ALL OF THESE PLANTS DID SUPERBLY THIS SUMMER. I WOULD SAY THEY ARE WELL-ADAPTED TO WELL-DRAINED, PARTIALLY SHADY SITES IN ZONE 9A OR ABOVE.
The Silver European Fan Palm has very small leaves and has a spiky look. It will take a year to tell how it fits in.
The Needle Palm is absolutely my surprise of the summer. I had no idea they were so beautiful and lush. They remind me of a fuller version of a lady palm. The leaves are shiny green with a pale underside. They are adapted to very low temperatures, so I'm not worried about freezes for either of these.
Needle Palm ~native to the SE United States
I've already raved about the Black Foot Daisy, so I'll mention the
Pink Muhly Grass. I bought this on sale for a dollar since Lowe's had almost killed it.
Obviously, it is very drought tolerant to survive such neglect. It looks great in contrast to agaves. I can't wait for the bloom spikes this Fall.
It is a Texas native, so it is adapted to our weather extremes.
Agave celsii is my absolute favorite new agave. I was delighted to find it on sale at Wal-Mart!
The Agave stricta is also a beautiful addition to the garden. I have never seen these for sale in Houston, so somebody is finally getting the message that gardeners would like plants that don't need endless watering.
I don't remember the name of this hybrid Coreopsis, but the foliage is outstandingly beautiful for a coreopsis. So far, it has bloomed nonstop in 97 degree weather with no transplant shock. Wow!
I'm guessing this is Zinna 'Prolific'. I went back to buy more, but they had sold all 20 in two days!
I'm not that fond of orange zinnias, but these seem to work well in the dry shady beds.
I'm going try to add about five more to give the area some pizzazz. It too had no transplant shock.
This is what it looks like here after almost 4 weeks without rain. It has rained all around us, but not in my area of Houston. It was 99 degrees when I took this picture. However, the news reported that we will only have a high of 90 on Saturday with possible rain. Yippee. We are on day 27 with barely any rainfall. I've take the garden through 40 days with no rain, but it's not easy.
That's it from Tropical Texana. Hope your garden is under less stress than mine.