blue-ish flowers and it is drought-tolerant.....and I've seen it blooming in the winter here. It blooms all summer--the butterflies love it! It also comes in white, but I've only got experience with the blue.
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Unread 09-05-2009, 01:21 PM
 
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Roses, roses, roses
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Unread 09-05-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Nandinas typically are green to rust, and turn even more rust in the fall/winter. They are evergreen.

Hollies stay green all year, but can produce berries in the fall & winter.

As for flowers, I have had great luck with my pincushion plants, although they are better suited for borders (only are about 12" tall.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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Nandinas typically are green to rust, and turn even more rust in the fall/winter. They are evergreen.

Hollies stay green all year, but can produce berries in the fall & winter.

As for flowers, I have had great luck with my pincushion plants, although they are better suited for borders (only are about 12" tall.
I looked up the Pincushion Plants and they are pretty and I know my wife would like them. I can't say if I have ever seen them at any nursery. Can I ask were you have purchased them?. Are they able to make it through our "mild" winters?
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Unread 09-06-2009, 09:20 AM
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Esperanza, if you're interested in a sturdy flowering bush.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Esperanza and plumbago make a colorful summer bouquet, the hotter and drier the better.

One spring I marveled how beautiful and brightly colored her tulips were. She stifled a smile as she told me they were PLASTIC---always a thought.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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I looked up the Pincushion Plants and they are pretty and I know my wife would like them. I can't say if I have ever seen them at any nursery. Can I ask were you have purchased them?. Are they able to make it through our "mild" winters?
I bought mine at Rainbow Gardens on Thousand Oaks. But I have also seen them, on occasion, at Lowe's and Home Depot. I beleive the botanic name is Scabiosa.

Yes, they make it through winter, and are in bloom very early. However, this particular summer has been hard on them, even though they are drought tolerant. They will spread (slowly), so give them a bit of room.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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I looked up the Pincushion Plants and they are pretty and I know my wife would like them. I can't say if I have ever seen them at any nursery. Can I ask were you have purchased them?. Are they able to make it through our "mild" winters?
DON'T quote me on this but I could have sworn I saw Pincushion plants yesterday at Walmart at 1604/281.
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Unread 09-06-2009, 03:36 PM
 
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Unless the winter is super severe some years, if you're looking for basic groundcover and some small shrubs (that smell WONDERFUL!) if you can't find flowers when you're looking, thyme and rosemary are practically perennial down there. Especially in San Antonio.

When I lived down there, I always loved putting thyme between patio stones so when you walk over it it makes a wonderful smell, and putting rosemary shrubs near windows. When it is a little cooler outside, you can open the windows and get that wonderful herbal fragrance.

Everyone's right about scabiosa. I'm trying to remember some of my stalwarts I used down there. I want to say that monarda (bee balm) is also a perennial. It has really cool red shaggy flowers. But you may want to give it a small bed to itself, as it is in the mint family, and will take over a bed.

Mums are usually reliable and will come back every year in the fall. Irises of course, once they get established (it may take a year or 2 to start seeing blooms).
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