Texas Superstar perennials are part of a group of plants and flowers that have been bred to be hard to kill, basically flora that can withstand heat, drought, lack of fertilizer, and general neglect (perfect for the lazy gardener, too!) A panel of gardening experts makes the decision to award the designation of Texas Superstars, and you can be guaranteed the perennials of this group will brighten up your Houston, Texas garden while requiring minimal care. Take a look at some of these:
Blue Princess Verbena. With pretty purple flowers that bloom in clusters of two to three inches, this is a lovely accent flower for your garden. Plant in the fall in full sun, and it will spread up to three feet in width. This perennial does well in containers and will also look nice in your Houston, Texas rock garden. They will attract butterflies, too.
Trailing Lantana. This is a great perennial flower to use in your Houston, Texas border plantings – it will attract butterflies, and blooms from April through frost with lavender, purple or white flowers. Plant this perennial in the fall or early spring, in full sun, and it can spread up to four feet wide.
Lord Baltimore Rose Mallow Hibiscus. A striking red flower that can grow to be five feet tall and five feet wide, this makes a wonderful accent in your garden (its flowers can grow up to ten inches in diameter!) Plant this perennial in Houston, Texas from fall through spring in full sun and it will bloom from spring through frost. This flower will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
New Gold Lantana. Talk about indestructible – this gorgeous gold perennial is drought resistant, deer resistant, heat tolerant and will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas garden! This perennial will bloom from spring through frost, and grow to be up to two feet tall.
Dwarf Mexican Petunia. This gorgeous perennial can be planted in sun or shade, growing in quickly as a ground cover and making it perfect for Houston, Texas shade or rock gardens. Blooms can be violet, light pink or white. Plant this perennial flower in the fall or early spring for blooms from April through the first frost.
Garden Phlox (Victoria Perennial). Phlox make wonderful ground cover, and also looks great in Houston, Texas shade and rock gardens (although they do require partial sun.) You can also plant them in full sun, in either spring or fall for the best blooms. These perennials will blossom in clusters of magenta, growing up to three feet tall, and can withstand cold down to five degrees! (Not likely in Houston, Texas, however.)
Flare Rose Mallow Hibiscus. This is a fast growing perennial flower that will bloom from summer until frost hits your Houston, Texas garden (if it ever does, that is.) This gorgeous perennial flower can grow up to four feet tall, making it a lovely accent, and its fuchsia blooms are large and showy. Plant this perennial flower in full sun in either the spring or fall. Also try the Texas Giant Hibiscus, a huge flower with giant pink blossoms.
Mexican Bush Sage. With spiky white and purple flowers that can grow up to four feet tall, this perennial makes a great accent to your Houston, Texas garden. A native Texan, this perennial requires full sun and blooms only in the fall. It makes a great flower for cutting bouquets.
Mystic Spires Blue Salvia. This pretty blue perennial requires full sun and will bloom from spring through fall in your Houston, Texas garden. For best blooms, plant in the fall and spring. This flower does well in containers, too, and will attract hummingbirds while resisting deer. Mystic Spires is a compact version of the popular Indigo Spires Salvia.
Hopefully you have found some perennials on this list that you would like to try in your own garden. If you can’t find these Texas Superstar perennials at your local Houston, Texas nursery or garden store, click here to search for retailers near you.