Recommended Plants

Recommended Plants

Top 20 Perennials for Shade and for Sun, specifically chosen for the Grapevine, Texas area.

Top 20 Perennials for Shade in Grapevine, Texas

Columbine, Native YellowAquilegia chrysantha ‘hinckleyana’

Blooms in May with beautiful yellow blossoms. Looks great planted with ferns or Turks Cap. Evergreen foliage has a blue green tint. Columbines will cross-pollinate and are good re-seeders. Plant several to get a colony going.

  • Light: Shade
  • Height: 12″-36″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Coral BellsHeuchera sanguinea

Blooms in late spring with multitudes of tubular coral flowers carried on tall spikes above the foliage. Evergreen plant makes a low neat mound of dark green foliage. Attractive foliage makes a good border plant even when not in bloom. Also fine in rock gardens.

  • Light: Shade
  • Height: 18″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Lenten RoseHelleborus orientalis

Attractive leathery foliage on a compact well behaved plant. Graceful nodding flowers of pink to purple in early to mid spring. Long-lived plants for sheltered moist rockeries and well drained woodsey beds.

  • Light: Shade
  • Height: 8″-10″

Penstemon, Gulf Coast or BrazosPentstemon tenuis

Blooms pale pink in spring and sometimes in fall. Will perform well in poorly drained soil as well as sandy loan. Semi-evergreen in winter.

  • Light: Sun/Shade.
  • Height: 18″

Sage, Lyre LeafSalvia lyrata Lyre

leaf sage reaches 8″ when in bloom in spring, otherwise it is a ground hugging perennial. Blooms are light lavender atop green and purple foliage. Can be used as a ground cover and will grow under trees. Will withstand light foot traffic.

  • Light: Sun/Shade
  • Height: 8″-10″
  • Soil: Well drained

SpiderwortTradescantia spp.

Beautiful blue-green foliage and bright purple, white, pink or blue flowers in spring and summer if watered well. Can be used in shade or sun. May become dormant in summer.

  • Height: 18″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Turk’s CapMalvaviscus arboreus drummondii

Bright green foliage great for lighting up shady areas. Blooms red hearts May to November. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

  • Light: Any
  • Height: 2’-4’
  • Soil: Any

Violet, Native WoodViola missouriensis

Beautiful creamy violet blooms appear in early spring and continue through spring. Dark green leaves make great ground cover under trees. Propagate by division and by re-seeding.

  • Light: Shade
  • Height: 2″-6″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Wood Sorrel, Pink or WhiteOzalis carassipes

Old favorite low-growing edging plant, forming a low mound. Dainty pink or white flowers bloom all spring and summer. Clover-like leaves emanating from a cluster of bulbs. Leaves are even attractive in themselves. Blooms in sun or light shade. Very dependable.

  • Height: 10″-12″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Yellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon

Fast growing groundcover with lovely silver variegated leaves and yellow flowers in spring. Excellent for lighting up shady areas as a groundcover or trailer in pots.

  • Height: 8″-12″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Chinese Ground OrchidBletilla Striata

Delicate perennial with spikes of lilac orchid like flowers in April. Surprisingly easy to grow. Gets better year after year.

  • Light: Part Shade/Shade
  • Height: 8″-12″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Top 20 Perennials for Sun in Grapevine, Texas

Acanthus, FlameAnisacanthus wrightii

Upright shrubby perennial with shiny green leaves, blooms reddish orange tubular flowers in summer. Hummingbirds love this plant. Very delicate plant. Makes good contrast in flower beds. Very tough and drought tolerant. Blooms summer to fall.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 3’-4’
  • Soil: Well drained.

Autumn SageSalvia greggii

Red, pink, coral, purple, yellow and white flowers bloom all spring and fall. Needs good drainage. Evergreen even further south, semi-evergreen in our area and returns each spring. Blooms Spring to Fall.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 36″
  • Soil: Well drained.

Blackeyed Susan, ‘Goldsturm’Rudbeckia fulgida

‘Goldsturm’ This selected, compact strain of a native Texas perennial is fast becoming a favorite. Blooms mid to late summer with masses of golden yellow black-eyed daises. Sun loving and drought resistant. Hardy.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 24″-36″
  • Soil: Well-drained.

Coneflower, ‘White Swan’ or ‘Magnus’Echinacea angustifolia

Very hardy summer bloomer with white or purple flowers. Great for cut flowers. Remove old flower heads to increase flowering.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 18″-24″
  • Soil: Well drained.

Daylily, Stella d’OroHemerocallis

Beautiful miniature yellow, fragrant flowers all summer. A must have!

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 12″-20″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Gaura, Linheimer’sGaura Lindheimeri

Delicate white and pink flowers that look like butterflies. This perennial will bloom through summer and fall. Great for that English garden or wildflower meadow.

  • Light: Sun
  • Height: 3’- 4’
  • Soil: Well drained.

Lantana, HardyLantana camara

This is the old fashioned hardy Lantana found in many country gardens. Covered all summer and fall with orange, pink and yellow flowers. Butterflies love this one!

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 3’-6’
  • Soil: Poor drainage.

Ruellia, ‘Katie’s DwarfRuellia brittoniana

‘Katie’s Dwarf’ Durable perennial that blooms purple flowers all summer. Low growing, makes great edger plants. Re-seeds and can be divided after first frost. Tolerates wet, poor drained clay soil. Mulch in Winter.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 8″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Phlox, John FanickPhlox paniculate

John Fanick Named for a San Antonio nurseryman. Hardy perennial with light pink flowers with darker pink throats. Blooms all summer. Compact growth habit, dark green foliage, tolerates heat, drought and powdery mildew.

  • Light: Sun/Part Shade
  • Height: 36″
  • Soil: Moist, well drained

Phlox, Thrift – Phlox sublata

Hardiest and most dependable of the creeping phlox varieties, this is the old fashioned light pink variety. Evergreen mat of spiny foliage. Great in rock gardens, fronts of borders and as a sunny ground cover.

  • Light: Sun
  • Height: 4″
  • Soil: Well drained

Princess CarolinePennisetum x Princess Caroline

Beautiful wide leaves that are deep purple in color. Does not flower and is resistant to leaf spot that can be seen or older varieties. Full sun, heat tolerant and grow 4-6 feet tall depending on amount of watering.

  • Light: Sun
  • Height: 4-6″
  • Soil: Moist