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South Central Gardening: Guaranteeing Successive Blooms

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Learn how to achieve season-long color in your Texas or Oklahoma garden with plants that bloom in succession.

Agastache and garden

By Susan Albert

By planning ahead you can have blooms year-round in your Oklahoma and Texas gardens.

For lasting color include long-blooming perennials and those that flower in successive seasons (i.e., spring, summer, fall). Some plants, such as pansy, hellebore, winter jasmine and camellia, can satisfy your craving for blooms even during winter. Don’t forget flowering trees and shrubs. 

By planning ahead, you can have blooms year-round in your garden. For lasting color include long-blooming perennials and those that flower in successive seasons (i.e., spring, summer, fall). Some plants, such as pansy, hellebore, winter jasmine and camellia, can satisfy your craving for blooms even during winter. Don’t forget flowering trees and shrubs. 

Make a list of favorite plants by their peak seasons and, as the budget permits, add them to your landscape. Filling in with annuals in pots or in the ground ensures the color show never stops.

Candytuft edging

Spring:

  • Spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips.
  • Bluebonnets: winter annual, blooms all spring; plant in fall.
  • Candytuft, right: long-blooming, bright-white perennial.
Quince shrub
  • Eastern dogwood: small tree with white to pink, four-petal flowers in spring; western Texas does better with rough-leaf dogwood.
  • Flowering crabapple: small to midsize tree, flowers in spring, fruit in fall.
  • Flowering quince, right: very early spring shrub.
Saucer Magnolia blooms
  • Texas gold columbine: shade-loving, long-blooming perennial.
  • Trumpet honeysuckle: blooms spring to frost, hummingbird magnet.
  • Saucer magnolia, right: big, showy pinkish-white flowers appear before leaves.
Bluebeard shrub

Summer:

Agastache: hummingbird mint, blooms summer to fall, attracts hummingbirds.

Butterfly bush: flowers summer to fall, attracts pollinators.

Chaste tree: flower spikes summer to fall, attracts bees, hummingbirds.

Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’: dainty, pale-yellow flowers from summer to fall. 

Crape myrtle: vibrant, long-blooming tree, sometimes shrub.

Garden phlox: long-blooming perennial; choose variety resistant to powdery mildew.

Bluebeard (Caryopteris), right: shrub blooms summer to fall, attracts bees.
  • Agastache: hummingbird mint, blooms summer to fall, attracts hummingbirds.
  • Butterfly bush: flowers summer to fall, attracts pollinators.
  • Chaste tree: flower spikes summer to fall, attracts bees, hummingbirds.
  • Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’: dainty, pale-yellow flowers from summer to fall. 
  • Crape myrtle: vibrant, long-blooming tree, sometimes shrub.
  • Garden phlox: long-blooming perennial; choose variety resistant to powdery mildew.
  • Bluebeard (Caryopteris), right: shrub blooms summer to fall, attracts bees.
Daylily
  • ‘Orange Peel’ cestrum: tubular flowers bloom from early summer to frost.
  • Purple coneflower: many hybrid colors and shapes; deadhead to prolong bloom.
  • Rose of Sharon (or althea): blooms summer to fall on multistemmed shrub.
  • Salvia such as autumn sage (hardy to Zone 6) or ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ (hardy to Zone 7): blooms freely in heat and humidity.
  • Shrub or landscape roses: bloom till frost.
  • Daylilies, right: rebloomers such as Stella de Oro, Happy Returns, etc.

 

Aster

Fall:

  • Mums: full flush of color late summer to fall.
  • Pansies: vibrant colors, cool weather annual; plant in fall.
  • Sedum: blooms late summer through fall, attracts butterflies.
  • Aster, right: prolific blooms late summer to fall.
Lenten Rose

Winter:

  • Camellia: blooms from late fall through early spring, evergreen, hardy to Zone 7.
  • Winter jasmine: sprawling stems with yellow flowers, blooms late winter, early spring.
  • Hellebore (or Lenten rose), right: buds form first, blooms late winter to early spring, holds flowers long time.

Annuals flower all season, so they perfectly complement perennials that are coming in and out of bloom. Whether nestled between perennials, in pots, or in an annual bed, you can’t go wrong with petunias, pansies, begonias, zinnias, angelonia, gomphrena, million bells, marigolds and more.

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