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Holly Fern

The Holly Fern is an erect variety with very showy fronds displaying glossy holly-shaped leaves. This shade loving fern is perfect for mass plantings, beautiful as a potted specimen by itself or with other shade-loving plants. Sturdier than most other fern varieties, it stands up to coastal breezes without tattering and can survive well within a salt air environment. The Holly Fern is deer and rabbit resistant, pet-friendly and it has no spiny points like a true holly. Does best in Zones 9-11 and is considered as evergreen in areas with mild winter climates. Can reach a height of 2-3 feet with up to a 2-foot width.

Sago Palms

The sago palm is a popular house and garden plant known for its easy care and dark green, glossy and stiff feather-like foliage. The leaf stems have small protective barbs. While the name might imply that it is a palm, this plant is actually considered a cycad, one of the oldest groups of plants dating back to prehistoric times, explaining the plant’s hardiness. The leaves develop from a rosette on a short shaggy trunk and fronds can be pruned off if a tree form is desired. This species thrives best in Zones 9-11 and makes a nice specimen plant for a garden bed. Or they can be grown indoors or outdoors in large containers. They prefer bright light and will not tolerate over-watering.

Texas Sages

Texas Sages are a dense, slow-growing shrub that tolerate heat, drought and poor soils. We carry several different varieties offering silvery-gray, greenish gray to lush green foliages. The beautiful flowers range in shades from pinks, to magentas to bluish purple and are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Thrives best planted in the ground in Zones 8-10 where it's hardy. Can also be planted in patio containers in colder zones for easy of movement and arranging. Left natural, Texas Sages can grow up to 8 feet tall. They handle pruning and shaping well and can even be groomed into a small tree form. Because of its drought tolerance, Texas Sages are often used in xeriscaping plans. They grow best in soils that are well-drained. It is sometimes called the "Barometer Bush" because flowering is triggered by humidity or high soil moisture after rains. These plants love the sun and produce their flowers most abundantly when they receive 6-8 hours of bright light.

Watermelon Carnival Heuchera

Also commonly known as Coral Bells or Alumroot, the Carnival line of Heuchera displays variegated foliages from pinks to black. Leaves of the Watermelon variety are a peachy-pink and shaped similar to grape or maple leaves. The foliage can last outside through the winter in warmer zones. Petite white bell-shaped flowers arise on long stems from the base of the plant in early to mid-summer and produce multiple rounds of blooms. This pretty perennial is easy to grow, deer resistant, is attractive to hummingbirds when in bloom and requires very little maintenance. Mature plant size can be 10-12" tall and 12-14" wide and can tolerate full sun in cooler zones to partial shade everywhere.

Texas Wild Olive

This ornamental member of the Borage family has highly attractive dark, soft oval leaves about 7" long by 3" wide. The tree can reach 15-30' tall with a 10-16' spread. Although highly drought tolerant, it is very sensitive to cold weather north of the Austin area, but thrives in Zones 9-11. Clusters of pretty white, funnel-shaped flowers with yellow throats grow 2-3" across, and resemble delicate white crepe paper. The fruit may be sweet, but eaten raw they are slightly toxic and may cause dizziness. Early Texas settlers used the fruit to make a perfectly safe and delicious jelly, the syrup derived from the fruit as a cough medicine, a dye for cloth and a folk remedy for rheumatism. The wood is even highly prized in carpentry. Currently available here at the nursery in 15 gallon pots.