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Plant of the Month

The plants listed on this page were selected by the members of the Allen Garden Club at their monthly meetings. Look for these plants at your local nurseries to grow in your own home gardens.

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February 2024: Pansy Viola

Pansies are considered a cool season annual. They should be planted in the fall and protected from hard freezes. The smaller flowering violas are very prolific and will recover from freezing temperatures quicker than its larger flowering cousin, the pansy. Plant them in the ground or in containers. Fertilize your pansies every two to three weeks with bloodmeal. The bloodmeal will help deter rabbits.

Daffodil - Thalia
Iris

March 2024: Daffodil Narcissus

Daffodils are a sign that spring is here. They are very easy to grow if you follow a few tips when planting. Plant with the pointy side up in a sunny to partly sunny location or under deciduous trees. Plant approximately 1.5 times as deep as the size of the bulb. Leave the leaves until they are mostly yellowed after the flowers have faded. This might be towards the end of May or into June. The leaves are the source of energy that feeds the bulb for next season. Plant your daffodils in groupings rather than lined up like soldiers so they look more natural.

 There are many varieties of daffodils available in the fall in local nurseries and online. The best time to plant them is when they are available, but they can be planted as late as December. 

The daffodils in the photo (left) are Thalia. These are an almost all white daffodil that are very fragrant. They bloom with their cups angled down.

Other types of daffodils that do well here are Earlicheer, Tete-a-Tete, Ice Follies, Quail, Grand Primo, Pipet, Geranium, Cheerfulness, Yellow Cheerfulness. Minnow, Winston Churchill and more.

April 2024: Iris Iris

Iris is the toughest and most dependable spring blooming plant you can grow. The most commonly grown iris is the bearded or Dutch iris. It grows best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight) and has low to medium water demand. They can grow to 3 feet tall and spread about 2 feet. You can find iris in lavender/purple, yellow, white pink, burgundy, peach, and many other color combinations. Their bloom period starts in March and continues into May. It is an adapted plant and the leaves are evergreen so adds a nice vertical interest in your garden throughout the year. The best time to divide your iris is in the summer or fall.

Plant your iris in well-drained soil amended with compost. Plant them far enough apart to give them room for good air circulation. Do not mulch and keep the tops of their rhizomes slightly exposed with the roots below the soil. Cut the bloom stalks off after they have faded.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

May 2024: Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia

This is a shrub-type hydrangea that works wonderfully in shade. It has large, oak-shaped leaves that are 4-12 inches long. It has beautiful, cone-shaped clusters of bright white flowers, and the color doesn’t vary with our pH. It’s native to the southeastern U.S. in woodsy areas. It’s quite a large shrub with multiple stems, and it can get 6-10 feet tall, and equally as wide. Morning sun is best for flowering, but it will take full shade, though the leaves will be the main interest in full shade. In dense shade, the leaves will be much larger and deeper green, the plant will be taller and it won’t have as many flowers. It’s a deciduous plant. In fall, the leaves that turn bronze remain on the plant into the early winter. It’s hardy to below zero, but it also tolerates our heat. But in the extreme heat that we had two summers ago and this last August, if it was planted in full sun, it would have suffered. It doesn’t like wet feet, so plant it where you have good drainage. But be sure to water it when we do have a drought situation.

Source: https://www.centraltexasgardener.org/resource/oakleaf-hydrangea/

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Previous Years Plants of the Month

 

2023 Plants of the Month:

December: Tillandsia Tillandsia

November: Fall Aster Symphyotrichum cordifolium

October: American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana L.

September: Butterfly Weed Asclepsias tuberosa

August: Lantana Lantana urticoides (L. horrida)

June: Daylily Hemerocallis

May: Salvia "Henry Duelberg" Salvia farinacea

April: Bluebonnet Lupinis texensis

March: Redbud Cersis canadensis

February: Lenten Rose Hellebores orientalis

 

2022 Plant of the Month:

December: Kalanchoe Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

November: Fall Aster Symphyotrichum cordifolium

October: Autumn Sage Salvia greggii

September: Plant of Barbados Caesalpinia pulcherrima

August: Turk's Cap Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

June: Plumeria Plumeria

May: Iris Iris

April: Texas Gold Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Hinckleyana’

March: Daffodil Narcissus

February: Lenten Rose Hellebores orientalis

 

2021 Plants of the Month:

November: Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

October: Autumn Sage Salvia greggii

September: Turk's Cap Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

August: Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum × superbum

May & June: Lance-leaf Tickseed Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata

April: Texas Gold Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Hinckleyana’

March: Daffodil Narcissus

February: Ornamental Kale/Cabbage

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