Many eons ago I took a master gardener's course for Zone 9 (which is southeast Texas). I thoroughly enjoyed that course and learned a lot.
I think I might like to try it again for the north Texas climate. The biggest difference between southeast and north Texas is the rainfall. It never seems to stop raining on the coast. I was certain if I stayed there one more year I'd develop webbed fingers.
North Texas is dryer, a little cooler in the winter, but still as hot as it is further south. Some plants simply don't grow as well here, especially the acid loving plants like azaleas and some berries.
I can live without the azaleas, but I want my blueberries and blackberries, so I've been dusting the new plants with a little sulfur.
One plant that did very well when I transplanted it here is a little ground cover called ajuga. It grows wild on our property in SE Texas and I moved some last year to my front garden. Although it's spreading slowly, it is spreading tightly. My ajuga never got any bigger than about six inches in SE Texas, but it's growing a bit taller out in our new place.
Above is a picture of my patch of ajuga at my north Texas home. It is just now beginning to bloom.
Ajuga is a very hardy ground cover that can take a lot of traffic and it has the most beautiful blue flowers you will ever come across. It is originally from Europe and seems to do well from Zones 4 to 9. Some people say they can raise it in Zone 3, but they have to protect it.
It is terrific in rock gardens because it prevents the soil from washing away.
From what I understand all parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten, but the dogs have never been interested in it. Not even Thresher, aka Vishnu, the Destroyer of Worlds, aka Iko, the Scorpion King.
Considering Iko has devoured entire tree stumps, I am profoundly grateful he doesn't like ajuga.
Are there any special flowers or herbs that you like to see in your garden? I'd be grateful for some suggestions to add to my landscape. I'm specifically looking for taller perennials that will give me some color in my Zone 8 climate. What's worked well for you?
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