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Start a Native Plant Garden

air date: April 6, 2024

In their first home, Michelle and Louis Lay went for native plants when their yard bit the dust in drought. One nook at a time, they layered wildlife habitat from the front door to the curb. Meet wildlife advocate Drake White who started the first native plant nursery in San Antonio, The Nectar Bar, to help gardeners source plants. Find out why some years are great for wildflowers and how to prune turk’s cap perennials.


Episode Segments

On Tour

Front Yard Native Plant Wildlife Habitat

Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees head to Michelle and Louis Lay’s front yard to feed and frolic on native flowers. In 2018, when the young couple bought their house, it was blank lawn and bleak plants that withered in ongoing drought. One nook at a time, they layered native plants from the front door to the curb, inviting neighbors and wildlife into year-round cheer. Read the blog.

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Question of the Week

Why White Bluebonnets?

Daphne explains why some years are  better for wildflowers and why some bluebonnets are actually white! And, watch a sweet tribute to Augie, the plant doggie, and a good friend to CTG.

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Backyard Basics

Winter Pruning: Wax Mallow for Spring’s Spiderworts

See how to cut back winter-dormant wax mallow (turk’s cap) with Leslie Uppinghouse, horticulturist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Underneath, spiderwort’s green leaves fill the gap, sending up spring blooms for pollinators. Wax mallow’s summer-to-fall flowers and fruits attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and mammals.

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