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Question from Tracey:
I would like to find out if there are some drought tolerant /native plants that will do well in pots on a patio. The patio is south facing and gets a lot of sun. I’m in the South Pasadena/ Highland Park area of Southern...
Question from Brenda:
What are some good container plants for Oklahoma that will make it through our cold winters and hot summers? Thank you!
Answer from Pat:
The hallmark plants for containers in cold-winter climates are hardy evergreens. Your...
Question from Laurie:
I just bought a cape honeysuckle patio tree about three weeks ago, when can I expect it to flower or at least show buds? Up until now I check it daily to make sure it doesn’t dry out and it is in full sun from about 1 pm...
Q: A couple years ago I bought a 5 foot staked cape cod honeysuckle, (orange trumpet clusters). It is in a 3 foot tall 18 inch wide plastic container on my balcony. I live in P.B. across from the bird sanctuary, southern exposure. It grew and developed...
(A “vine” is correctly called a “climber.” The word vine comes from vineyard and actually only applies to grapes. Climbing roses are not vines but when we call all climbing plants climbers, climbing roses can also be lumped in with the group.)
Begonias of many types
Burro’s tail, Donkey tail (Sedum morganianum),
Flowering maple (Abutilon) some lovely new ones are coming out this year.
Lotus (Lotus berthelotii)
Annual trailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus cultivars.)
Perennial basket lobelia (Lobelia...
In fall: Plant daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, ranunculus, cyclamen, and South African spring flowering bulbs like babiana and ixia, watsonia, and others.
In spring: Plant gladioli, tuberous begonias, caladium, dahlias, and other warm-season bulbs and tubers.
In fall plant: Iceland poppy, snapdragons, pot marigold, sweet alyssum, fairy primrose, (P. malacoides) and English primroses (P. polyanthus), foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea),and other cool-season flowers.
When these have bloomed out, switch the plants...
Blood red trumpet (Distictis buccinatoria)
Bower vine (Pandorea jasminoides.)
Cup of Gold (Solandra maxima)
Easter lily vine (Beaumontia grandiflora)
Eureca Lemon tree, allowed to grow tall
Hardenbergia (Hardenbergia ‘Happy Wanderer’) for long winter...
Snowbush (Breynia disticha) needs splash of sun for colorful leaves. West facing or east facing is okay, even 2 hours sun in middle of the day.
Camellia (Camellia indica , Camellia japonica, and C. sasanqua.)
Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cultivars.)
Bougainvillea (planted on the outside of walls)
Lady Banks rose (ditto)
Moosehorn fern, giant staghorn fern (Platycerium superbum, P. grande)
Mistletoe cactus, (Rhipsallis baccifera.)
Mop-head cactus (Rhipsallis capilliformis ‘Mophead’.)
Cestrum (Cestrum elegans ‘Smithii’and other cestrums)
Ribbon plant (Hypoestes aristata)
Tree fuchsia (Fuchsia arborescens)
Fruit trees as espaliers
Lavender star flower (Grewia occidentalis)
Pink powder puff (Calliandra haematocephala)
Blue hibiscus (Alogyne huegalii.)
Blue potatoe vine (Solanum rantonettii.)
Bougainvillea (many colors and various sizes available)
Brugmansia (needs lots of water and fertilizer.)
Easter Lily Vine (Beaumontia grandiflora)
Fringe flower (Scaevola ‘Blue...