Berms in Central Texas

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Fermi
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Hi David.

it will be interesting to see how things survive the summer. What we found when we moved to this area which has a much hotter and drier climate than Melbourne was that things we took for granted back there simply dwindled away or died outright due to the change of environment. One of our biggest problems was a lack of shade and it took a long time to grow the trees which now provide some respite from the sun, but there were many things which surprised us by thriving.

Fortunately many Australian native plants are suited to our conditions. You may say "Of course they would - they're Australian!" but some of them come from the other side of the country (Western Australia) but enjoy a similar climate "at home".

Sticking to your local flora would be a safe place to start but experimenting with rock plants from further afield will determine what else will succeed. Adjusting the environment by the use of berms, rocks and mulches may make a difference to how things grow. Are you interested in bulbs such as cooperias, habranthus and zephyranthes?

Best wishes for continued success,

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

David Guillet
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Joined: 2015-01-03

Hi Fermi,

The sudden shift to the warm, some would say hot, days of Central Texas spring have already made me little apprehensive about what lies ahead. The first of two batches of plants from Laporte Avenue and Sunscape nurseries in Colorado went in this week.  I chose plants as best I could from ecoregions of steppe terrestrial biomes elsewhere. The Edwards Plateau where I garden is located in the southern extension of the Great Plains, one of the four steppe biomes, the others being Central Asia, Patagonia, and South Africa.  The excellent new book, Steppes, put together by staff members of the Denver Botanic Garden gave me the idea to use this as a strategy in selecting plants. I put together a list of plants from the Asteraceae, Fabaceae, Onagraceae, Scrophulariaceae and other families common to this biome. I also included a few from the Mediterranean. It remains to be seen how many will be able to stand the heat. 

I've have great luck with Cooperia pedunculata and have put in some habranthus sp. 

I'm starting to think about propagation from the seed lists starting this fall to expand the possibilities.

All the best,

David 

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