Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Tag Archives: Texas

Native Profile: Texas Hibiscus

Wow, I just love this plant! Texas Star Hibiscus loves sun and needs moisture. I planted this mid-June – it was a 4″ plant and now on October 18th (4 months later) it’s about 4′ high and producing lots of flowers. They are brilliant red. Typically, the flowers only last about 1 day as they are pretty fragile. But they open up and are quite impressive, as you can see below. I love this plant so much, I planted another in my backyard. During the summer, this area was watered 1-2 times a week with automatic sprinklers but now I am not watering unless things look droopy. It seems to be doing quite well.

picture of Texas hibiscus flower

How To Water a Tree (and know it has enough drink)

I found this video on tree watering tips to be very helpful, and I think I’ve been underwatering! Treat your trees and plants nicely – they are worth a lot of $! All you need is a screwdriver to figure it out.

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