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Landscape Ideas for Dallas: Fan Flower

Landscape Ideas for Dallas: Fan Flower
I’m a  fan of the Fan Flower (Scaevola), it’s a great annuals for Dallas. This plant grows 6-12″ tall in part sun to part shade, blooming mid summer to early fall. It has rounded basil like leaves and can be propagate by taking soft wood cuttings in late spring plant. They should be planted 8″ apart, a little closer in shade as they will take longer to grow. The ’New Wonder’ cultivar can survive temperatures into the low 100s and down to freezing. It’s can be used as a tender perennial in these parts and is originally from eastern Australia.

Fan Flower is a heat and drought tolerant plant so it’s perfect for Texas. One look at it’s blooms and it isn’t hard to tell where it got it’s name from.The petals are arranged around a yellow center which is a nice contrast. The flowers are a pretty shade of blue but are also available in Pink. do look like a fan. ‘Blue Wonder’ is the cultivar most commonly found. Other varieties are ‘New Wonder’ and ‘Purple Fanfair’. These plants are easy to grow and require little care often not being to particularly bothered by pests.
You can prune Fan Flowers by pinching them to keep them bushy.

This self cleaning, low maintenance plant is more expensive than your typical annuals but it’s worth every penny. It looks best when planted in masses. A good companion plant is Coleus, Persian shield and Ti/Thai plant.

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Landscape Ideas for Dallas: Sun Patiens

Landscape Ideas for Dallas: Sun Patiens
When are impatiens not impatiens–when they are SunPatiens of course. In the northen United States impatiens are grown in the sun. Now we too can grow these beautiful bountiful plants. SunPatiens were bred in Japan by Sakata Seed. Sakata is well known for pansies and is the originator of the well known ‘Majestic Giant’ Pansy, which we are all grateful for.  Daylily and Lavender make great companion plants.

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SunPatiens compact series

Sun Pateins spreading series

Sun Patiens Vigorous series

If you would like to have SunPatiens installed in your garden by a  Landscape Company in Dallas please contact us at sales@DallasCurbAppeal.Com or call us at 214-257-8155

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Planting Annuals for Dallas

Tips on Planting Annuals in Dallas

Because we live in Texas and have hot, dry summers, care should be taken in choosing your plants as well as their location. Here are a few tips and considerations to help you figure out what you need to have beautiful annuals this season.

  • Budget: Don’t over or under do it. When considering your budget make sure you consider both your time as well as your money. Annuals have shallow root systems and may need daily watering in hot, dry weather.
  • Location: Before you run off to the nursery make sure that the plants you chose are suited for the area you chose for them, and that they will be easily accessible if hand watering is required.
  • Soil: Nutrients in soil deplete over time. Before you plant your annuals till in amendments such as compost, expanded shale or landscape mix. You can till in a fertilizer and or a fungicide at this time as well for more vigor and control.
  • Plant Size: The smaller you buy your plants the longer it will take for them to fill in. If you want a full display faster do not use small plants too late in the season. Plants like Coleus and Copper plant are sold in larger container sizes and although they cost more per plant they can fill in faster, especially in shady gardens. Also, don’t be timid in ripping out last seasons gorgeous blooms. The longer you wait the less time your current seasons annuals will have to grow.
  • Water: If your planting area is on a separate watering zone, then you only have to set your timer for the appropriate times. However if the zone is shared do not over water established plants for the sake of your annuals. Hand water your annuals when the first 1-2 inches of soil show signs of drying.

How many plants do you need to fill a planting bed?

Figuring out how many plants to fill an area can be found by using the following mathematical formula. Don’t worry about the shape being a perfect square or circle. You only need approximate measurements and adjust for additional odd shaped areas. I can assure you that the plant police doesn’t make a stop in Texas—yet, so don’t worry.

For those of you who hate math as much as I do –here are a few links to plant calculators that will help you find the calculations that you are looking for.

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