What blooms in SA gardens as we head into the fall

As we go down, the plants now bloom. Some are just starting their harvest season, while others are just finishing the summer solstice. But they are all increasing the color effect now.

In most places, the Mexican honey loaf (the burning bush) has begun to sprout in the spring. The plant is not a vine, but rather a small, tubular orange that grows 4 feet tall and 8 feet in diameter. It also has a flowering season in the spring.

The flowers are used as a nectar in hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollen. Green Mexican honey is drought tolerant and is not eaten by deer.

Grow Mexican honey bread in full sun or partial shade. Gardeners who are now planted in their garden are seeing that it is thriving even in the afternoon sun.

Passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

This creepy fringe butterfly is native to the nesting site. Pollen also has lava flowers, which supply pollen. After a short period of individual flowering, the most pollinated flowers produce red gum-sized fruit.

I’m not sure how the love flower came to be in my landscape for the first time, but it is now, and new plants will continue to appear. A gardener who wants to start a garden can be planted with the seeds or roots of a neighbor’s seed or seedlings.

Passionflower is a place where the fritillary butterfly lays eggs. Pollen also has lava flowers, which provide silver pollen.

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Three-leafed vines are aggressive to grow on peach trees or reeds, but during normal growing season, bay caterpillars shed their leaves as they grow. The vines return to the ground each winter, so they do not occupy the camp. If you have a flower of interest that can grow on nearby trees and houses, it is probably one of the most unusual ornamental versions.

Coral Wine (Antigon Laptops)

Coral grapes are often more aggressive than native flowers. It grows into large trees and buildings.

In addition to its large size, coral vines are large, heart-shaped leaves, and beautiful pink flowers (sometimes red or white butterflies and hummingbirds, but also a large number of honeydew birds.

Coral wine is timely and beautiful.

Coral wine is timely and beautiful.

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Fortunately for San Antonio gardeners, like the flower of love, coral vines are susceptible to frost and their roots return to freezing temperatures. Coral wine can also be controlled by Rounddup if the leaves can be sprayed without reaching other sensitive plants.

Turkish Cup (Malvavikus Arbor)

To control winter weeds, apply the most appropriate weed or broad-leaf weed-based pesticides, depending on the weeds you are trying to control. Follow account instructions.

Sometimes in October, fertilize the soil with compost grass, such as 18-06-12. The “winter” composition contributes to winter cold tolerance and rapid spring greening.

For winter cut flowers, herbaceous plants, Spandragon diantus or calendula.

The plant is planted with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and lettuce, sprouts, rhubarb, beans, radish and carrots in September in winter garden.


The Turkish cap has nickel-plated red flowers on a 2-foot-tall bush. The bush has many trunks that come out of the ground, so I often describe it as a ground cover.

Deer sometimes eat turkey, especially in drought. The flowers attract butterflies, and especially hummingbirds. Raise the turkey cap in the sun or in partial shade.

Salvia Cosina

This is another flowering plant that is now in bloom. It produces tubular flowers on stems up to 3 feet tall, depending on soil fertility and moisture.

Salvia coconut grows in the sun or in the shade and is often included in wildflowers for Texas. Deer do not eat salvia cocaine, but the red flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollen grains.

The summer harvest of Salvia coconia begins.

Sunflower (Helianian Annual)

This annual wildflower is at the end of flowering, but there are still many steps to take before it disappears. Butterflies still collect nectar from the rest of the flower, but the main step is to eat the seeds of the flower-eating birds, such as gold mines, cardinals and house finches.

If you want to expand or move your sunflowers, offer a few flower heads for new beds next year or in your landscape. Plant a full sunlight on the soil where the seeds reach the ground. If the soil is fertile, the plants will grow up to 8 feet tall next summer.

Calvin Finch is a retired Texas A&M gardener. calvinrfinch@gmail.com

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