Over the years Brice Creelman, our talented and dedicated grower at our Brillo Verde Farm,
has shared his insights on various Native (and Texas Tuff) perennials through his “Plants of
the Week” postings on our Facebook page. I loved reading what he wrote, and putting
together the graphics to go along with his plant information. Through Brice, and many of our
nursery staff, I learned so much about perennials, shrubs, … and even some trees!
I wanted to take this opportunity to re-share a few of those plants with you that truly are
Texas Tuff, and perhaps a little over-looked. When planting these in the right place, and
providing adequate care, they will in turn provide your landscape with color and textural
interest for many years to come. Sharing knowledge. Isn’t that what Life is all about?
Zexmenia is one of those plants that makes
you look good. Easy to grow in Sun or Shade.
2-1/2’ to 3’ both ways. Orange daisy flowers
from late spring thru frost. Drought tolerant.
A good choice for dry shade. Native and
proud of it.
How about our native Pigeonberry. How about ez
to grow and maintain. How about pink and
white flowers. How about red berries. All at the
same time! Shade only. Very drought tolerant
once established. Plant with Turk’s Cap and
Columbine. About 1’-2’ both ways. Pollinators, of
course! Birds, of course!
Skullcap takes its dear sweet time showing
some color, but once it does (like now), it’s a
showstopper! Snuck over the Mexican
border by Dr. Creech at Stephen F. Austin
University. Great addition to your low
maintenance landscapes. Full Sun to Part
Shade. Gets about 24” x 30”. Pink blooms.
No insect or disease issues. E-Z-weezy!
Unlike you, Blackfoot Daisy never goes on
vacation. Blooms from March till Turkey Day.
Fragrant. Full sun. Must stay on the dry side.
Nothing better in a pot either. 12” tall by 24”-30”
wide. Born and raised in Texas. Pollinators