Since my flower garden is dormant at the moment I thought I would take this week to share some native plants that you might want to think about using in your own garden. Because I live in SE Texas I'll be focusing on plants of the south/southeastern United States. Some may have a broader range than that and you can certainly be liberal with your interpretation of 'native' and try to grow it elsewhere in the CONUS. . First up is American beautyberry. Ever since I first discovered it in a plant class in college I have adored this plant. Growing 3-5' tall, though sometimes larger, this plant is commonly found in woodlands in the southern US. It prefers open understory, so no super thick yaupon thickets, but give it a little light in a shady area and it will thrive! Once established it can be drought tolerant but I have seen it drooping in the heat of summer and in a spell of no rain. Sometimes they will drop their leaves early because of this. But the pretty purple fruits it produces in early fall are stunning in the landscape and food for birds. The berries are considered edible but can be astringent so most people who attempt to eat them turn the berries into jelly. I have not done so but you can find resources about that on the internet. . If you are lucky you may come across white berried plants, both in cultivation and in native habitat. We've come across a variegated one in the wild once, too! If you are looking for something different to add to your landscape and keep with a more natural woodland theme, this plant is one to add! . #beautyberry#callicarpa#nativeplants#nativeplantsoftexas#gardeningwithnativeplants#gardening#flowergarden#inmygarden#plantsofinstagram#instagardenlovers#gardenlife#mygarden#mysouthernliving#houstongarden#houstonia#trypod#gardenpodcast#zone9garden#gulfcoast
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Hi there! It's been awhile since I have done one of these so let's make today a Friday Introduction day. If you missed my first one back in the summer you can read it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWh0_9ODrYY/?taken-by=thegardenpathpodcast . First I'd like to thank the 800 of you who have decided to add me to your Instagram feed! Thank you! This is my only social media account (aside from a dormant YouTube channel) so other than finding the podcast and hitting subscribe in a podcatcher or feed reader from the podcast website, this is my only method of reaching out to others! I really enjoy Instagram, sharing photos and connecting with everyone. I value everyone I interact with here and enjoy learning more from everyone, too! Truly, thank you for being here and listening! . Let's see, a few more tidbits about myself: . +I am a voracious reader! I read nearly 50 books last year and hope to hit the same number this year. Of course I'd like to be one of those 100+ books a year readers but my life isn't situated for that right now. If I had to choose a favorite author it would be L.M. Montgomery. I believe I have read almost every single book she ever wrote! The Blue Castle is my favorite stand-alone book of hers. . +I'm kind of woo-woo about gardening, in the sense I move around the garden and 'feel' it---I feel where things should be planted, or *want* to be planted maybe. Every spot in my yard has its own vibe. Just me??? I know, it's a bit weird. I love to just sit and be in particular spots, daydream a little bit, and enjoy what the area wants to give to me. . +This photo is from our thru-hike of the Florida Trail in 2011. I wrote a book about that thru-hike but have not had it published yet, though I have certainly pitched it to publishers. My love for Florida runs deep. It's hard to pinpoint a favorite section of the FT, but I'd go with the Big Cypress section first followed by the Suwannee River section. But all of it is gorgeous and worth hiking! . Happy