Weed-smothering groundcover: Soapwort - Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity. Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei'. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 1 foot tall. Zones: 3-7
Catawba crepe myrtle. If you love violet flowers and reddish-orange fall foliage, consider planting this Crape Myrtle in your Houston, Texas garden. This pretty tree will grow to be about 20 feet tall, and does best when planted in full sun. It can tolerate cold down to single digits (unlikely in Houston, Texas) and is also disease resistant and drought tolerant. This Crape Myrtle is a good choice for an accent plant or small landscapes. It will bring birds to your Houston, Texas garden.
Who needs flowers when you can have the vibrant foliage of coleus? Coleus likes part shade, so keep it out of afternoon sun and water several times a week. Plant alongside popular shade perennials like hosta and heuchera, and annuals like impatiens and nicotiana. For more companion plants, check out The Home Depot's Garden Club.
Dutchman's pipe bears heart-shaped leaves that can be as much as 10 inches wide. It has unique flowers in spring, though they're often hidden underneath the beautiful foliage. This vine grows well in both sun and shade. Plant Name: Aristolochia macrophylla Size: Climbs to 30 feet Zones: 5-8
Creating a bee-friendly garden means more than just planting flowers. You certainly want to attract them with gorgeous blooms, but while they are in your garden you will want to give them a place to drink: a bee bath. #ad #bee #garden