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Amazing Selection of Flowers, Trees & Produce at Garden Plants Nursery

Garden Plants Nursery Montgomery, Grimes, Walker Amazing Selection of Flowers, Trees & Produce at Garden Plants NurseryGardening in Texas due to our weather can be a challenge. However, selecting the right plant and the right timing and applying the right solution can produce amazing results – select the products and plants you need from our garden plants nursery.

Here are some helpful techniques to get your garden to produce the results you are seeking:

[list list_type=”ol” list_class=”2″]Know the light and watering requirements of all your plants, and the best time of the year to plant them. `Enrich the soil. Our soils here are heavy clay with a high pH. The cure to poor soil is to amend with at least 40% organic matter. The best organic material is shredded leaves and rotted compost. Peat moss is not a good amendment material. Do a soil test to determine what nutrients your soil needs. `After planting, cover all bare areas with mulch; that is, partly composted material, shredded leaves, shredded tree trimmings, or shredded cedar. This will keep the ground cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and will break down to form organic matter in the soil. Do not worry about this material robbing nitrogen from the soil. It will not do this as long as you keep it on the surface and do not till it into the soil. This mulch will save you much work watering and removing weeds. `Plant during or after a rain in the fall for best survival rate. `Never pack down the soil when planting anything, and do not walk on the beds. Always use stepping stones or paths and keep off the soil. This is absolutely vital! `Do not mix plants in a small bed that have different water and light requirements. `Plan, plan, plan! Make your mistakes on paper, not in your yard. Study out what to do and how to do it before you act.[/list]

Below is a list to help your select garden plants for your home:

GROUND COVERS

Ajuga – (Carpet Bugle); Ajuga reptans; partial shade to shade; ‘Catlin’s Giant’, ‘Chocolate Chip’

Asiatic Jasmine – Trachelospermum asiaticum; sun to shade; several cultivars – strong spreader, not for small areas

English Ivy – Hedera helix; shade; also a clinging vine; many cultivars. Not for painted surfaces; keep out of trees; can get out of control; not for small areas.

Ferns – several types. Evergreen: holly fern, autumn fern, tassel fern, Christmas fern; Deciduous: wood fern, Japanese painted fern; sensitive fern; shade; 2′ wide (some symbole for native Texas plant)

Juniper – Juniperus spp; sun; several selections including: ‘Blue Pacific’, ‘Emerald Sea’, ‘Bar Harbor, ‘Blue Chip’, ‘Shore’, ‘Green Mound’; J. procumbens (Japanese garden juniper); ‘Blue Rug’; 5′ wide

Liriope – (Lily Turf); Liriope muscari; shade; several selections including: ‘Majestic’, ‘Big Blue’, ‘Variegated’; ‘Silvery Sunproof’; clumps 1′ wide. L. spicata– strong spreading species.

Mondograss – (Monkeygrass); Ophiopogon japonicus; partial shade to shade; cultivars include: ‘Nanus’ (dwarf), ‘Nigrescens’ (black)

Pachysandra – (Japanese Spurge); Pachysandra terminalis; shade. ‘Green Sheen’

Japanese Sweet Flag – Acorus graminus; sun to shade; evergreen; slow spreader; ‘Ogon’, Oborouki’

Sedum – several types, sun to part shade; good for small areas.

Golden Oregano – Oreganum vulgare ‘Aureum’; sun; evergreen; drought tolerant

VINES – Perennial Types:

Boston Ivy – Parthenocissus tricuspidata; sun to partial shade; deciduous symbole for native Texas plant

Carolina Jessamine – Gelsemium sempervirens; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen symbole for native Texas plant

Clematis – Clematis spp.; sun to partial shade; deciduous to semi-evergreen; many species & cultivars; keep roots cool, in shade, top in sun (some symbole for native Texas plant such as C. texana)

Coral Honeysuckle – (Trumpet Honeysuckle); Lonicera sempervirens; sun to partial shade; evergreen symbole for native Texas plant

Crossvine – Bignonia capreolata; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen; ‘Tangerine Beauty’symbole for native Texas plant

Fig Ivy – (Climbing Fig); Ficus pumila; sun to partial shade; for painted surfaces; evergreen (foliage may burn in winter)

Kadsura – Kadsura japonica; sun to part shade; evergreen; green and variegated (‘Fukurin’) varieties; not common in trade

Wisteria – Wisteria frutescens; sun; deciduous symbole for native Texas plant; oriental types aggressive and not recommended

VINES – Annual Types:

Cardinal Climber; Hyacinth Bean; gourds; Mandevilla; Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata); Blue Skyflower (Thunbergia grandiflora) – blooms late

DWARF SHRUBS – (up to 4 feet) (some with occasional shearing)

Autumn Sage – Salvia gregii; sun; semi-evergreen; long summer blooming season; many cultivars symbole for native Texas plant

Azaleas – Rhododendron spp; morning sun to light shade; semi-evergreen; small types include Gumpo & some Satsuki varieties; ‘Coral Bells’, ‘Watchet’, ‘Wakaebisu’, ‘Higasa’, ‘Autumn Embers’, ‘Autumn Chiffon’, 3′ – 4′ wide

Barberry (dwarf varieties) – Berberis spp.; sun; deciduous to semi-evergreen; ‘Crimson Pygmy’, ‘Kobold’, B. buxifolia ‘Nana’; 3′ – 4′ wide

Boxwood – Buxus microphylla; sun to partial shade; evergreen; ‘Wintergreen’, Japanese boxwood; 1′ – 4′ wide

Chinese Fringe-Flower – Loropetalum chinense ‘Shang-lo’ (Purple Pixie™); sun; evergreen. New very dwarf variety

Dwarf Gardenia – Gardenia jasminoides ‘Radicans’; sun to part shade; evergreen; whiteflies occasionally a problem; 2′ – 3′ wide

Holly – Ilex spp; sun to shade; evergreen; several excellent species and cultivars: I. vomitoria ‘Nana’, ‘Schillings’ (dwarf yaupon holly – symbole for native Texas plant); I. cornuta – ‘Carissa’, ‘Rotunda’ (dwarf Chinese holly); I. crenata – ‘Helleri’, ‘Compacta’ (dwarf Japanese holly); 3’-5’ wide

Japanese Plum Yew – Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Prostrata’; part sun to shade; evergreen; 4’ – 6’ wide

Junipers – Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; ‘Tam Juniper’; 4′ wide

Indian Hawthorn – Rhaphiolepis indica; sun; evergreen; ‘Enchantress’, ‘Pinkie’, ‘Clara’ and other dwarf varieties; 3′ – 4′ wide Note: Entomosporium leaf spot can be problem in shaded, moist locations.

Dwarf Crape Myrtles – Lagerstroemia (hybrid dwarf varieties); sun; deciduous; ‘Pokomoke’ and ‘Chickasaw’ newer hybrids resistant to powdery mildew; 3′ wide

Nandina – Nandina domestica (dwarf varieties); sun to partial shade; evergreen; color is best in full sun; ‘Harbour Dwarf’, ‘Gulf Stream’, ‘Firepower’; 2’ wide

Spirea – Spirea xbulmalda, S. japonica; sun; deciduous; ‘Shirobana’, ‘Goldflame’, ‘ Goldmound’, ‘Lime Mound’, ‘Magic Carpet’, ‘Little Princes’, ‘Heather’; 2′ – 3′ wide

Virginia Sweetspire – Itea virginica; sun to part shade; semi-evergreen to deciduous; spreading by suckers with open growth habit; ‘Henry’s Garnet’ 5’ – 6’ wide symbole for native Texas plant

MEDIUM SHRUBS (4 to 9 feet)

Abelia – (Glossy Abelia); Abelia grandiflora; sun to partial shade; semi-evergreen; ‘Compacta’, ‘Edward Goucher’, ‘Sherwoodii’, ‘Francis Mason’, ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Hopely’; 4′ – 6’ wide

Aucuba – (Gold Dust Aucuba); Aucuba japonica; shade (no direct sun); evergreen; ‘Variegata’ (Gold Dust), ‘Picturata’; 3′ wide

Azalea – Rhododendron spp.; morning sun to shade; semi-evergreen or deciduous; many varieties; 3′ – 8′ wide

Barberry – (Japanese Barberry); Berberis thunbergii; sun; semi-evergreen; ‘Atropurpurea’, ‘Rose Glow’; 4′ – 5′ wide

Bridal Wreath – Spirea x vanhouttei, S. thunbergii.; sun to partial shade; deciduous; white flowers early spring; 5’ – 10’ wide

Camellia – Camellia japonica, C. sasanqua; partial sun; evergreen; hundreds of varieties; Sasanqua varieties bloom early winter, often escaping freeze damage, while Japanese camellias bloom mid to late winter and can suffer bloom damage unless in a protected location; 4′ – 15′ wide

Chinese Fringe Bush – Loropetalum chinense ‘Purple Diamond’; sun; new variety with more compact growth habit; 4’ – 5’ wide

Cleyera – Ternstroemia gymnanthera; sun to partial shade; evergreen; 5′ – 6’ wide

Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia indica; semi-dwarf varieties; sun; deciduous; range of sizes, colors; look for newer hybrid, intermediate sizes with powdery mildew resistance; 5’- 12′ wide

Fatsia – Fatsia japonica; shade; evergreen; bold texture; 6’ – 10’ wide

Holly – Ilex cornuta; sun; evergreen; ‘Dwarf Burford’, ‘Berries Jubilee’, ‘Dazzler’; ‘Needle Point’,; 4’ – 8’ wide depending on variety

Hydrangea – Bigleaf Hydrangea – Hydrangea macrophylla; Oakleaf Hydrgangea – H. quercifolia symbole for native Texas plant; partial shade; deciduous; 4’ – 8’ wide

Indian Hawthorn – Rhaphiolepis indica; sun; evergreen; several cultivars; Note: Entomosporium leaf spot can be problem in shaded, moist locations. 4′ – 6′ wide

Juniper – Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; ‘Compact Pfitzer’, ‘Sea Green’, ‘Blue Vase’, ‘Blue Point’, ‘Pfitzer’, others; 6′ – 9′ wide

Leatherleaf Mahonia – Mahonia bealei; shade; upright growth; attractive yellow flowers and blue fruit; 3’ 4’ wide

Nandina – Nandina domestica; sun to partial shade; evergreen; 3′ – 4′ wide

Roses – Rosa spp. sun; semi-evergreen; shrub type; ‘Knockout’ and related varieties & Earth-Kind selections with disease resistance; 4’-6’ wide

Texas Sage – (Ceniza); Leucophyllum frutescens; sun; evergreen; several cultivars; 4′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

LARGE SHRUBS (over 9 feet) – (some good candidates for screening)

Althea (Rose of Sharon) – Hibiscus syriacus; sun to partial shade; deciduous; old fashioned favorite with many colors; 6’ – 10’ wide

Banana Shrub – Michelia figo; partial shade; evergreen; highly fragrant flowers; 6’ – 10’ wide

Camellia – Camellia japonica, C. sasanqua; partial sun; evergreen; hundreds of varieties; Sasanqua varieties bloom early winter, often escaping freeze damage, while Japanese camellias bloom mid to late winter and can suffer bloom damage unless in a protected location; 4′ – 15′ wide

Cherry Laurel – Prunus caroliniana; compact variety available (‘Bright ‘n Tight’, ‘Compacta’ 8′ to 10′ tall); sun to partial shade; evergreen; can grow into small tree; 14′ – 16′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Chinese Fringe Shrub – Loropetalum chinense; sun; evergreen; rubrum varieties (many) with reddish-purple foliage and pink flowers; old-fashioned variety has green leaves and white flowers; can grow up to 15’ tall; up to 8’ wide

Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia spp; sun; deciduous; hybrid varieties with mildew resistance; 8′ – 10′ wide

Elaeagnus -Elaeagnus spp; sun to partial shade; evergreen; ‘Ebbingei’, ‘Fruitlandii’; 5’ – 10’ wide

Holly – Ilex spp; several types; sun; evergreen; ‘Nellie R. Stevens’, ‘Foster’s’, ‘Savannah’, ‘Needlepoint’; Yaupon symbole for native Texas plant, ‘Festive’ and other “Red Holly” varieties”; 6′ – 15′ wide (depending on variety)

Japanese Yew – Podocarpus macrophylla; sun to shade; evergreen; 8′ wide

Juniper – Juniperus spp; sun; evergreen; many cultivars including ‘Skyrocket’, ‘Blue Point’, ‘Hollywood’; 6′ – 8′ wide

Photinia, Chinese – Photinia serrulata; sun; evergreen; can grow into small tree; 10′ – 15′ wide

Southern Wax Myrtle – Myrica cerifera; sun to partial shade; evergreen; 8′ – 12′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

SMALL TREES (under 25 feet)

Crape Myrtle -Lagerstroemia spp; sun; deciduous; comes in many sizes and forms; hybrids, many with Indian names have powdery mildew resistance, attractive bark, showy blooms, fall color; some cultivars can get up to 30′ tall (see next category) so do homework before purchasing; short list of good CM varieties; database of CM by color/size; McKinney CM web site for complete list of crapemyrtle varieties; 15 – 20′ wide

Dogwood – Cornus florida; partial sun; deciduous; white and pink varieties; well-drained acid soil; give protection from full sun, difficult to establish; attractive bark, red fruit, fall color; 15′ – 20′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Fringetree – (Grancy Greybeard); Chionanthus virginicus; also C. retusus – Chinese Fringetree; sun to partial shade; deciduous; acid soil; 15′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Holly – Ilex spp; sun to shade; Yaupon Holly, I. vomitoria (evergreen); Possum Haw or Deciduous Holly, I. decidua (deciduous); only female plants bear fruit; 10′ wide (both symbole for native Texas plant)

Japanese Black Pine – Pinus thunbergiana; sun; evergreen; 25′ wide

Japanese Maple – Acer palmatum, A. japonicum; partial sun to high shade; deciduous; many cultivars with different forms, most with dramatic fall color; 10′ – 15′ wide

Magnolia: (deciduous types); sun to part shade; Saucer or Tulip Magnolia – M. soulangiana; Star Magnolia – M. stellata; and M. hybrids; (Little Girl cultivars); (evergreen type): M. grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ – very compact variety symbole for native Texas plant; 15′ wide

Mexican Plum – Prunus mexicana; sun; deciduous; symbole for native Texas plant

Redbud – Cercis canadensis; sun; deciduous; ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Forest Pansy’; ‘Avondale’ (C. chinensis); 15′ – 25′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Vitex – (Lavender Tree); Vitex agnus-castus; sun; deciduous; lilac blooms; 15′ wide

MEDIUM TREES (25 to 50 feet)

American Holly – Ilex opaca; sun to shade; evergreen; slow to moderate growth; only female plants bear fruit; 15′ – 20′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Cedar Elm – Ulmus crassifolia; sun; deciduous; tolerates drought, heavy soils; 40’ – 60’ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Chinese Pistache – Pistacia chinensis; sun; deciduous; reliable fall color; Texas SuperStar; 30′ – 40′ wide

Crabapple – Malus spp; sun; deciduous; 20 to 25 feet; select disease resistant cultivars; 25′ wide

Crape Myrtle – Lagerstroemia; Several cultivars attain heights of 25 – 30’ tall; look for hybrid varieties (many with Indian tribe names) with resistance to powdery mildew; attractive exfoliating bark, fall color;. see references in Small Tree list above; 20’ – 30’ wide

Lacebark Elm – Ulmus parvifolia; sun to partial shade; deciduous; attractive bark; 35′ – 50′ wide

Magnolia – Magnolia spp; sun to partial shade; some M. grandiflora (Southern Magnolia) cultivars stay small symbole for native Texas plant; M. x soulangiana (Saucer or Tulip Magnolia); 15′ – 40′ wide

Maple, Red – Acer rubrum; sun; deciduous; beautiful fall color; 25′ – 30′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Maple, other species – Acer barbatum (Texas Sugar Maple) symbole for native Texas plant, A. leucoderme (Chalk Maple) symbole for native Texas plant; A. truncatum (Shantung Maple); deciduous; sun; 25′ – 30′ wide

LARGE TREES (over 50 feet)

Bald Cypress – Taxodium distichum; sun; deciduous; tolerates wet soils; similar species – T. ascendens (Pond Cypress) & T. mucronatum (Monterrey Cypress); 30′ – 40′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Blackgum – Nyssa sylvatica; sun; deciduous; fall color; tolerates wet soils, slow growing; 30′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Ginkgo – Ginkgo biloba; sun; deciduous; slow growing, brilliant yellow fall color; look for male (fruitless) varieties; 40′ wide

Maple – Acer rubrum; sun; deciduous; Red Maple most common, Trident Red Maple and Drummond Red Maple frequently grown; A. barbatum – Southern Sugar Maple; 25′ – 30′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Oaks – Quercus spp.; sun; many species – among highest rated are: Shumard Red Oak, Q. shumardii (deciduous); Live Oak, Q. virginiana (evergreen); Willow Oak, Q. phellos (deciduous); White Oak, Q. alba (deciduous); 40′ – 70′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Pecan – Carya illinoensis; sun; deciduous; can be messy; look for recommended varieties; consider native, ungrafted trees; 40′ – 60′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

River Birch – Betula nigra; sun; deciduous; attractive peeling bark; ‘Heritage’ and improved variety; 30′ – 60’ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Southern Magnolia – Magnolia grandiflora; sun to partial shade; evergreen; drops leaves all year; turf doesn’t’ grow underneath; consider leaving branches full to the ground; 30′ – 50′ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Sweetgum – Liquidamber styraciflua; sun; deciduous; ‘Rotundiloba’ is a fruitless variety; 30′ – 50’ wide symbole for native Texas plant

Tulip Poplar – (Yellow Poplar); Liriodendron tulipifera; sun; deciduous; fast-growing; gets very large, needs room and good drainage; not for small properties; 30′ – 50′ wide symbole for native Texas plant