Hot Stuff: Plants That Don’t Break a Sweat

Whatever the weather, something’s going on in my oft-neglected garden. One constant has been my adorably spikey, silvery-hued Agave striata in its small container. And then, boom! Agave striata first bloom spike Central Texas Gardener
Seemingly overnight, it shot up a flower spike, topping out at 5-1/2’. Limber it is, changing direction to follow the sun. Agave striata flower spike Central Texas Gardener
Fortunately, A. striata is not monocarpic (dying after flowering), so I won’t be shopping for a replacement!
Agave striata first flowers Central Texas Gardener
In back, my passalong Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) keeps an eye on the bees, butterflies and birds that visit skeleton-leaf goldeneye, grasses, crinums, lantanas, salvias, and scads of other things.
Mexican Bird of Paradise and plants for wildlife drought garden Central Texas Gardener
We planted the mountain laurel hedge from seed long ago, just as this little shrub/tree was started by a friend. Mexican Bird of Paradise grows lots faster!
Mexican Bird of Paradise flower and foliage Central Texas Gardener
Butterflies and hummingbirds are all over the Turk’s cap that won’t tire out until hard freeze hibernation.
native Turk's cap for hummingbirds and butterflies in part shade drought garden Central Texas Gardener
This week, Liz Morphis from Barton Springs Nursery picks the hottest trend-setters to dazzle summer’s containers or beds in sun and shade.
Liz Morphis and Tom Spencer hot weather color Central Texas Gardener
For bright light spots indoors, fiddle-leaf fig glows with easy-care gusto.
fiddle-leaf fern houseplant Central Texas Gardener
Ooh, wouldn’t your house, office, or shady patio simply love ‘Lemon Lime’ dracaena? Both it and fiddle-leaf fig are not cold-hardy, so bring them indoors in winter.
'Lemon Lime' dracaena houseplant Central Texas Gardener
Outdoors in part shade, white-striped dianella, bold Kong® Red coleus, ajuga, and silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea) conquer color without breaking a sweat. Dianella, Kong red coleus, ajuga, silver ponyfoot container Central Texas Gardener
Penta and verbena, in sun to part shade, make sure that bees and butterflies aren’t flying on empty.
penta and verbena container garden for bees and butterflies Central Texas Gardener
Native rock rose (Pavonia laseopetela), native Gregg’s mistflower, and ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod promise a wildlife buffet line, especially in fall with goldenrod and mistflower. Watch now for all her “can’t beat ’em” ideas!
Fireworks goldenrod, rock rose, Gregg's mistflower Central Texas Gardener
Zinnias certainly put zing into things, especially for butterflies. Trisha teams up small and tall with tips for growing these hot weather annuals.
growing zinnias Trisha Shirey Central Texas Gardener
Narrow-leaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia or haageana) clusters close to the ground on compact bouquets that bloom all summer to the bees’ delight. ‘Crystal Orange’, ‘Crystal White’, and ‘Crystal Yellow’ are some that you’ll find in local nurseries. narrow-leaf zinnia or Mexican zinnia Central Texas Gardener
It’s absolutely thrilling how many CTG viewers are growing for wildlife and not bandying about pesticides! In Bastrop, Amanda and Brad Craig spotted these Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies “starting a family.”
Spicebush Swallowtail butterflies mating Central Texas Gardener
These superstar gardeners are just as handy with their phones/cameras, so this week Daphne highlights some of their on-the-spot action. Click here for all the great shots and the stories behind them!

On tour in San Antonio, meet charming, wise and witty Claire Golden for tales of her restoration that nurtures her and many friends, including grateful wildlife!
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Thanks for stopping by! See you next week for rain garden design, Linda