Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana

By Tera Marshall, Bexar County Master Gardener Shrimp plants are a must-have for any pollinator garden! They are drought tolerant once established, bloom from June until frost and attract tons of bees! They also freeze back to the ground and come back from the roots, even from our 10° freeze last year (and don’t need to be covered in winter). …

Winecup Wildflowers

by Paul A. Foerster, Bexar County Master Gardener Each spring as the bluebonnets finish blooming in our yard, my wife Peggy and I enjoy the winecup wildflowers (Callirhoe involucrate) as they begin to bloom. The name comes from the color and shape of the blooms when they first open. These beautiful prairie wildflowers are also known as buffalo rose or …

Growing Plumeria

by Barbara Lutz Plumeria, also known as Lei Flowers or Frangipani, are a fragrant, deciduous shrub or small tree native to tropical regions. Related to Oleander and Jasmine, there are hundreds of named and Registered Cultivars. Plumeria generally prefer growing conditions that are hot and humid with 6+ hours of full or mostly sun. They survive in the shade, but …

DISCOVERING DAHLIAS

By Melody Stramer, Bexar County Master Gardener As a Master Gardener of many years, I both espouse and practice the use of growing plants suited to their environment. Here in San Antonio, we are talking about native plants, drought-tolerant plants, and Texas Superstars. But gardeners are also known for straying from the straight and narrow out of love for a particular …