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This is the ideal time to add landscape specimens to your property, but mull these considerations before heading to the nursery.

Six trees to plant now in Dallas area

This is the ideal time to add landscape specimens to your property, but mull these considerations before heading to the nursery.

Scientific name: Callicarpa americana, Callicarpa japonica Abundance: Plentiful What: ripe berries How: raw, preserves Where: . Plants, Shrubs, Edible Landscaping, Edible Plants, Medicinal Plants, Purple Garden, Wild Edibles, Understory Plants, Native Plants

American Beautyberry

Scientific name: Callicarpa americana, Callicarpa japonica Abundance: Plentiful What: ripe berries How: raw, preserves Where: woods When: late summer, fall Nutritional Value: minor amounts of vitamins and carbohydrates Other uses: Recent studies indicate beauty berry leaves contain several very strong mosquito repellent molecules. Toxicity of these molecules still needs to be determined. Dangers: Some people have reported stomach upset after eating beauty berries. Limit yourself to small…

American beautyberry a large native deciduous shrub that prefers afternoon shade and occasional extra water.

Purple people pleasers - Digging

September 25, 2008 After mounding taller and taller all summer, finally reaching 5 feet across and 4 feet high (even with a late-spring trim), Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha ) takes its star turn across the garden stage in late … Read More

The frogfruit "lawn" I plugged months ago, turned out to be a frogfruit and horseherb "lawn." Thanks to all the rains this spring, we have complete coverage already! Weeds are a problem, henc. Ground Cover, Perennial Grasses, Lawn Alternatives, Ground Covers For Sun, Texas Gardening, Chicken Garden, Lawn Turf, Native Plants, Small White Flowers

Frogfruit “lawn” Report @ 2.5 months

The frogfruit “lawn” I plugged 2.5 months ago, turned out to be a frogfruit and horseherb “lawn.” Thanks to all the rains this spring, we have complete coverage already! W…

April 2007 Inland sea oats Another view of the sea oats, under evergreen yaupon holly Spring green cloaks the patio garden. Green is the easiest color to overlook, but it’s the workhorse of the garden. I’m grateful for evergreen … Read

Green - Digging

April 11, 2007 Inland sea oats Another view of the sea oats, under evergreen yaupon holly Spring green cloaks the patio garden. Green is the easiest color to overlook, but it’s the workhorse of the garden. I’m grateful for evergreen … Read More

A glorious, spreading live oak and more inland sea oats

Gardens on Tour 2007: Bridle Path - Digging

May 18, 2007 The homeowner’s front porch. Do you sense that a garden lover lives here? We headed to central Austin’s tony Tarrytown neighborhood for the last garden of the tour. I didn’t expect much from this garden, frankly, after … Read More

In a shady garden in Austin, an American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana ) has reached gigantic proportions.

Neighborhood walk - Digging

September 09, 2007Neighborhood photo-strolls have become the latest garden-blog meme, thanks to Chuck and Kim. Since I always enjoy the local flavor that comes through on these tours, I thought I’d join in. Tag along, if you’d like to see … Read More

Inland Sea Oats developing seed heads

"Fly Away Home" - East Side Patch

This week in the Patch we take a look at the life cycle of a ladybug and witness a 'dramatic' anole. I am back on the battlefield fighting Bermuda grass...and losing.

Camera practice at the Wildflower Center - Digging

Camera practice at the Wildflower Center - Digging

September 07, 2010 Sea holly, or eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) I tried watching an instructional DVD about using my new camera on Sunday but fell asleep halfway through. When I awoke I decided a real-life test drive should be the first … Read More

On the edge of the backyard prairie, a large American beautyberry, Callicarpa americana, is covered in clusters of bright purple berries.

Plano Prairie Garden

A suburban residential landscape featuring Texas native plants.

Inland Sea Oats (just before being pruned in Feb of a mild Austin winter)

Pruning perennials – My Gardener Says…

Posts about Pruning perennials written by Tina

Aromatic Sumac, fall color: Best shape and density in full sun but will also grow in shade.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center focused on protecting and preserving North America's native plants through native plant lists and image galleries, conservation, education, natural landscapes, seed collection - Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Project, preserving and restoring native communities, spreading awareness on invasive species and gardening to attract wildlife. We deliver useful information, latest low impact development trends and techniques, useful gardening tips, innovative…

These Beautyberries were planted ~13 years ago as small cuttings in thin soil over limestone. Two years ago I cut them back to about 4' all around. Now they are 7' high x 8' diameter each. They grow fast.  I am in San Antonio.  They are flowering and preparing to set berries. They lose all their leaves early in the fall and take a while to leaf out in spring so having them under the live oaks and next to other evergreen shrubs helps keep the spot from looking too bare in the winter.

A large American Beautyberry in Florida

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

This week I would like to highlight a plant that provides the landscape with brilliant color this time of year. The color comes mainly fro...

Great for monarch butterflies. Fragrant sumac is a three-foot-tall shrub. Its recumbent branches grow long and then curve up at the ends, beautiful as a low hedge at the top of a retaining wall, where the branches can hang down.

In Praise of Sumac

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