plant list

trees:

  • Bauhinia mexicana (mexican orchid tree), 3/11 (died back to root due to winter 2013 freeze, new sprouts come summer 2014)
  • Citrus aurantifolia (dwarf key lime) – container, 1/09
  • Citrus aurantium (sour orange), 7/13
  • Citrus hystrix (Thai Kaffir lime) – container, 2/11
  • Citrus limon ‘Meyer Improved’ (lemon) – container, 3/11 – first harvest 11/12
  • Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus (buddha’s hand) – container, 1/09 – first harvest 12/11 (died back to graft, but came back 5/15)
  • Citrus reticulata subsp. unshiu ‘Brown Select’ (satsuma), 1/09 rootstock still growing (trifoliate orange a.k.a. flying dragon)
  • Citrus sinensis ‘Moro’ (dwarf blood orange), 1/09 (rootstock survived winter ’09-10 and ’10-11) – first harvest 11/12
  • Citrus x paradisi ‘Bloomsweet’ (hybrid grapefruit), 1/09 (rootstock survived winter ’09-10 and ’10-11) – first harvest 11/12
  • Citrus x tangelo ‘Wekiwa’ (tangelo), 1/09 (rootstock survived winter ’09-10 and ’10-11) – first abundant harvest 11/12
  • Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Ice’ (arizona cypress), 12/08
  • Ficus carica ‘Celeste’ (fig), 1/09
  • Ficus carica ‘Celeste’ (fig), 5/15 (from McCulloch Ranch)
  • Ficus carica ‘Banana’ (fig), container, 3/10
  • Ficus carica ‘Egyptian’ (fig), container, 5/10
  • Fortunella crassifolia ‘Meiwa’ (kumquat), 1/09 root stock still growing (trifoliate orange)
  • Ilex decidua (possumhaw holly), 11/09 (this is a fruiting female)
  • Ilex decidua ‘Paco’s’ (possumhaw holly), 3/10 (non-fruiting male ?!? it doesn’t seem happy… wonder if it wants more acidic soil? top died. water sprouts. died over summer ’11)
  • Lagerstroemia indica (crepe myrtle) – existing, 7/08
  • Lagerstroemia Black Diamond ‘Blush’ (crepe myrtle), 5/13
  • Persea americana ‘Brazos Belle’ (avocado), 1/09
  • Persea americana ‘Lila’ (avocado), 1/09, drowned by irrigation system…
  • Persea americana (avocado), x/13, came up from compost. too close to the house but it’ll stay there for the time being. dies back after several hard, long freezes. surprising!
  • Prunus salicina ‘Methley’ (plum), 1/10 – first harvest spring ’12 (signs of infection fall ’12, spray w/dormant oil) (all flowers frozen off spring 2014 = no fruit this year) (great harvest ’15)
  • Prunus persica ‘Sam Houston’ (peach), 1/09 (first peach harvested 7/17/10. no peaches ’11, a few ’12) i really don’t like this peach. ’15 update: tree is falling over, but abundant fruit set this year (long cool winter, lots of spring & summer rain) – but they’re still as hard as a rock, but the rodents don’t seem to mind. will probably cull fall ’15
  • Punica granatum ‘Red Silk’ (pomegranate), 1/09
  • Punica granatum ‘Sharp Velvet’ (pomegranate), 1/09
  • Pyrus communis ‘Ayres’ (or is it ‘Ayers’-?) (sugar pear), 1/10 (espalier. no blooms spring 2011(?) one fruit fall ’11 and ’12 – two fruits 7/14 much sweeter than Kieffer). LOTS of pears ’15, but most are way up top – higher than i’ve been able to train as espailer (i kinda gave up). this pear was labeled as a 12′ but it’s around 24′ now…
  • Pyrus communis ‘Kieffer’ (pear), 1/10 – 13 fruit fall ’12, fire blight spring ’13, harvested a baker’s dozen 7/14 for pear butter. heavy fruit set ’15
  • Quercus macrocarpa (burr oak) – started from an acorn gathered at Antique Rose Emporium 11/13 (two of 5 germinated, gifted to R.Vaughan)
  • Quercus virginiana (live oak) – existing, with many, many wasp galls, 7/08
  • Sophora secundiflora (texas mountain laurel), 11/09
  • Taxodium mucronatum (Montezuma bald cypress), 12/11 two (2) planted close together (too close?) by landscape contractor neighbor on our property line

shrubs:

  • Abelia x ‘Canyon Creek’ (abelia), x/15
  • Berberis ‘Orange Rocket’ (barberry), 6/15
  • Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’ (butterfly bush), 8/11 (supposed to be a low grower, to 2′ x 2′, attractive to butterflies & fragrant) (1 of 2 died 8/14 due to lack of water, too much heat/light reflection?)
  • Buxus microphylla var. japonica ‘Gregem’ PP21159 (‘Baby Gem’ boxwood), fall/14 plant trial (1 of 2 died 8/14 – lack of water or from being urinated on by visiting critters?)
  • Callistemon ‘Wild Thang’ (bottlebrush), 09
  • Callicarpa mexicana (mexican beautyberry), 9/10 (major cut back winter ’12)
  • Carissa macrocarpa (natal plum), 3/14 (froze early winter ’15, culled)
  • Cassia corymbosa (texas flowery senna), 9/08 (though seems to return from leftover roots in the soil. great.
  • Cassia corymbosa (texas flowery senna), found in former compost area fall ’12, again in summer ’13
  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Yewtopia’ (plum yew), fall/14 plant trial
  • Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Pin Cushion’ (cypress), 6/13 (container, didn’t like our water)
  • Dalea greggii (gregg dalea), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Euphorbia spp. (pointsettia), 9/08 (goes to seed=weedy=still here…)
  • Eupatorium havanense (white mist flower, boneset), 9/08, 3/10
  • Hamelia x ‘Holik’ (dwarf hamelia or firebush), 9/09
  • Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’ (purple leaved hydrangea introduced by Dan Hinkley & Monrovia… we’ll see if it likes it here), 5/14 (container – needs approx. 1 gal rainwater everyday in summer heat)
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (hydrangea), 3/10 (trying to acidify soil with coffee grounds) removed 6/11. hey, i had to try, maybe i will again…
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’ (hydrangea), 9/10 (received at gwadfw ’10, trying to acidify soil with coffee grounds)
  • Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ellen Huff’ (hydrangea), 6/15 (big box store plant rescue – and it was huge, gorgeous, willing to give it a try…)
  • Ilex vomitoria ‘Gremier’ PPAF (micron holly), 12/11
  • Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Compacta’ (compact texas sage), x/12
  • Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’ (?) (waxleaf ligustrum) – existing, 7/08
  • Loropetalum chinense ‘Peack’ PP18441 (weeping purple pixie), 11/12
  • Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ (oregon grape holly), 5/11 (death due to drought, too much sun, salty water or a combo thereof)
  • Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress’ PP20183 (mahonia), fall/14 and 6/14 plant trials (appreciates half day shade at least)
  • Malpighia glabra (dwarf Barbados cherry), 3/11 (I don’t think this is a true dwarf as labeled… look for ‘nana’ next time). flowers smell like lilacs in spring and fall. great red berries, birds love
  • Murraya paniculata (dwarf orange jasmine), container, 11/09 too bad, i liked this
  • Nandina domestica ‘Firepower’ or ‘Gulf Stream’ (?) (heavenly bamboo) – existing, 7/08
  • Nandina domestica ‘Seika’ (Obsession nandina), 9/13 (gdn blgr atl)
  • Nandina domestica ‘Flirt’ (nandina), x/14
  • Paronychia virginica (whitlow wort), 3/14 LBJWC plant sale
  • Punica granatum ‘Nana’ (dwarf pomegranate), 3/09 (dieback in winter ’09-10, slow coming back. regular-sized poms fall ’11, several poms fall ’12, lots of poms summer ’13, dieback winter ’13-14, pruned and full of flowers 7/14, slight dieback winter ’14-15 but bounced right back)
  • Rapheolepis indica (indian hawthorne) – existing, 7/08
  • Rosa chinensis viridiflora (green rose), 3/12
  • Rosa ‘Belinda’s Dream’ (rose), x/12. transplanted 5/15, not happy but will probably bounce back this fall
  • Rosa ‘Ducher’ (white, Earth-Kind Rose), 3/11, major cut back 9/13. pretty, fragrant rose but petals fall off too easily. too much suckering growth.
  • Rosa ‘Knock Out’ (pink rose) – existing, 7/08. culled one of three. transplanted two. one seemingly sick spring/summer ’15 (major cottony cushion scale ’14, may cull ’15).
  • Rosa ‘Marie Pavie’ (white, polyantha rose), 9/09 (eh-)
  • Rosa ‘Martha Gonzales’ (rose), 3/12 (herbal forum), transplanted from front bed to a pot (not sure where to put it yet)
  • Rosa sericea pteracantha (winged thorn rose), 6/14 (purchased in portland, or at gbfpdx) bummer, this died.
  • Rosa ‘Spice’ (white, Earth-kind rose), 3/10 (eh- i really don’t like this rose. too much suckering growth. small roses are somewhat pretty but on the musky side)
  • Rosa ‘Sunny Knock Out’ (yellow rose), 5/09 (actually fragrant!) think this may have had rose rosette disease… (removed, but coming back from a root under oak tree. Pretty orange hips 8/14)
  • Rosa ‘Little Apricot’ (groundcover rose), 9/10 (gwa dfw ’10. doesn’t like heat/drought, came back after cooled down, survived summer ’12. Actually a nice little rose. Fragrant, pretty blooms fade from apricot to white. Repeat bloomer once heat subsides. ’15: i would definitely plant more of these, very happy with its performance)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’ (upright rosemary), x/09, x/10, 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Foxtail’ (rosemary), 3/13
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Madelene Hill’ (a.k.a. ‘Hill Hardy’), 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Spice Islands’ (rosemary), 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ (upright rosemary), 5/09
  • Spirea x bumalda ‘BL0601′ (little bonnie dwarf spirea), 11/12
  • Tecoma stans (esperanza), 5/09, 9/11
  • Vitex trifolia f. purpurea ‘Fascination’ (Arabian lilac), 10/09 (barton springs nursery – likes it HOT! all 3 plants – planted as 4″ pots – survived ’09-10 winter. one plant survived ’10-11 winter, flushed new growth, 5/11, surviving winter ’12 with very little dieback… passionvine entangling it… major dieback winter ’13-14, slow to return but once again full flush of growth from the roots, embraced by passionvine once again. actually, all three came back from the roots. love the foliage, but it needs pruning)

cacti/succulents/drought tolerant:

  • Agave ‘Blue Glow’ (agave), x/14, 7/15
  • Agave americana (variegated agave) – R.V., 09
  • Agave americana (blue agave), 9/09, 7/10 passalong, now also in pots… makes lots of pups. have named her “Audrey III” – she’s quite the focal point in the back garden. love how the evening light plays on her blue armed branches
  • Agave lopantha (variegated agave), Peckerwood Garden, 11/12
  • Agave lopantha quadricolor (variegated agave) – The Plant Man, San Diego, CA – container, 7/12. love this one!
  • Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’ (agave), 8/14 PDN, container
  • Agave vilmorrheana  (octopus agave) – Peckerwood Garden, container, 3/09, second transplant to larger pot 8/14. would probably be happier in the ground, but needs winter protection
  • Agave sp. ‘Mr. Ripple’ (agave) – container, 11/09 moved to front garden spring ’14
  • Aloe arista ‘Lizard Lips’ (pink lace aloe), container, 9/11 bcmg plant swap
  • Aloe barbadensis (common aloe), container, x/10? passalong plant from r.vaughan
  • Aloe barbadensis (?) ‘Orange Fiesta’ (aloe), x/12?, 4/13. this are awesome when they bloom! need winter frost/freeze protection
  • Dasylirion wheeleri (sotol, desert spoon), 09 (sent up a 10′ flower stalk 5/14; seems to be 3 plants now ’15)
  • Dasylirion quadrangulatum (sotol, without spines) – from Peckerwood Garden, 11/11, now in container
  • Delosperma cooperi (ice plant), 9/08
  • Desmettiana sp (variegated yucca), x/12 container
  • Echeveria ‘Caribbean’ (hens & chicks) 6/11
  • Echeveria ‘Encantada’ (echeveria), 6/15 (how could i resist – the most beautiful silvery magenta blue leaves and a huge, huge plant) – didn’t last a month before i had to start pulling leaves off because after sending up a bloom stalk it started to rot from the inside out… uh oh… hoping to get a few leaves to set root and try again.
  • Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ (echeveria), x/15
  • Echeveria runyonii (mexican hens and chicks), peckerwood garden, container, 5/11
  • Echeveria shaviana ‘Pink Frills’ (Mexican hen & chicks), x/15
  • Echinocereus enneacanthus (pitaya), 10/12 lbjwc native plant sale
  • Echinocereus reichenbachii (lace cactus), 10/12 lbjwc native plant sale
  • Echinocereus stramineus (strawberry hedgehog cactus), 10/12 lbjwc native plant sale
  • Echinopsis x ‘Salmon’ (barrel cactus) – Peckerwood Garden, container, 10/10
  • Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (variegated, violet blue snake master), 6/14 (gbfpdx purchase Joy Creek), flowering
  • Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (steel blue snake master), 6/14 (gbfpdx purchase Joy Creek) not happy, possibly dead
  • Eucalyptus ‘Silver Drop’ (eucalyptus), 8/14 (container, purchase from Blue Moon Nursery)
  • Eucomis comosa (purple pineapple lily), 9/10 (in shade, seems to want more sun? foliage only ’14. first bloom 7/15 (needs more rain i guess)
  • Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ (perennial spurge), 3/11
  • Euphorbia x ‘Nothowlee’ (Blackbird spurge), container, 2/14 (seems okay so long as stays in afternoon shade, infrequently watered with rainwater)
  • Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ (graptosedum), container, 5/10
  • Graptopetalum sp. (ghost plant) – Peckerwood Garden, container, 09
  • Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ (ghost plant), x/15
  • Hesperaloe parviflora (red yucca), 5/10
  • Hesperaloe parviflora ‘New Blue’ (yucca) – Peckerwood Garden, 09, 5/10, love
  • Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Yellow’ (yucca) – Peckerwood Garden, 09, 5/10, love
  • Kalanchoe orgyalis (copper spoons kalanchoe), container, 2/13
  • Kalanchoe sp. ‘Mule Ears’? (kalanchoe)- Peckerwood Garden, container, 10/10
  • Kalanchoe thrysiflora ‘Desert Rose’ (kalanchoe), 6/11
  • Kalanchoe tomentosa cv. ‘Chocolate Soldier’ (kalanchoe), 6/11 (great container plant!)
  • Mammillaria prolifera (texas nipple cactus), 10/12 lbjwc native plant sale
  • Manfreda sileri (Silver’s tuberose), container rescue, 5/13
  • Manfreda x ‘Bloodspot’ (mangave), fall ’14 (had in a dark colored pot on the front porch… the leaves started to burst from the inside out. think i cooked it. darn. lesson learned)
  • Neobuxbaumia polylopha (cone cactus, golden spined saguaro) – Peckerwood Garden, container, 10/10
  • Optunia santa-rita (purple prickly pear), LBJWC 3/14 (completely dead, either not enough water to establish or irrigation water irritated the pads, knocking them off? will try again)
  • Optunia sp. (prickly pear cactus), 7/09 (little tree ornament of the year, 2014 – “and a mockingbird on a prickly pear” – perhaps that explains the fruit flush summer ’15?
  • Orostachys sp. (dunce cap), container, 5/13
  • Pachyveria ‘Blue Pearl’ (pachyphytum x echeveria), 7/15 (big box rescue rack)
  • Peniocereus gregii (night-blooming cereus) – passalong plant (ginny), container, 7/09 (first blooms 7/25/10; several blooms near full moon summer/fall ’12, container die back winter ’13-14, had a few stems in garage to start new ones spring ’14)
  • Sedum brevifolium ‘Trallina’ (sedum), 3/11
  • Sedum potosinum (little gray stone sedum), 3/11
  • Sedum reflexum (blue spruce sedum), 3/11
  • Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’ (sedum), 6/11
  • Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’ (tricolor sedum), 9/10, 10/12
  • Sempervivium ‘Krebs 2′ (hens & chicks), 6/11
  • Senecio sp. (string of pearls), container, 5/13
  • Senecio vitalis ‘Blue Chalk Fingers’ (senecio) – dove container, 5/09
  • Tillandsia ‘Houston’ (air plant), 9/11
  • Tradescantia pallida / Setcresea purpurea (purple wandering jew), passalong plant (ginny), 10/10
  • x Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’ (manfreda), 5/10 (frost damage winter 10-11, active growing tip, fully recovered) bloomed 8′ stalk spring ’13, regenerated pups from center and perimeter of mother plant. 5 bloom spikes spring ’15, needs to be divided.
  • Yucca ‘Blue Boy’ (yucca), peckerwood garden, 5/11 – a pup emerged sometime during ’14
  • Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ (yucca), 8/10 (plant rescue – not happy where it is, sooooo small, crowded by verbena.)
  • Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’ (yucca), 7/15 (big box plant rack rescue)
  • Yucca pallida (pale-leaf yucca), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Yucca pallida ‘McKelvey’ (blue pale-leaf yucca), 10/10 (austin native plant society plant sale)

grasses/sedges:

  • Anthericum sandersonea (shooting star lily), 9/10 (didn’t come back after winter ’10-11)
  • Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama grass), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale) not impressed with our garden soil conditions, apparently.
  • Bouteloua gracillis ‘Blonde Ambition’ (blue grama grass), 6/14 (Fredericksburg Friendly Natives), 5/15 (needs more water i think than given)
  • Carex ‘Indian Summer’ (orange sedge) – container, 9/08
  • Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’ (sedge), 9/09 (good first year, declines if doesn’t have lots of water…?), trying again in container, fall ’14
  • Carex cherokeensis (cherokee sedge), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Carex perdentata (meadow sedge), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Chasmantium latifolium (inland sea oats, a.k.a broadleaf woodoats), 9/08 (oh the seedlings you will make…)
  • Carex laxiculmis ‘Hobb’ (Bunny Blue Sedge), 5/14
  • Liriope muscari (lily turf), 9/08 removed
  • Muhlunbergia capillaris (pink muhly grass), 6/09, 5/11
  • Muhlunbergia dumosa (bamboo muhly) – LBJWC/Bluestem Nursery, 2/11 (not my favorite)
  • Muhlunbergia lindheimeri (big muhly grass), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale), 10/11 (love this one!)
  • Muhlenbergia (capillaris x lindheimeri) ‘Pink Flamingoes’ (muhly grass), 6/14 (Friendly Natives, Plant Delight Nursery 8/14)
  • Muhlenbergia reverchonii (seep muhly), 10/11 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Nassella tenuissima (mexican feather grass), 6/09 (doesn’t seem to come back very green after winter. too much moisture?)
  • Nolina lindheimeriana (bear grass/lindheimer’s nolina), 10/11 (a plant gift from will fleming nursery, hempstead, tx)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (black mondo grass), 3/09  (s l o w  g r o w i n g, likes shade best)
  • Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Sky’ (switch grass), 6/09, 5/10
  • Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (switch grass), 6/09 (not very upright – downright sloppy if you ask me, could be soil/light/water conditions)
  • Paspalum humboldtianum, 9/09 (?)
  • Pennisetum ‘Princess Caroline’ (improved purple fountain grass with no inflorescence), 5/11 – actually produced inflorescence late fall/early winter ’12 (favorable wx conditions?) needs lots of water, or else leaves will dry brown like field corn.
  • Pennisetum ‘Princess Molly’ (dwarf napier grass), 5/14 “an even shorter ‘Prince’ heiress: 10-20″ H x 14-20″ W. culled, wasn’t doing it for me.
  • Poa arachnifera (texas bluegrass), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale)
  • Phormium tenax (New Zealand flax), x/15 (container for now)
  • Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’ (little bluestem), 9/09 (too dry where i planted it)
  • Sisyrinchium sp. (blue-eyed grass) – GA:TX, 3/09 very prolific
  • Trypsacum dactyloides (eastern gama grass) – LBJWC/Bluestem Nursery, 2/11 (culled most of it early summer ’15, knocking the peach tree over)
  • Trypsacum sp (?), 11/10
  • Zea diploperennis (perennial corn), x/10?

perennials:

  • Agastache ‘Acapulco Chiffon’ (Agastache), 5/14
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ (bugleweed), x/12
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ (bugleweed), 10/13, 5/14 (holy guacamole, how this has spread)
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ (bugleweed), 10/13
  • Alcea rosea ‘Black Watchman’ (hollyhock), seeded 4/13, survived heat of summer ’13, still waiting to bloom… first blooms 5/14. Definitely susceptible to rust… blooms best with regular watering and fertilization. a true biennial, did not come back spring ’15
  • Allium canadense (native texas onion), 9/10, first flowering 3/11. self seeds
  • Aquilegia skinner (columbine), peckerwood gardens, 5/11 (hope this will come back in spring, disappeared over summer)
  • Artemisia ‘Parfum d’ethiopia’ (wormwood), 10/13
  • Asclepias asperula (green-flowered milkweed), 10/09 (transplanted from neighborhood meadow)
  • Asclepias asperula (antelope horns), 3/11 (seeds purchased from Native American Seeds of Texas) low germination rate, but i probably didn’t plant them at the right time. try again in fall.
  • Asclepias cancellata ‘Wild Cotton’ (milkweed), 7/13 (Annie’s Perennials gbfsf)
  • Asclepias curassavica (mexican butterfly weed), 9/08 (very little came back from previous year, but seeds are prolific…
  • Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed), 3/10 (herbal forum – 4′ tall by 9/10! seems to have self-sown itself into ’11)
  • Asclepias viridis (green milkweed), 3/11 (seeds purchased from Native American Seeds of Texas) low germination rate, but i probably didn’t plant them at the right time. try again in fall.
  • Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’ (butterfly weed), 11/09
  • Asclepias tuberosa (orange butterfly weed), 8/14, Blue Moon Gardens, first flowering 7/15, but then died back when regular rain ceased
  • Aster novi-belgii ‘Winston Churchill’ (aster), 10/13 (container) magenta flowers
  • Astrolepis sinuata (wavy scaly cloak fern), 3/15 (loves the rain… seems to have been a good year to establish it. when we got hot dry weather, it withered into what i thought was the death grip of drought, but then it started raining again and it unfurled its green fronds again. amazing recovery!)
  • Athyrium filix-femina ‘Red Neck Girl’ (fern), 8/14, PDN (doing well summer ’15, due to frequent rains)
  • Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ (japanese painted fern), 5/10
  • Baptisia australis (Blue Wild Indigo) 3/13, LBJWC (i had two of the baptisias bloom spring ’15, but not sure which ones)
  • Baptisia ‘Cherries Jubilee’ PP 23,907, 8/14, PDN (i had two of the baptisias bloom spring ’15, but not sure which ones, perhaps this one?)
  • Baptisia ‘Prairie Blue Twilight’ (indigo), 3/13 planted from passalong (GA) seeds (i had two of the baptisias bloom spring ’15, but not sure which ones. perhaps this one?)
  • Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ (indigo), 8/14, PDN (i had two of the baptisias bloom spring ’15, but not sure which ones, perhaps this one?)
  • Barleria cristata (Philippine violet), 3/11 (first flowers 10/11) fall bloomer when evening temps drop. didn’t come back as vigorously, needs constant moisture
  • Belamcanda chinensis (blackberry lily), 09 (passalong plant (janet m.) from seed, flowering in 6/10)
  • Berlandiera lyrata (chocolate scented daisy), 9/09, 3/10 OMG these smell AMAZING!!! tolerate dry conditions too. don’t seem to do well when we have regular rains as we did spring ’15
  • Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’ (butterfly bush), 8/11 (supposed to be a low grower, to 2′ x 2′, attractive to butterflies & fragrant. 10/13 update: one of two keeps producing die-back. cut out the dead, will see if it bounces back – sort of did)
  • Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’ (cestrum), 9/09 (came back bigger after each winter of ’09-10 and ’10-11. fall migrating butterflies seem to enjoy it, finally… occassionally hummingbirds will enjoy it too, but both the birds and butterflies are so infrequent i’m not sure it’s that great of a pollinator/bird/bfly attractor)
  • Chrysanthemum x rubellum (pink country girl mum), passalong plant (ginny s.) 9/09 (looked great thru winter – needs to be cut back)
  • Clerodendrum incisum ‘Musical Notes’ (clerodendrum), 9/08 (?)
  • Clerodendrum paniculatum ‘Pagoda’ (clerodendrum), 9/10 (didn’t survive winter ’10-11. perhaps it would’ve had it been planted in the spring…?)
  • Clerodendrum ugandense (blue butterfly bush), 9/09 (survived winter ’09-10 and ’10-11. if you ask me, this is the “hydrangea” for texas – similar growth habit. long lasting, elongating panicles of flowers. bees love the flowers. praying mantis hide away) for some reason didn’t come back for 2013… one tiny sprout left… what happened?! will have to try again… probably needs more frequent watering than i’m willing to give
  • Clerodendrum wallichii ‘White Waterfalls’ (butterfly bush), 9/11 (was hoping this would be a great companion to C. ugandense, but it doesn’t seem to have survived since planting – 1 month? – soil too wet & heavy for transplanting? disappointing. keeping root in soil, will see if it regenerates)
  • Cuphea ignea ‘David Verity’ (cigar plant), 9/08
  • Cuphea llavea (bat face cuphea), 9/09
  • Dianthus carophyllus ‘Grenadin Mix’ (red/white carnation), 5/09 (needs support; falls over, yanked it)
  • Dietes bicolor (butterfly/african iris), 9/08 (self propagates too easily, major culling ’15)
  • Dietes iridioides ‘Orange Drop’ (butterfly iris), 9/09 (self propagates too easily, major culling ’15)
  • Digiplexis Illumination Flame PPAF (digiplexis – Digitalis pupurea crossed with Isoplexis canariensis), 5/14. seems to do much better with regular rain. not our irrigation water.
  • Digitalis purpurea ‘Faerie Queen Apricot’ (foxglove), from seed 3?/12 – too late, most didn’t survive summer. Few in shade did, protecting thru ’12 winter, hoping for blooms spring ’13 – nope, they didn’t bloom, foliage finally succumbed to drought of ’13. major. bummer.
  • Digitalis purpurea ‘Foxy Dwarf’ (foxglove), 3/10 (doesn’t like summer heat)
  • Digiplexis ‘Flame’ (Illumination digiplexis), x/14 (didn’t make it thru heat of late summer/early fall), 3/15 (seems to be faring better with more frequent rains)
  • Dryopteris erythrosora (autumn fern), 3/10
  • Echinacea Big Sky ‘Sunrise’ (coneflower), 5/09 – due to rot
  • Echinacea sanguinea (sanguin purple coneflower), 10/14 (actually flowered spring ’15, but then died back to the roots, seedheads still intact. will see if it comes back this fall)
  • Echaendia chandleri (chandler craglily), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale) didn’t survive winter ’10-11 but i have seeds – ooh, found it growing in same spot, under shade of wayward basil, salvia & blackberry. yay!)
  • Erysium ‘Honeyberry’ (wallflower), 2/15 (planted in ground, died back once hot weather arrived. wonder if they’ll come back from the root next spring?)
  • Eupatoriadelphus purpureus (was Eupatorium fistulosum) ‘Gateway’ (joe pye weed), 9/09 (pinch back for shorter but more wind-hardy growth – or else the winds will prune it for you, spring ’11. doesn’t seem to like hot summers, slow decline)
  • Eupatorium havanense (white mist flower, boneset), 9/08, 3/10 (more like a shrub)
  • Euphorbia cyathophora (fire on the mountain), 9/08 (pretty, but more like a very persistent weed)
  • Euphorbia ‘Nothowlee’ PP17,178 (Blackbird Spurge), 3/14, container, overwintered indoors. such amazing foliage. love love love it
  • Euphorbia ‘Ruby Glow’ (wood spurge), 2/15 (trialing in three spots in the garden – so far the more shade, the better).
  • Euphorbia sp. (euphorbia) – GA:TX, 3/09 (planted near coral bells. no longer here ’15)
  • Gallardia suavis (pincushion daisy), 10/13 lbjwc native plant sale (15′ not sure it survived)
  • Gauara lindheimeri ‘Crimson’ (gaura, whirling butterflies), 3/11 (gets really leggy, hard prune late summer for continued fall bloom – decided it doesn’t do enough to keep it, looks too similar to other grasses nearby, so digging out)
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (gaura, whirling butterflies), 7/10 (gets really leggy, hard prune late summer for continued fall bloom)
  • Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Rainbow’ (indian feather gaura), 3/13 didn’t get enough water?
  • Helleborus sp. (lenten rose) – passalong plant (janet m.) GA:TX, 3/09 (s u p e r  s l o w  g r o w i n g . . . ) first bloom early 2013. self seeding and nice mounding plants by ’15
  • Helleborus x hybridus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ (winter jewels double hellebore), 3/15
  • Hemerocallis ‘Big Smile’ (daylily), 9/09 (transplanted 10/13)
  • Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Peony’ (daylily), 5/14
  • Hemerocallis ‘Vanilla Fluff’ (daylily), 9/09 (transplanted 10/13)
  • Heuchera (pink coral bells) – passalong plant (becky f.) MI:NY:TX, 8/08 (needs shade in summer, and water)
  • Hibiscus acetosella ‘Haight Ashbury’ (hibiscus), 5/14 (actually flowered black late fall/early winter ’14!, overwintered as house plant, back to garden 5/15
  • Hibiscus coccineus ‘Texas Star’ (hibiscus), 9/09 (beautiful purple-pink-gray bark thru winter)
  • Hibiscus coccineus ‘White Texas Star’ (?)(hibiscus), 3/14, first white bloom on Puma’s grave one year to the day of her passing, 7/19/14. love you puma lou.
  • Iris albicans (white cemetery iris), 9/08 not my favorite. actually flowered spring ’15 (frequent rains)
  • Iris hexagona (dixie or prairie iris) – Peckerwood Garden, 09 (self propagates too easily, major cull ’15)
  • Iris pseudacorus (louisiana iris), passalong plant (joan h.) 9/08 (self propagates too easily, major cull ’15)
  • Jatropha dioca (leatherstem, rubber plant), 2/11 (died completely to ground, but came back up, slowly…)
  • Justica betonica (white shrimp plant), 3/10 (didn’t survive winter ’10-11. actually it did, returned late summer)
  • Justica spicigera (mexican honeysuckle), 9/09
  • Kosteletzkya virginica (salt marsh mallow), 10/11 (bcmg plant swap) oh wait, there it is… 9/13
  • Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’ (lantana), 9/10 (only one of three survived winter ’10-11)
  • Lantana sp. (red/orange lantana), 5/09
  • Leonotis leonurus (lion’s tail), herbal forum, 3/11 (first bloom 9/11) fall bloomer. doesn’t seem to like competition, very small now.
  • Lepechinia hastata (pitcher sage), peckerwood gardens, 5/11 (didn’t take as well as i thought it would, holding on…, several blooms fall ’12. much bigger ’15 due to spring rains.)
  • Leucanthemum ‘Daisy May’ (daisy), 9/10 (gwa proven winners) did not survive fall or winter ’10-11
  • Liatris spicata (blazing star or gayfeather), 9/09 (i haven’t seen this… where did you go in spring ’11?)
  • Lupinus nanus ‘Pixie Delight’ (seeded lupine, near baptisia), 11/14 (not sure if any germinated or not)
  • Lupinsis texensis (bluebonnet), 11/09 from seed, blooming 3/10 (very few plants or blooms spring ’11) remember to seed in november or earlier, along with poppies
  • Lupinsis texensis ‘Maroon’ (bluebonnet), 3/10
  • Marshallia caespitosa (barbara’s buttons), 10/10 (lbjwc native plant sale, first blooming 4/11) disappeared x/13
  • Melampodium leucanthum (blackfoot daisy), 4/15 (doing well in hot spot along roadside, but we also had a nice rainy spring to help establish roots)
  • Monarda ‘Peter’s Purple’ (bee balm), 9/10 – flushing out in 2/11 already… GORGEOUS, but i hope this isn’t invasive (dies back in heat of summer, foliage “sticks” holding on through fall. not many flowers for ’12 nor /13. came back from roots 4/14, made tea from leaves and flowers winter ’14
  • Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ (catmint), spring ’15 (tried to grow it but Dude licked it to death, literally).
  • Orthosiphon sp. (purple cat whiskers), 9/09
  • Oenothera macrocarpa ssp. incana (silver fluttermill), 10/14 (nice silvery foliage. seems the neighborhood rabbit munched on it a bit spring ’15, but foliage came back)
  • Penstemon cobea (foxglove penstemon), 3/12, 3/13 SO COOL! native, big tubular flower, nice waxy green leaves. i have a white one (which i prefer) and a pink one.
  • Penstemon tenuis (gulf coast penstemon), 9/10 (slow to establish, but strong after winter ’10-11. seeds? complete dieback in summer ’11. hopefully shade of beauty berry will pull it through. foliage production ’12, too shady under beautyberry to flower… found a few still growing 9/13. oh my goodness, it’s back with a vengeance spring ’15, must cut seedheads back)
  • Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ (knot weed), 3/13. ’15: am i going to regret planting this…?
  • Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage), 3/15
  • Prunella grandiflora ‘Bella Blue’ (self heal), 3/13 struggling along (succumbed to heat)
  • Pulmonaira sp. (lung wort) – passalong plant (janet m.) GA:TX, 3/09 – too hot, even in the shade? will you return?
  • Pteris cretica (cretian fern), 3/09
  • Rhodea (Japanese sacred lily), fall ’14
  • Rudbeckia maxima (bog coneflower), 6/09 (great long, strong stems, persist through winter, easy to collect seeds) (spring ’11 update: must really LOVE water/wet feet. upgraded drainage in area (and bald cypress trees) has significantly reduced the vigor of this plant… :( no blooms spring or summer ’11, ’12, ’13, still some foliage… please rain. several blooms spring ’14 (a cooler, wetter spring – summer. very little foliage and only 2 or 3 bloom stalks ’15. wonder why… bald cypress root competition?)
  • Ruellia brittoniana (katie ruellia), 9/09 (i hope this isn’t the invasive one)
  • Salvia ‘Amistad’ PPAF (Amistad sage), 11/12 tolerant of heat from drive and road. may definitely needs more water than it gets, also might need more deadheading than i have time for, but great dark purple flower color with black papery bracts. leaves a bit too chartreusey for me but looks great against the sea of black sweet potato vine.
  • Salvia argentea (silver sage), x/13?
  • Salvia ‘Snow Nymph’ (sage), 9/10
  • Salvia blepharophylla (purple leaf sage), 3/10 (herbal forum – seems to need more water than it’s getting)
  • Salvia buchananii (Buchanan’s or Fuschia sage), 3/13 (a lot like ‘Wendy’s Wish’) didn’t like something…
  • Salvia farinacea ‘Evolution’ (sage), 3/13 (not impressed… but it’s in a dry spot – weak & mildew prone)
  • Salvia ‘Golden Girl’ (sage), x/14 (not sure if this made it or not, somewhat overshadowed by pink malva)
  • Salvia greggii ‘Lilac Persimmon’ (autumn sage), 5/14
  • Salvia greggii ‘Raspberry’ (autumn sage), x/14? not sure if still with us.
  • Salvia leucantha ‘Bicolor’ (mexican bush sage), 3/13 – also took a while to flower but well worth the wait. declined with application of woody bark mulch, robbing the soil of all N, so appreciated a side dressing of fertilizer
  • Salvia leucantha ‘Anthony Parker’ (sage), 3/13 – took a while to catch on, first blooms 9/13, looks fantastic! ’14: darn that woody mulch, it robbed the soil of all the N and poor Anthony croaked. darn, i really liked this one, will have to try again.
  • Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Volcano’ (sage), 3/09
  • Salvia madrenis (big yellow sage), 9/08, 5/10 (winter dieback ’10-11, but coming up from root spring ’11. looks pretty interplanted amongst the ‘Arp’ rosemary. flowers in the fall. somewhat easy to propagate)
  • Salvia sp. ‘Wendy’s Wish’ (magenta sage), 3/11 (proven winners says annual except in zones 9-11. spring ’11 update: has tripled in size by 6/11, fades in heat of the day, may prefer pm shade like everything else. cut to ground july or august ’11, can’t stand the heat or full sun condition – kept root in soil, will see if it returns)
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (purple sage), 3/13 too hot
  • Salvia x fruiticosa ‘Nazareth’ (dwarf silver leaf sage), 3/11, (herbal forum, a smaller growing cultivar of ‘Newe Ya’ar’. SO DISAPPOINTING! didn’t survive full sun planting out front.) tried again 3/13. has a nice, yet still small clump of it in very dry, hot area of the garden (roadside) summer ’15. must’ve liked our spring/summer rains.
  • Salvia x fruiticosa ‘Newe Ya’ar’ (aka silver leaf sage), 9/09 (foliage looked great thru winter, awful after flowering mid-summer. best to keep woody growth cut back. left all alone summer ’11, foliage looking great! cut back dead wood. i lovingly refer to this as an eversilver (opposed to evergreen). it also migrates thru the garden, putting down roots where the plant leans over to touch the soil. the momma plant will dieback, but the new roots will ensure that new growth soon replaces here, albeit in a slightly different location.
  • Salvia x jamensis ‘Golden Girl’ (sage), 5/14
  • Salvia ‘Ultra Violet’ (sage), 3/12 very pretty color, bright fuschia pink with glowing purple throat (crowded by rosemary, need to move it. ’15 darn, i didn’t move it quick enough.
  • Scabiosa sp. (pincushion flower), 5/09 (first bloom 5/10; knotty crown growth, yanked it, but coming back)
  • Scutellaria sp. (suffrutescent ‘Texas Rose’?) (dark pink skullcap), 9/09 (lots of dieback. hard to prune w/o ruining form of remaining plant. eh – )
  • Senna alata (candlestick plant), 3/11 – should self-sow. 6/11 update: slow to grow, now approx. 3′ tall. summer-fall ’11: probably 7-8′ tall! long limbs break in high winds, but easy enough to cut them off afterwards. provides shade to plants below. crowding out peach, canna and possumhaw… few butterflies on it (how do they get to the nectar?) but other insects, wasps & bees especially seem to enjoy it. came back late summer ’12, structure & seed pods last thru winter ’12) but very few plants sprouted up in fall ’13, too dry i’m guessing. after fall rains ’13 more growth but won’t have enough to set flower this year I’m sure. don’t recall seeing any in ’14, but i’ve noticed a few plants by 7/15 coming up.
  • Sphaerlacea ambigua ‘Pink’ (pink desert globe mallow), 5/14 (so pretty next to dark purple princess grass). wow, this is a heat performer! blooms non stop.
  • Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’ (lambs ear) 09, 3/10, 12/11 (fading in summer heat, doesn’t like to be by irrigation – must plant higher than surrounding grade to ensure better than adequate drainage)
  • Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (porterweed), 9/09
  • Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (fall aster), 10/11 (lbjwc native plant sale) – first blooms fall ’12, very pretty, attracts pollinators, great for the fall garden. late summer flowering, into fall.
  • Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (new england aster), lbjwc native plant sale, 10/12 These are wonderful in the fall, must plant more
  • Tagetes lemmonii (copper canyon daisy), herbal forum, 3/11 (slow to establish. seems to prefer fall growing conditions. nice fragrance… i guess. flowered spring and fall ’12)
  • Verbascum x hybrida ‘Southern Charm’ (mullein), 3/13 pretty apricot flower, hope this does better next year, seems to want to flower in fall as well (added bonus).
  • Verbena rigida (sandpaper verbena), 3/11 (didn’t transplant well at all, needs constant moisture to establish?)
  • Wedelia texana a.k.a. zexmenia hispida (hairy wedelia, texas creeping oxeye), 9/08 (not freeze hardy? seems to self-sow and grow legs…) late summer bloomer and spreader.

bulbs, corms, tubers, etc:

  • Agapanthus orientalis ‘PMN06′ (Queen Mum lily of the nile), 10/12 no blooms as of 9/13
  • Agapanthus x ‘Ellamae’ (lily of the nile), 09 – foliage died back winter 09/10, came back but didn’t bloom in ’10. no bloom in ’11, needs full sun? no blooms as of 9/13
  • Agapanthus spp. (lily of the nile), 9/10 (not sure if this came back in ’11 or not)
  • Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick flowering onion) – did not come up/bloom spring 2009
  • Caladium ‘Mount Everest’ (caladium), 3/09 – a surprisingly good performer
  • Canna ‘Semaphore’ 1895 (canna), 5/10 – old house gardens (rotted – heat or too much compost…?)
  • Canna ‘Wyoming’ 1906 (canna), 5/10 – old house gardens (planted one wet, one dry… is definitely more robust with constant moisture) 6/11 update: appears to have the canna virus, all leaves reverting to green :( major removal 9/13 but they keep coming back, somewhat purple, not so many flowers this time
  • Crinum sp. ‘Alba’ or ‘J.C. Harvey’ (crinum lily), 9/09 – passalong plant from G.Smith
  • Dahlia ‘Juanita’ 1949 (dahlia), 5/10 – old house gardens (needs pm shade structure – never bloomed but dug to replant next year)
  • Dahlia ‘Lavengro’ 1953 (dahlia), 5/10 – old house gardens (needs pm shade structure – one bloom)
  • Dahlia ‘Prince Noir’ 1954 (dahlia), 5/10 – old house gardens (needs pm shade structure) (bloomed once early summer but couldn’t take the heat)
  • Dahlia ‘Surprise’ 1955 (dahlia), 5/10 – old house gardens (needs pm shade structure – one bloom in 10/10. kept this in the ground over winter ’10-11 and it came back! wahoo! still needs constant moisture & fertilization.)
  • Dahlia ‘Thomas A. Edison’ 1929 (dahlia), 5/10 – old house gardens (rotted – heat or too much compost…?)
  • Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ (pineapple lily), 9/10 (north haven gardens)
  • Eucomis bicolor or autumnalis (pineapple lily) – guessing at species, was unmarked at nursery, 9/09 (seems to want more sun) first bloom 7/15
  • Gladiolus byzantinus (Byzantine gladiola) – passalong plant BCMGA/Curt Oliver, seed bulbs started 2/1, x/13, in pots, need more water, bloomed ’15
  • Habranthus cooperii (copper rain lily), x/13 or x/14 from Curt Oliver
  • Hippeastrum evansiae (yellow amaryllis), 3/13
  • Hippeastrum sp. (amaryllis) – passalong plant (janet m.) GA:TX
  • Hippeastrum sp. ‘Elvas’ (amaryllis), 12/08
  • Hymenocallis liriosme (texas spider lily), 10/10 – passalong plant from Ginny Smith & friends
  • Ipheion uniflorum (spring starflower), 12/10 (??? ’15 not sure it’s here anymore)
  • Lilium x ‘American Eagle’ (lily), 3/10
  • Ledebouria ‘Gary Hammer’ (false scilla), 9/10 (likes heat & humidity. frost sensitive? dark speckled foliage first emerging in 2/11)
  • Lycoris aurea (yellow spider lily), 9/12 (bloomed 10/13 – must invest in more of these for the fall garden. flowers seem to last longer than red spider lilies)
  • Narcissus ‘Hawera’ (daffodil), 11/08 – first bloom 3/10
  • Narcissus jonquilla ‘Sundisc’ (daffodil), 12/10
  • Narcissus tazetta ‘Golden Dawn’ (daffodil), 11/08 – first bloom 3/10
  • Narcissus tazetta ‘Grand Primo’ (paperwhite), 11/08
  • Narcissus tazetta ‘Italicus’ (daffodil), 12/09
  • Narcissus x medioluteus ‘Twin Sisters’ (daffodil), 11/08 – did not bloom spring 2009
  • Leucojum aestivum (snowflake/snowdrop), 11/08 – did not bloom spring 2009, one bloom spring 3/11, 6/11 from Susan P. the foliage lasts forever. too long, gets in the way of summer things.
  • Rhodophiala bifida (oxblood/schoolhouse lily), 9/08, 9/09, 6/11 from Susan Pugh, 11/12 from Curt Oliver, more in x/13
  • Rodophiala bifida ‘PINK’ (oxblood lily), 9/11 (from southern bulb co. – 3 of 3 bloomed red! kind of a bummer)
  • Scadoxus multiflora (blood lily), 9/08, more in 5/09 love the mature foliage 9/13
  • Urginea maritima (giant white squill), 11/14 containers. transplanted to garden i thought in fall of ’14. has yet to bloom. maybe fall ’15.
  • Xanthosoma alba-marginata  ‘Mickey Mouse’ (variegated taro), 11/09 (left out during frost/freeze, oops…)
  • Zepharanthes aurea (yellow rain lily), 11/12 from Curt Oliver
  • Zephranthes drummondii (giant prairie lily), x/13 or x/14 from Curt Oliver. this is a slightly fragrant one if you can get down to smell it. easy to harvest paper-thin seeds.

herbs:

  • Aloysia triphylla (lemon verbena), 9/08, 3/11, 3/12 overwintered & came back ’13
  • Ammi visnaga (khella), 3/10
  • Anethum graveolens ‘Bouquet’ (dill), 11/09 (seeded), self sown spring ’11
  • Borago officinalis (borage), 11/09, 3/13
  • Coriandrum sativum (cilantro), 9/08 (self seeded to ’10 and ’11) seeded spring ’13, 10/13, 11/14
  • Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass), 9/09, 3/13
  • Eucalyptus citriodora ‘Lemon Gum’ (lemon scented gum), 3/11 (doesn’t really do much here, or in a container. my friend kelly k says its stem turns rusty red when mature – she’s in california)
  • Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) 3/10 (from seed?)
  • Foeniculum vulgare ‘Nigra’ (bronze fennel), 3/09, 3/10, 5/10, 10/13
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa var. sabdariffa ‘Thai Red’ (roselle), 4/14 nice harvest late fall ’14. daylength sensitive, so won’t bloom till fall. planted from these seeds spring ’15 but most didn’t germinate. probably harvested seedpods too early. leave on plant this year for the few that i got to germinate.
  • Kitty Queen’s Four Grass Mix (cat grass), container, 3/13
  • Lavendula dentata (french lavender), 3/13
  • Lavendula heterophylla (sweet lavender), 3/12
  • Lavendula minutolli (fern leaf lavender), 3/15 (pretty foliage but has yet to flower)
  • Lavendula multifida (fern leaf lavender), 08 (may die suddenly; treat as an annual)
  • Lavendula x intermedia (provence lavender – or so it says on the label), x/14 or x/15
  • Lavendula x intermedia ‘Grosso’ (fat spike lavender), 3/12 nice batch of blooms 6/13, made a dozen lavender wands
  • Lavendula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ (lavender), 6/14 (gbfpdx freebie (died), also purchased from PDN 8/14) not so phenomenal for central tx
  • Lavendula ‘Goodwin Creek’ (lavender), 3/14
  • Lavandula stoechas ‘Otto Quast’ (spanish lavender), 3/14 (struggling to survive)
  • Laurus nobilis (bay) – container, 08, x/14
  • Melissa officinalis (lemon balm), 08, 3/13. i may regret planting this… spreads like mint
  • Melissa officinalis (lime balm), 3/12
  • Mentha piperita ‘Chocolate’ (mint) – container, 5/09 – escaped to garden bed…!!!
  • Mentha piperita var. ‘Citrata’ (orange mint), 3/15, container
  • Mentha spicata ‘Yerba Buena’ (spearmint) – container, 5/09 – escaped to garden bed…!!!
  • Mentha suaveolens (apple/double mint) – container, 5/09 – escaped to garden bed…!!!
  • Mentha x cordifolia (kentucky colonel mint), container, 3/13
  • Nepeta cataria (catnip), 9/08, 10/09, 3/10, 3/11
  • Nepeta cataria (lemon catnip), 3/13
  • Nepeta sp. ‘Six Hills Giant’ (catmint), 3/15 (Dude literally licked it to death. all three plants)
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘African Blue’ (basil), herbal forum, 3/11, 3/12, 3/13, 3/14 (really tough. BIG basil. not as pungent as sweet basil)
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst’ (basil), 3/12 – didn’t hold purple color very well
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Blue Spice’ (basil), 5/13? – interesting fragrance, probably not for cooking. flowers not blue but a lilac-like purple. came back from self-sown seeds in ’15 – so skipped a year, perhaps spring rains made it happy again.
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Cardinal’ (basil), 5/13, 5/14 from cutting – beautiful and tasty, just starting to flower 9/13 LOVE THIS one – dark stems, cool triangular shaped and dark purple flower formation late in the season. Full & compact. Will blow over in heavy wind though… of course it wasn’t available at the ’15 herbal forum, and the plants i tried to propagate died
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘citriodorum’ (lemon basil), 09, 2/10 (seems to have self sown, back in ’15)
  • Ocimum basilicum citriodorum ‘Mrs. Burns lemon’ (basil), 3/13
  • Ocimum basilicum (basil), 09, 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’ (basil), 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’ (basil), 3/11, 3/14, 3/15
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Lime’ (basil), 2/10 (poor germination)
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Pistou’ (basil), 09, 2/10 (poor germination)
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Purple Globe’ (basil), herbal forum, 3/11 (this is a dwarf like ‘Pistou’ but with purple flowers)
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Purple Ruffles’ (basil), 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Red Leaf’ (purple basil), 09, 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Red Rubin’ (basil), 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Summerlong’ (basil), 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Sweet’ (basil), 2/10
  • Ocimum basilicum ‘Sweet Aussie’ (basil), 3/12
  • Ocimum sanctum ‘Tulsi’ (holy basil), 5/14 (omg this is so pretty – spent flower heads have a purplish cast to them, with magenta purple veination on the foliage. unfortunately, none of the plants i propagated late fall ’14 survived till spring ’15. not available at ’15 herbal forum, drat.)
  • Ocimum sp. ‘Bell Pepper’ (basil), 9/09
  • Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’ (oregano), 3/12 – pretty
  • Origanum ‘Bristol’ (santa cruz sage), 3/13
  • Origanum ‘Hopley’s (oregano), 3/13(?) – pretty purple flowers
  • Origanum ‘Hot & Spicy’ (oregano), 3/12 – smells great
  • Origanum sp. (oregano), 9/08
  • Origanum x majoricum ‘Hilltop’ (oregano), 9/09 succumbed to “dead” spot
  • Pelargonium citronella (scented geranuim), 3/15 (why do i even bother – have never had luck with these, need too much water or something)
  • Pelargonium ‘Orange Fizz’ (scented geranium), 3/12 – container, needed too frequent watering
  • Petroselinum crispum (parsley), 9/08, 11/09, x/12
  • Petroselinum crispum (curled parsley), 10/13
  • Petroselinum crispum ‘Italian Giant’ (parsley), 10/13
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’ (upright rosemary), x/09, x/10, 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Blue Lady’ (trailing rosemary), 9/09
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Fox Tail’ (rosemary), 3/13
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Madelene Hill’ (a.k.a. ‘Hill Hardy’), 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Spice Islands’ (rosemary), 3/11
  • Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ (upright rosemary), 5/09
  • Salvia chamaedryoides (gray shrub sage), 3/13 (crowded out by rosemary, we’ll see if it takes. ’15, small, not so happy)
  • Salvia clevelandii (cleveland sage), 3/12 very fragrant foliage (even from afar on the wind), gorgeous & unique tubular blue-purple flowers. beautiful giant clump died back either winter of ’13 or ’14. bought a new plant 3/15
  • Salvia elegans (pineapple sage), herbal forum, 3/11
  • Salvia elegans (peach sage), 3/12 – red flowers, did really well with afternoon shade, lasted thru fall & into winter. major dieback 9/13, tried to propagate but nothing took. Stems that touched ground rooted themselves, back in business.
  • Salvia sp. ‘Berggarten’ (sage), 3/13 not happy
  • Salvia x fruiticosa ‘Nazareth’ (dwarf silver leaf sage), 3/11 (herbal forum, a smaller growing cultivar of ‘Newe Ya’ar’), trying again in 3/13. nice small clump by ’15, appreciates a bit of rain.
  • Salvia x fruiticosa ‘Newe Ya’ar’ (aka silver leaf sage), 9/09 (foliage looked great thru winter, awful after flowering mid-summer. best to keep woody growth cut back. will root wherever stems touch soil, so this plant moves…)
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (purple sage), 3/13 too hot
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Rosea’ (sage), 5/15 (not sure if survived?)
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’ (tricolor sage), 3/13
  • Sorrel ‘French’ (sorrel), 10/10 (good through following spring. die back in summer heat), x/12
  • Stevia rebaudiana (sweet leaf), 10/09 (comes back after winter die back, will take a hard pruning)
  • Tagetes lucida (mexican mint marigold), 9/08 (great yellow fall bloomer. dies back in winter)
  • Thymus vulgaris ‘English Wedgewood’ (thyme), 5/14
  • Thymus vulgaris ‘Foxley’ (thyme), 3/12
  • Thymus vulgaris ‘Golden Lemon’ (thyme), 3/09 (drought)
  • Thymus vulgaris ‘Lemon Mist’ (thyme), 3/13
  • Thymus vulgaris ‘Orange Balsam’ (thyme), 3/12

fruit/vegetables:

  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Bowling Red’ (okra), 5/14, 5/15
  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Burgundy’ (okra), 5/14, 5/15
  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Hill Country Red’ (okra), 5/14 (these pods are more squat and round than the others, not as red), 5/15?
  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Jing Orange’ (okra), 5/14, 5/15
  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Red Burgundy’ (okra), 5/15
  • Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Silver Queen’ (okra), 5/14 (boring, white pods)
  • Allium ‘Ajo Rojo’ (creole garlic), 10/12, 11/14 – supposed to be hot, sweet, flavorful. tasty
  • Allium ‘Spanish Benitee’ (spanish garlic), 11/14 (red but small bulb harvest)
  • Allium ‘Chesnok Red’ (a purple stripe garlic), 10/10 (first harvest late 5/11), PRETTY! 10/11
  • Allium ‘German White’ (a porcelain garlic), 10/10 (producing scapes 6/11), 10/11
  • Allium ‘Inchelium Red’ (an artichoke garlic), 10/10 (first harvest late 5/11), TASTY! big bulbs, 10/11
  • Allium ‘Lorz Italian’ (an artichoke garlic), 10/10 (first harvest late 5/11), TASTY! pungent, small bulbs, 10/11
  • Allium ‘Metechi’ (a marbled purple stripe garlic), 10/10 (producing scapes ? 6/11), TASTY! big bulbs, 10/11
  • Allium ‘Siciliano’ (an artichoke garlic), 10/10 (first harvest late 5/11), small bulbs, 10/11
  • Allium ‘Sonoran’ (an asiatic garlic), 10/10 (first harvest late 5/11), small bulbs? 10/11
  • Allium ascalonicum (shallot), 11/09
  • Allium cepa ‘Pinot Rouge’ (onion), 10/10 (harvest mid 5/11) collected seeds and planted again, 9/11
  • Allium cepa ‘Red Creole’ (onion), 3/15? (planted too late, at harvest bulbs were more like shallot size)
  • Allium sativum ophioscorodon ‘Purple Stripe’ (hardneck garlic), 11/08 – NY:TX
  • Allium sativum ophioscorodon ‘Rocambole’ (hardneck garlic), 11/08 – NY:TX
  • Allium sativum sp (garlic on the counter – from NY or grocery store…?), 1/10
  • Allium tuberosum (garlic chives), 9/09
  • Asparagus officinalis ‘Jersey Knight’ (asparagus), 3/11
  • Basella rubra (Malabar spinach), 6/11 – passalong plant from Donna M. holy cow, this will take over the entire trellis if you let it. taking over again 9/13
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Bright Lights’ (Swiss chard), 08, 09, 10 (same plant started from a six pack!)
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Bright Lights’ (Swiss chard), 2/11 – PINK fall ’11 – 9/12, 10/13
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Bull’s Blood’ (beet), 10/13
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Magenta Sunset’ (chard), 10/13
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Prima Rossa’ (chard), x/14 (beautiful red foliage – some still growing 7/15
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Gorumet Blend’ (beet), 9/12
  • Beta vulgaris ‘Red Ace’ (beet), 2/09, 10/09
  • Brassica juncea (purple mustard), seeded 3/11
  • Brassica juncea ‘Osaka Purple’ (mustard), 10/13
  • Brassica juncea ‘Purple Wave’ (mustard), 10/13
  • Brassica juncea ‘Red Streak’ (mustard), x/14
  • Brassica juncea ‘Ruby Streaks’ (mustard), 10/13
  • Brassica oleracea ‘De Cicco’ (broccoli), 2/09
  • Brassica oleracea ‘Colorup Red’ (kale), 11/09 – container
  • Brassica oleracea ‘Colorup Purple’ (kale), 10/08, 11/09 – container
  • Brassica oleracea ‘Coral Queen’ (kale), 11/09 – container
  • Brassica oleracea ‘Express Red’ (cabbage), 9/12 produced, small but pretty cabbage heads
  • Brassica oleracea var. acephala ‘Redbor’ (kale), 10/08 – container
  • Brassica oleracea var. botrytis ‘Violet Queen’ (cauliflower), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Blue Knight’ (kale), 10/10 (one of these lasted through summer drought ’11, keeping on through fall!)
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Blue Vantage’ (cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Chidori Red’ (ornamental cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Coral Queen’ (kale), 10/13
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Crane Mix’ (ornamental cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Express Red’ (cabbage), 9/12 (more purple than red, pretty)
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Glamour Red’ (kale), 10/13
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Jewel’ (cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata (?) ‘Little Jade’ (baby Napa cabbage), x/12
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Nagoya Rose’ (ornamental kale), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Osaka’ (ornamental cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Peacock Red’ (ornamental kale), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Ruby Dynasty’ (cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Stonehead’ (cabbage), 10/10 (awesome. doing well through 5/11 in shade)
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata ‘Tenderheart’ (napa cabbage), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata (?) ‘Tronchuda Beira’ (Portuguese Kale), 3/12 – produced thru summer and winter – best in cooler months
  • Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera ‘Jade Cross’ (brussels sprouts), 10/10 (mice or rats ate them right off the stalk)
  • Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes ‘Early Purple’ (kolhrabi), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Apollo’ (broccoli), 10/10
  • Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Calabrese’ (broccoli), 2/11, 9/12
  • Brassica  rapa ‘Oriental Green’ (tatsoi), 10/10
  • Brassica rapa ‘Spring Rapini’ (broccoli raab), x/14-15
  • Brassica rapa ‘Red Voilet’ (Violet? Tatsoi), 10/13
  • Capsicum annum ‘Ancho’ (pepper), 5/13
  • Capsicum annum ‘Boldog Hungarian Spice’ (pepper), 3/11 (producing peppers 10/11)
  • Capsicum annum ‘Casabella’ (pepper), 3/11 (producing peppers 10/11)
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Domain’ (bell pepper), 09
  • Capsicum annum ‘Jemez’ (chile pepper), from native seed search, seeded 4/13, planted but haven’t produced
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Lipstick’ (sweet pimento pepper), 09
  • Capsicum annum ‘Mulato Isleno’ (pepper), 3/11 (producing peppers 10/11)
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Muscato’ (bell pepper), 09
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Sun Roy’ (green yellow pepper), 09
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Bolivian’ (ornamental purple pepper ), 3/10 – this is a SPECTACULAR ornamental pepper. drought tolerant. small purple-red fruit. variegated foliage. gorgeous.
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Mucho Nacho’ (jalapeno pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Pimento’ (sweet pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annum ‘Purple Flash’ (ornamental purple pepper), 10/13, transplanted from pot to garden, x/15
  • Capsicum annum ‘Chilly Chili’ (ornamental pepper), 3/11 – not so thrilled with this ornamental pepper – red and yellow on same plant – eh
  • Capiscum annuum ‘Pasilla Bajio’ (chile pepper), 5/14
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Pretty in Purple’ (ornamental purple pepper), 3/10, 3/11 – not so thrilled with this ornamental pepper. green all thru summer, small fruit that is hidden by foliage
  • Capsicum annum ‘Purple Flash’ (ornamental purple pepper), 5/13 -transplanted in 7/13, didn’t make the move
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Red Cherry’ (pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Summer’ (sweet pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Sweet Chocolate’ ( sweet pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annum ‘Sweet Chocolate’ (sweet chocolate pepper), 3/14
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Tobasco’ (hot pepper), 3/10
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Variegated’ (ornamental purple pepper), 3/10
  • Citrellus lanatus ‘Moon and Stars’ (watermelon), 5/09
  • Chenopodium giganteum ‘Magentaspreen’ (giant goosefoot or lambsquarter), 3/15 (not sure if germinated or if accidentally weeded out)
  • Cucumis sativus ‘Homemade Pickles’ (cucumber/pickles), 4/13 insects or drought, nothing produced
  • Cucumis sativus ‘Spacemaster’ (cucumber), 4/13 insects or drought, nothing produced
  • Cucumis sativus ‘Straight 8′ (cucumber), 09
  • Cucumis sativus ‘Thunder’ (cucumber), 3/10 (very productive)
  • Cucumis sativus ‘Thunder’ (cucumber), 3/11 (horrible this year, drought?)
  • Cucumis ‘Savor’ (charentais melon), 3/11
  • Cucurbita sp. (sphaghetti squash), 3/11
  • Cucurbita moschata ‘Metro’ (winter butternut squash) squash borer, 09
  • Cucurbita pepo ‘Cashflow’ (zucchini squash) squsah borer, 09
  • Curcurbita pepo ‘Emerald Delight’ (summer squash), 4/13 insects or drought, nothing produced
  • Cucurbita pepo ‘Italiano Largo’ (hybrid summer squash) squash borer, 09
  • Cucurbita pepo ‘Ortolana di Faenza’ (heriloom Italian zucchini), 4/14
  • Cucurbita spp. ‘Black Beauty’ (summer squash) squash borer
  • Cucurbita spp. ‘Baby Bear’ (pumpkin), 09 (squash borer), 8/10, seeds emerging 2/11
  • Cucurbita spp. ‘Baby Bear’ (pumpkin), 9/12
  • Cynara sp. (cardoon), 3/13, x/14
  • Cynara cardunculus ‘Green Globe’ (giant artichoke), 5/09 (using as perennial/shrub) succumbed to drought ’11
  • Cynara scolymus ‘Violetto’ (artichoke), x/14
  • Daucus carota spp. sativus ‘Tendersweet’ (carrot), 08, 11/09
  • Daucus carota ‘Atomic Red’ (carrot), 2/11, 10/11
  • Dacus carota sativus ‘Carnival Blend’ (carrots), 10/13, 11/14
  • Daucus carota ‘Dragon’ (purple carrot), 2/11, 10/11
  • Daucus carota ‘Paris Market’ (carrot), 2/11, 10/11
  • Diplotaxis erucoides (wasabi arugula), 3/12 – produced through all but the hottest of summer, into winter
  • Eruca sativa ‘Slow Bolt’ (arugula), 10/10
  • Eruca sativa (arugula), 2/11
  • Eruca sativa (arugula), 10/13
  • Fragaria vesca ‘Chandler’ (strawberry), x/15 (passalongs too late in season. had one beautiful berry thanks to rain, but a critter got it before i could)
  • Fragaria ‘Everbearing’ (strawberry), 11/09, 9/12
  • Fragaria ‘Sequta’ (strawberry), 11/09
  • Glycine max ‘Envy’ (edamame), 3/14, did not germinate
  • Latuca sativa ‘Baby Red Mix’ (lettuce), 3/09, 9/09
  • Latuca sativa ‘Five Variety Blend’ (lettuce), 10/13
  • Lactuca sativa ‘Merveille de Quatre Saisons’ (lettuce), x/12
  • Latuca sativa ‘Summer Mix’ (lettuce), 3/09, 9/09
  • Malabor basella ‘Alba’ (climbing spinach), 10/08 – container
  • Malabar basella ‘Rubra’ (climbing spinach), 9/11 (OMG this is so aggressive…!)
  • Perilla frutescens (red shiso), x/14, a few came back from seed mid summer ’15
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Blue Coco’ (pole bean), 3/14 pretty purple pods, 4/15
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Hidatsa Shield Figure’ (bean), seed saver’s exchange, 3/11, 4/11, 9/11 (rolly poly bugs will eat young plants, protect or else…), 9/12 (too late)
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Rich Purple Pod’ (heirloom pole bean), 3/15 (pretty and tasty)
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Speckled Cranberry’ (bean), seed saver’s exchange, 3/11, 4/11, 9/11 (pretty dried beans! hoping for a better fall crop…?), 9/12 (too late)
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Tendergreen’ (bean), 9/09 (lasted until frost of 12/09)
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Tiger’s Eye’ (bush bean), 9/12
  • Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Trionfo Violetto’ (purple pole bean), 3/12 – pill bugs ate em all, put sluggo down next time
  • Physalis ixocarpa ‘Gigante’ (tomatillo), 2/10 (poor seed germination)
  • Physalis ixocarpa ‘Pineapple’ (tomatillo), 2/10 (poor seed germination)
  • Physalis ixocarpa ‘Toma Verde’ (tomatillo) never produced fruit, too hot, 09
  • Physalis ixocarpa ‘Two Color Fiesta’ – Heirloom Purple and Toma Verde Green – (tomatillo), x/12 – produced twice this summer, particularly after our long hot summer
  • Physalis ixocarpa ‘Purple Coban’ (tomatillo), 5/15 (still waiting on fruit 7/15)
  • Physalis izocarpa (tomatillo), x/13 – came up from last year’s seeds starting in 8/13 (darn those rodents!)
  • Pisum sativum var. sativum ‘Progress #9′ (pea), 9/12 (too late? harvested a few)
  • Pisum sativum ‘Sugarsnap’ (peas) – NY:TX, 2/09, 2/10,
  • Pisum sativum ‘Sugarsnap’ (peas) 2/11 (4 of 50 planted seeds germinated, even with overnight soaking. innoculate next year)
  • Raphanus sativus (daikon), 9/09
  • Raphanus sativus ‘Misato Rose’ (radish), seeded 10/13, we’ll see if they make this late, 11/14 (little germination)
  • Raphanus sativus ‘Munich Bier’ (radish), 10/09, 2/11, 10/11
  • Raphanus sativus ‘Red Meat’ (radish), 2/09, 10/11
  • Rheum rhabarbarum ‘Victoria’ (rhubarb), 10/10
  • Rubus ‘Brazos’ (blackberry), 1/09 (HOLY THORNS! finally removed them fall’12)
  • Rubus ‘Kiowa’ (blackberry), 1/09 (BIG berries, but THORNY growth, removed fall’12)
  • Rubus ‘Navaho’ (blackberry), 1/09 (thornless – so much easier to manage!)
  • Rubus ‘Raspberry Shortcake’ (thorn less “brazelberry”), 10/12, container
  • Rumex sanguineus ‘Bloody Dock’ (sorrel), x/14
  • Rumex scutatus (French sorrel), x/xx, x/14 (dies back, gotta plant every year)
  • Solanum melongena ‘Black Bell II’ (eggplant), 3/11 (production slows down in high heat/drought, comes back once temps cool down. beautiful produce)
  • Solanum melongena ‘Prosperosa’ (eggplant), 3/11 (purple/white variety. production slows down in high heat/drought, comes back once temps cool down – but smaller fruit than ‘Black Bell’)
  • Solanum melongena‘India Paint’ (eggplant), 09
  • Solanum melongena ‘Nadia’ (eggplant), 5/14
  • Solanum melongena ‘Raveena’ (eggplant), 4/13 (ants & rodents seem to get em first)
  • Solanum melongena ‘Rosa Bianca’ (eggplant), 4/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Black Cherry’ (tomato), 09, 5/15 (planted too late; leaf footed bugs keep sucking out the goods before i can get to them. trying netting)
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Black Pineapple’ (tomato), 09
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Brandywine’ (tomato), 09
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Celebrity’ (tomato), 8/10
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Early Wonder’ (tomato), 3/11
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Flame Jaune’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Fletcher’ (tomato), 8/10
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Fox Cherry’ (tomato), 09
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘German Johnson’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Isis Candy’ (tomato), 3/12 – late, production (if any), too skinny, not much flavor
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Juliet’ (tomato), 3/11 (sort of pruned early summer. no produce through summer heat. pruned some more late summer. some fruit late 10/11)
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Mandarin Cross’ (Japanese slicing tomato), x/12 – decent production, okay flavor
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Mariana’s Peace’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’ (tomato), 3/14, came back from seed in compost pile ’15
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Momataro’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Mortgage Lifter’ (VFN tomato), 3/14
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Mr. Stripey’ (tomato), 3/11
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Persimmon’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Sun Gold’ (tomato),09, 4/10
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Sun Sugar‘ (tomato), 3/11
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Tycoon’ (tomato), 3/13
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Golden Rave’ (vine, paste tomato), 3/10
  • Solanum lycopersicum ‘Viva Italia’ (vine, paste tomato), 3/10
  • Solanum tuberosum ‘Red’ and ‘Kennebec’ (potato), 3/13
  • Sorghum bicolor (mixed colors broomcorn), 3/11 – not much color to brooms until evening temps drop below 70, 10/11
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Bloomsdale’ (spinach), 10/13
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Long Standing Bloomsdale’ (spinach), 3/14
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Indian Summer’ (spinach), 2/10, 2/11, 10/11
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Oriental Giant’ (Japanese spinach), 9/12, 9/13 long cutting season when it actually germinates…
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Summer Perfection’ (long-standing spinach), 9/12, 9/13 long cutting season when it actually germinates
  • Spinacia oleracea ‘Reddy Hybrid’ (spinach), 2/10, 2/11 10/11
  • Vaccinum ‘Peach Sorbet’ (blueberry “brazelberry”), 10/12 container
  • Vitis labrusca ‘Black Spanish’ (Lenoir grape), 1/10

vines:

  • Aristolochia fimbriata (Fimbriata Dutchman’s Pipe – groundcover), 11/09 (was doing great, died overnight. WHY? some came back, doesn’t seem to be doing much. ants? back in ’14 or did i plant more? starting to cover some ground by ’15. has possibly the coolest seed vessel ever – much like an upsidedown umbrella. spreading seeds throughout the garden. love love love the fine variegation on the leaves. no swallowtail caterpillars, yet…)
  • Dolichos lablab (purple hyacinth bean), 09, self-seeded in ’10, ’11 – weaker each year. late fummer ’11 – surprising to see where it’s doing great, and i don’t recall planting them there. one vine ’13
  • Ipomoea batatta ‘Blackie’ (purple sweet potato vine), 3/10 (will TAKE OVER if you let it… came back after winter ’10-11. after having come back after most winters in summer, by ’15 it’s no longer an aggressive issue. )
  • Malabar basella ‘Rubra’ (climbing spinach), 9/11tried to get rid of, (not) surprising comeback late summer ’13
  • Mascagnia macroptera (mexican butterfly vine), 9/09 (survived winter ’09-10, ’10-11 but very slow to return) seed heads look like butterflies
  • Passiflora caerulea ‘Constance Elliott’ (white passionflower vine), 9/09 (survived winter ’09/10, ’10-11 but the gulf fritiliary butterflies probably knocked it back the most. slow to recover. still no flowers 10/11, but hopeful). few flowers but the roots are PROLIFIC! vines coming up EVERYWHERE, will take over. stems 2″ diameter or more… oh dear… major culling ’15
  • Passiflora foetida (native passionvine), 3/14, all seeds germinated! now what to do with all the plants… potted from 4″ pots to 1 gallon sizes for now… they’re starting to climb…
  • Senecio confusus or Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides (Mexican flame vine), 9/08, easy to propagate and cut back when necessary
  • Vitis labrusca ‘Black Spanish’ (Lenoir grape), 1/10 – first harvest 7/12 and late harvest 11-12/12

adopted “weeds” a.k.a. natives to disturbed areas:

  • Amaranthus sp. (amaranth), ’15 keeping only the pretty ones
  • Commelina erecta (erect dayflower/blue spiderwort)
  • Eupatorium serotinum (late-flowering boneset), summer ’14, ’15 (wow, huge… definitely a pollinator attractor when it finally blooms late summer. self seeds…)
  • Helianthus annus (wild sunflower), ’14, ’15
  • Heterotheca subaxillaris (golden aster), blooming late summer ’13
  • Leontopodium alpinum (Edelweiss), all over the front garden beds spring 2014, ’15
  • Melilotus albus (white sweet clover), spring ’14 (pollinator magnet)
  • Pyrrhopappus multicaulis (texas dandelion, manystem false dandelion), blooming 3/11 – ’15

annuals:

  • Abutilon ‘Marilyn’s Choice’ (false maple), 3/14 (container)
  • Abutilon ‘Vesuvius’ (false maple), 3/14 (container)
  • Amaranthus cuentus ‘Hot Biscuits’ (amaranth), 5/11
  • Anigozanthos flavidus (orange kangaroo paw), 5/09 – container, flowered only once
  • Avena sativa (cat grass), 9/08
  • Calibrachoa hybrid ‘Superbells Yellow’ (petunia), 2/11 (grubs seem to be eating their roots. fire ants making nests in their root ball…? appears to want additional fertilizer to grow and bloom here)
  • Capsicum annum ‘Purple Flash’ (ornamental purple pepper), 10/13
  • Celosia plumosa (apricot celosia), 6/15
  • Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’ (cleome), 4/14 from neighbor Sam
  • Coleus (coleus), 5/11
  • Coleus ‘Copper Sunset’ (coleus), 6/14 container (looks great with fox rock. propagated, overwintered, planted again ’15)
  • Coleus ‘Fishnet Stockings’ (coleus), 6/14 container. propagated, overwintered, planted again ’15
  • Coleus ‘Grape Expectations’ (coleus), 6/14 container. propagated, overwintered, planted again ’15
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus ‘Chocamocha’ (cosmos), 4/14 YAY, finally found it! came back from the root ’15
  • Delphinium ‘Black Knight’ (pacific giant delphinium), 3/15 (i know, i know… but they were so pretty i couldn’t resist. lasted a month or two in the front door containers)
  • Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Mix’ (foxgloves), 4/14 surprised they actually (finally!) bloomed, but we had a nice long cool and somewhat regular rainy spring. Need lots of water. Blooming again in AUGUST!
  • Dolichos lablab (purple hyacinth bean), 09, self-seeded in ’10, ’11, weaker each year (none by ’15)
  • Eschscholzia californica (california poppy), 09
  • Euphorbia ‘Breathless Blush’ (euphorbia), 3/10 (likes shade, especially it’s crown shaded)
  • Gazania rigens (treasure flower), 9/08
  • Gerbera jamesonii (gerbera daisy), 09, 3/10
  • Gomphrena decumbens (hairy bachelor’s buttons), 3/13 supposed to make tiny purple flowers, still waiting as of 9/13 for any of the 3 plants to flower… finally start to mid October when evenings are cool. Definitely an UNDERperformer.
  • Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’ (pink globe amaranth, bachelor’s buttons), 3/13
  • Helianthus annuus ‘Autumn Beauty’ (sunflower) seed heads lasted until august, 09, self-sown ’10, self-sown in ’11
  • Helianthus annuus ‘Baby Bear’ (sunflower) seed heads lasted until august, 09, self-sown ’10, self-sown in ’11
  • Helianthus annus (both varieties above) self seeded, spring ’11 plants average 10-12′ tall, in raised bed. birds (and rodents…) LOVE them. seem to be attracting lots of beneficial insects as well (also seem to attract rodents, not so awesome…)
  • Helianthus annus ‘Cinnamon Sun’ (sunflower), 4/14
  • Helianthus annus ‘Van Gogh’ (sunflower), 4/14
  • Hunnemannia fumarifolia (Mexican tulip poppy), 3/14 seeded… not sure if planted too late
  • Ipomoea batatta ‘Blackie’ (purple sweet potato vine), 3/10 (really, it will TAKE OVER…! two 4″ plants covered 30 feet length or so by 8/10…), 3/11
  • Justicia sp. ‘Lemon Sorbet’ (shrimp plant), 9/09
  • Lantana ‘Luscious Lemonade’ (lantana), 8/10 (“good luck…” on tag. rescue plant)
  • Lythrus odoratus ‘April in Paris’ (sweet peas), x/12 – planted too late
  • Lythrus odoratus ‘Prince Edward of York’ (sweet peas), x/14
  • Lythrus odoratus ‘Zinfandel’ (sweet peas), x/12 – planted too late (?) but bloomed spring ’13, pretty
  • Matthiola incana (stock), 3/10
  • Nigella papillosa (syn. N. Hispanica) ‘Bridal Veil White’ (nigella, mist flower), x/12 from seed, no takers once transpltd
  • Oxalis triangularis (purple shamrock), container, 3/13 (seems to die back in heat, not sure if bounces back or not), 10/13. it comes back… ’15 in several containers and the raised veg bed
  • Oxypetalum (heaven born), 3/13 light blue purple flower. sadly, did not survive. water issue?
  • Papaver soniferm (poppy), x/11, x/12 from ginny and elmer, ’13, ’14
  • Papaver soniferum (black seeded poppy), 12/12 (planted from seed vault, purchased prior to ’05?) purple w/dark purple blotches
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Black Swan’ (poppy), x/14 (only a few germinated, and they had a much later bloom period, collected seed)
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Giganteum’ (poppy), 12/12 (planted from seed vault, purchased prior to ’05?)
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Glabrum’ (poppy), 12/12 (planted from seed vault, purchased prior to ’05?)
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Hens & Chicks’ (poppy), 12/12 (planted from seed vault, purchased prior to ’05?) pink w/purple blotches
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Hungarian Blue’ (poppy), x/14 (gorgeous big pink blooms and seedpods, collected seed)
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ (poppy), 12/12 blooming 5/13. rodents ate all the mature seedpods I was saving for seed
  • Papaver soniferum ‘Tasmanian’ (poppy), 12/12 (planted from seed vault, purchased prior to ’05?) white flowers w/purple splotches, some white, some pale pink, all singles
  • Petunia x hybrida (petunia), 09 – seed blew in from neighbor’s yard, perennializing?
  • Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ (castor bean), 3/15 (supposed to be a dwarf at 5′)
  • Ricinus communis ‘Red Giant’ (castor bean), 3/15
  • Salvia guaranitica ‘Black & Blue’ (salvia), 11/09, 3/10
  • Scirpus cernuus (fiber optic grass), 03/10 (not enough water, sweet potato vine competition)
  • Senecio cineraria (dusty miller), 11/11
  • Sorghum bicolor (mixed colors broomcorn), 3/11, x/12 self-seeded
  • Stemodia tomentosa (wooly stemodia), hanging pot, 9/10
  • Strobilanthes dyerianus (persian shield) – container
  • Tagetes patula x erecta ‘Summer Splash’ (marigolds), seeded 4/13, only one germinated but is blooming in garden
  • Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Fiesta del Sol’ (mexican sun flower), 3/10 (stays compact 24-30″ tall, but covered with powdery mildew, yanked it)
  • Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Goldfinger’ (mexican sun flower), 3/10 (re-seeded/two rounds per year…? only a few plants germinated spring ’11. seem to respond to deadheading for continual blooms. butterflies seem to appreciate that)
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Alaska Mix’ (nasturtium), ’08, ’09, ’10
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Cherries Jubilee’ (nasturtium), 3/12, 4/15
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Creamsicle’ (nasturtium), 3/12
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Copper Sunset’ (nasturtium), 4/14, 4/15
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Cup of Sun’ (nasturtium), 4/15
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Moonlight’ (nasturtium), 4/15 (still flowering 7/15, wow)
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’ (nasturtium), 09 – poor performer. poor soil?
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Spitfire’ (nasturtium), 4/13, 4/15
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Vanilla Berry’ (nasturtium), 3/12
  • Tropaeolum majus ‘Whirlybird Mix’ (nasturtium), 4/13
  • Viola x wittrockiana (pansy), 11/09 – container
  • Viola x wittrockiana ‘Colossus Tricolor’ (pansy), 11/11
  • Verbena bonariensis (butterfly verbena), 3/10 (herbal forum, per-annual? looking robust spring 3/11), self seeded into ’12 and ’13 and ’14… ’15
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Apricot Blush’, 5/11 (from seeds, germinated & bloomed best direct-seeded), 6/15 (poor germination, old seed)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ (zinnia), 08 LOVE THESE!
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Berry Basket’ (zinnia), 6/15 (poor germination, new seed)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Bling Bling’ (zinnia), 5/13 (disappointing, didn’t want to be upright)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Blue Point’ (florist’s zinnia), 4/14, 6/15 (poor germination)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Cabaret’ (double cutting zinnia), 4/14, 6/15 (poor germination this year)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Fireball Blend’ (zinnia), 5/13 (disappointing)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Green Envy’, 5/11 LOVE THESE!
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Little Lion’ (zinnia), 5/13 (amazing!)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Northern Lights Blend’ (zinnia), 6/15 (nice)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Persian Carpet’ (butterfly zinnia), 4/14 (so so so tiny… disappointing)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Polar Bear’, 5/11 (this was the best performer of the ’11 zinnas. not many insects seemed to visit the blooms though), x/12 LOVE THESE!
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Raggedy Anne’ (cactus zinnia), 4/14 (love these), 5/15  (few germinated)
  • Zinnia elegans ‘Raspberry Sorbet’ (zinnia), x/12

houseplants:

  • Alpinia ‘Midnight’ (ginger), 3/10 (@ mr.grwhryrpltd’s office. does much better with reverse-osmosis water. by ’15 it’s back at home trying to recover from neglect.)
  • Begonia sp. (angelwing begonia), 3/11 (with small white dots on leaves) oh how i love the angelwings… amazingly large leaves summer of ’15 with all the rain and humidity
  • Begonia sp. ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ (?) (angelwing begonia), 9/08
  • Hippeastrum ‘Emerald’ (amaryllis), 12/09 (transplanted to garden)
  • Hippeastrum ‘Green Goddess’ (amaryllis), 12/09 (transplanted to garden)
  • Hippeastrum ‘Zombie’ (amaryllis), 12/09 (transplanted to garden)
  • Jasminum sambac ‘Maid of Orleans’ (jasmine), 10/08 (’15 wow, how it loves the rain and humidity, so fragrant in the summer evenings.)
  • Peniocereus gregii (night-blooming cereus) – container, 7/09
  • Philodendron scandens (heart leaf philodendron), 2/09
  • Sanseveria trifasciata ‘Bird’s Nest’ (sanseveria), 9/09
  • Sanseveria trifasciata (mother-in-law’s tongue), 9/09. decided in early ’15 that i never much cared for this plant, and let it go.
  • Selaginella uncinata ‘Peacock’ (moss fern), 9/10 (does not like our water, needs humidity – tried to rescue w/RO water but that didn’t work either)
  • Schefflera elegantissima (false aralia), container, x/12 or x/13. doesn’t seem to like crowding. sorry.
  • Spathiphyllum sp. (peace lily), 12/0
  • Zygocactus (Christmas cactus), 12/13