Dallas, Texas is hot. Really hot.
I’m sure you’ve heard people say “It’s a dry heat; it’s not that bad!” They’re lying. No matter how you slice it, 105 degrees F (40 degrees C for my non-American friends) is just plain hot, especially if you’re a pansy.
No, not that kind of pansy (although I’ve met a few of them since I moved down here). I mean a real pansy. Down here, we plant pansies in November and they thrive all winter. This time of year we grub them up and plant summer flowers (which kills me a little bit, seeing all the gorgeous pansies being dug up and thrown away… we Tri-Deltas have a soft spot for pansies).
The point is that growing plants in Texas is different than any place I’ve ever lived. You have to account for the (much) hotter and dryer summers. Even though we’ve installed a sprinkler system, we can only run it twice a week (on Sundays and Thursdays) because of Dallas county water restrictions.
Some plants just can’t take the heat. That’s why we’re being very careful with plant selection as we’re planning the flowerbeds in our new backyard. We’re trying to focus on plants that are:
- native to Texas
- perennials (Plants are expensive, but buying perennials makes it a little more cost effective)
- heat tolerant
- drought tolerant
- safe for the puppies (some plants are very, very toxic to both people and puppies)
- low maintenance
- versatile (for example, we might use rosemary as a shrub or plant citronella grass to keep the mosquitoes away)
Here’s some that we’re considering (click on the photos for more information).
It’s been chilly here this week (some of you got snow so I won’t complain about 50 F), but it’s supposed to warm up this weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out and not only plant our new flowerbeds, but also get some veggies in the Little Garden!
What are you planting this spring? Do you have to take anything into consideration when selecting your plants? What’s your favorite thing to grow?