what's new

Allison Cuphea

Also known as Mexican or False Heather, this delicate-looking but tough and durable plant with small, deep green foliage and loads of tiny pinkish-purple flowers will bloom all summer long. Can be grown as an annual in cooler climates and is great for bedding, borders, and containers in warmer climates. Its pretty little flowers attract butterflies and bees. This plant is considered self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary. Allison Cuphea will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is also considered as drought tolerant. Hardy in Zones 9 and warmer, it may die back after hard frosts, but will re-grow from the roots.

White Rain Lily

Crocus-like flowers bloom from late spring through late summer, sometimes earlier during rainy seasons. Once established, after a late summer or autumn shower, expect the magic that this bulb is known for. Multiple flowers can bloom on each stem. This plant’s foliage has a narrow, grassy look similar to sedge. They naturalize easily, forming dense evergreen clumps 6-10” tall. Rain Lilies are a nice, low growing option beneath large trees, along paths or sidewalks, in rock gardens and for tucking into groundcovers for an extra bit of sparkle. And they will multiply on their own. Plant where afternoon shade is available to the plant, especially in the hottest areas. Rain Lily plants can be injured at 28 F. (-2 C) or lower temperatures. If you want to divide, or transplant them, wait until after the flowers have bloomed in the fall, just before the plants go dormant for the winter. When moving and transplanting Rain Lily bulbs, any time of year can work if the bulbs are planted quickly and watered in. Available in 1 gallon pots here at Creekside Nursery!

Turk’s Cap

An easily grown, old-time favorite, Creekside Nursery offers Turk’s Cap in shades of red and pink. This native Texas plant can handle sun, but does really well in partial to full shade. The unique flowers that never completely open are usually produced in showy profusion during hot weather from mid-to late summer through early fall. The protrusion of the stamen above the spiraling petals brings to mind the shape of a Turkish turban. Tolerant of both heat and humidity they are a great shrub-like plant for a background border since they can grow upwards of 5 feet with a similar width. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds for the nectar, they also attract birds and small wildlife for the apple-flavored red fruits produced after the bloom season.

Pavonia Rock Rose

This member of the mallow family does well in most conditions. Rock Rose will bloom April to November with a pretty pink bloom. Native from the Edwards Plateau to the Rio Grande plains, it has a very low water needs and is highly drought tolerant. This plant can reach to 4 feet tall. Does best in full sun but, can handle part shade. This plant is not completely deer resistant but it is not their first food choice. Attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Katie Ruellia

This variety of Ruellia is a drought tolerant, durable perennial that handles heat and humidity and continues to bloom all summer-long, without deadheading. Bluish purple, petunia-like funnel-shaped flowers nestle in a background of narrow, green leaves. The shape and color of the flowers give it its other common name of Mexican Petunia. Easy to grow and maintain, they are shade tolerant but flower best when grown in sunny areas. If they get too tall or leggy for your preference, just cut them back to a few inches above the ground and they will quickly regrow and soon return to flowering. Katie Ruellia is considered disease, insect and deer resistant and is also usually evergreen in frost-free areas.