What’s Blooming? Late Summer Edition

Cooler temperatures make late Summer a great time to visit the gardens! And just because Fall is on the way doesn’t mean these wonderful native plants are done blooming.

What do you do when you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place? This Shaggy Portulaca found itself in just such a predicament several weeks ago. Using the hard obstacle that once trapped it as a stepping stone, this native succulent grew to heights not possible without the help of the boulder. Now, it displays the showiest pink flowers in the garden’s amphitheater.

Shaggy Portulaca

Some days the garden’s true beauty can’t be seen with a quick glance. Its essence doesn’t lie in one colorful wildflower or one fruiting tree but in every blade of grass, fallen leaf and creature that hides in the shadows. Come by and listen to the story the garden has to tell you.

What’s the BUZZ around here? The bees in the garden are enjoying the sunshine and Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lancelolata) blooms.

Bee & Flameleaf Sumac

The Flameleaf Sumacs are ‘berry’ excited for the Fall Equinox. Marking the start of autumn, “equinox” was derived from latin meaning “equal night” because on this day night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours.

Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lancelolata)

Gayfeather (Liatris spicata) grows erect with fluffy purple florets growing at the top and linear grass-like leaves growing at the base. Due to its vertical nature, this native is a great plant to grow in tight spaces that need a visual boost. The rich color makes it one of the most attractive late summer bloomers in Texas. The nutrient rich blossoms will liven up your garden by attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The seeds of this wildflower will feed Golden Finch and other native song birds.


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