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Create Continuous Blooms in Texas Garden

I would like to plant shrubs in my Laredo, TX yard so that I have continuous blooms year-round.

One of my favorite ways to get lots of color in a landscape is to create a mixed garden filled with annuals, perennials, small scale trees, dwarf evergreens as well as ornamental shrubs. Look for plants with interesting bark, colorful fruit, eye catching form as well as flowers.

Several hollies including the dwarf burford, Chinese and yaupon, will provide evergreen foliage and colorful fruit. Rosemary with its fragrant gray green foliage and blue flowers make a nice addition to any garden. Nandina, also known as Heavenly bamboo provides some year round interest. This beauty has interesting flowers followed by red berries in fall and airy evergreen foliage that is colorful as new growth emerges in spring and temperatures cool in fall. It is considered aggressive to invasive in some parts of the country. Crape myrtle is another year round charmer. Classed as a large shrub or small tree the colorful bark and summer long bloom will always brighten your landscape. China rose is a long blooming shrub with good pest resistance. Glossy abelia provides white blooms on glossy evergreen foliage while the deciduous flowering quince has salmon flowers in spring followed by apple like fruit. Add some color and fragrance to your winter landscape by adding a winter honeysuckle. As always make sure the plants you select are suited to the light and soil moisture in your garden.


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