There’s nothing more tranquil than creating the perfect woodland garden right in your own Houston, Texas backyard. Just a small slice of nature where you can go and relax, surrounded by cool green leaves and flowers blooming in the shade. If you are looking for perennials that will do well both in the Houston, Texas climate and in the shade of a woodland garden, try some of these below.
Acanthus, bear’s breeches. These perennials have large leaves and two foot tall flower spikes that will make a striking addition to your Houston, Texas woodland garden. Plant them in bright shade for white, rose or lavender blossoms from spring through summer.
Asiatic Dayflower. Also known as widow’s tears, this perennial can be invasive so keep it at the edge of your woodland garden. These perennials are Texas natives, and are cold hardy to zero degrees (unlikely in Houston, Texas) The flowers are a startling bright blue, but only last one day. Plant them in partial shade for blooms from May through October.
Persian Shield. Five feet tall with purple flowers, this perennial will make a stunning impact in your Houston, Texas woodland garden. Plant in full shade and enjoy its blooms in June. These perennials also have gorgeous green and purple leaves with silver markings.
Indian Pink. A native wildflower, this perennial has some of the most beautiful flowers you could want in your woodland garden. The tubular red flowers with yellow star centers will bloom in the spring, and can handle cold down to five degrees (again, unlikely in Houston, Texas.) They like partial sun to full shade, and will attract hummingbirds to your woodland garden. Don’t let other plants crowed these perennials or they will not grow well.
Garden Phlox, Minnie Pearl. Pure white flowers make the perfect groundcover for your Houston, Texas woodland garden. These perennials will spread up to two feet, and do require partial sun. This variety of phlox is slow growing, but it is a very hardy choice for your woodland garden, being disease resistant, drought tolerant and able to withstand temperatures down to five degrees. These perennials also do well in rock gardens.
Rose pinecone plant. A very pretty plant for your woodland garden – these perennials have reddish-violet flowers that may bloom year round if the temperatures stay mild. The dark green glossy leaves are beautiful, too. Plant in spring in partial shade or dappled sun in your Houston, Texas garden.
Lanceleaf Rudbeckia. These native Texas perennials can grow to be nine feet tall and have bright yellow flowers that resemble droopy daisies. Plant in full or partial sun and enjoy the blooms from spring through fall. This flower tolerates heat and humidity well, and will bring butterflies to your Houston, Texas woodland garden.
Toad Lily. Growing up to four feet high, the purple, white and yellow blooms of these perennials are quite unusual and pretty. This flower requires morning or filtered sunlight, or bright shade, and it will bloom from September through November in your Houston, Texas woodland garden. Toad lilies require good drainage, and also do well in rock gardens.