Spring Gardening Guide

Plant This Now!

No, really—here are five Houston-friendly plants you need to put in the ground this spring.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen February 8, 2015 Published in the February 2015 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Tiny Buttons Gomphrena

This new, economy-size version of the bachelor button produces thousands of tiny purple flowers on stick-like stems. 


Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Your homeowners’ association has restrictions on edible gardens, you say? Confound the authorities with this veggie, leafy and colorful enough to be grown as an ornamental year-round.


Lemon Verbena

A perennial that’s in demand, well, perennially for its delicious smell and taste (look for it in soap, tea, and craft cocktails), we have a special love for this herb: it repels mosquitos!


Micron Yaupon Holly

Like a teacup Yorkie, this native shrub has been bred for maximum cuteness, its compact green spheres maxing out at just under two feet.


Melwa Kumquat

The skins of these delicious fruits are edible too—and sweeter than the more well-known Nagami kumquat—imparting a one-of-a-kind flavor both sugary and tart.

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