Bastrop Gardens

I had a great time taping for TWC news at Bastrop Gardens today! They sell slag glass which is way cool to use as an accent in your landscape because of the way the light reflects through it. The segments were about salvias and I learned a lot! I had been wondering about mystic spires salvia and found out that is a hybrid with indigo spires as one of the parents (don’t know who the other parent is) but it is very compact compared to indigo spires. I got a few new (to me) types of Verbena that look similar to ‘homestead’. Also grabbed a Slavia buchananii. Deena at Bastrop Gardens told me it is a native of Mexico but was named in England because the new species was discovered in a greenhouse belonging to some dude named Buchanan. There is a nice labyrinth and fun demo gardens at Bastrop Gardens. It is not far from Austin, only a mile east of the Berdoll Pecan store (pecans from outer space). http://bastropgardens.com/  
    
   

Almost too late for perennial cut backs

I was cutting off the dead tops of perennials like zexmenia, inland sea oats, tropical milkweed, gregg mkstflower and lantanas last week and seeing how our warm winter and early spring weather has motivated the plants to start growing already, at least two weeks earlier than normal. If you haven’t cut back your perennials yet, you should do it now. I have gotten the most questions about trailing lantanas because they are still blooming. It is important to cut them down even if they are blooming because if you allow them to grow they will become totally humoungous and swallow your garden this summer. They also will have some dead stems and dead leaves on them that will look ugly and interfere with the new spring growth.