TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
June 10, 2006
To attract butterflies, you can plant coreopsis, coral vine, blue plumbago, butterfly weed, lantana, purple coneflower, yarrow, Duranta, and Texas Lilac Vitex.
If you are looking for color for the hot part of the summer, consider planting periwinkles, esparanza, firebush, zinnias, Poinciana, portulaca, purslane, lantana, and Texas Lilac Vitex.
Proper watering and mulching with organic mulch is the best answer in conserving water during this drought. Figs are especially sensitive to dry soil.
Mulch four inches around new trees, so that they do not compete with grass. Do not cover the crown of any plant with mulch.
Raise the blade on the mower to three inches or more if you have St. Augustine. Continue to mow the Bermuda at 1-1.5 inch. Keep the mower blade sharp.
David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu