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What's Blooming at ZBG—

October, 2009—
After the hottest summer on record for Austin and Central Texas – coupled with the dreaded Stage 2 watering restrictions – you might assume that Zilker Botanical Garden was looking a little shabby.  Not the case at all!  If you ventured into the garden this summer, as soon as you pulled into the parking lot a kaleidoscope of color and texture bombarded your eyes.  Beds around the parking lot and garden center were given extra attention by PARD staff and all of this tender, loving care paid off.

Starting with the perennial Esperanza/Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) surrounding the stone sculpture of the Lone Star state, your visual tour around the parking lot includes a variety of thriving native and adapted plants that spent the summer as bedfellows with some showy non-natives…

Esperanza/Yellow Bells
(Tecoma stans)
Pride of Barbados
Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

Batface Cuphea
Batface Cuphea (Cuphea Ilavea)

Coleus & Caladium
Caladiums & Coleus
galore!  Not native plants, but hardy summer annuals in Austin and Central Texas gardens.

Firebush (Hamelia patens)



For your own visual tour, head for Zilker Botanical Garden soon, before the winter chill arrives in Austin!


See what's blooming during other times of the year—

  Batface Cuphea

Grow Green guide

Descriptions of these plants are included in the City of Austin’s Grow Green informative guide, Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an earthwise guide for Central Texas (4th Edition, 2009).  This publication is available at local nurseries and at the Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden.  You can also download the guide at

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Austin Area Garden Council