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Barton Springs Nursery

3601 Bee Cave Road  I  Austin, Texas 78746



September 21, 2016

Bamboo is here!

We now have six different types of clumping bamboo in various sizes from 5 gallon to 30 gallon containers. These clumping varieties aren't invasive the way many folks imagine all bamboo to be. Their base cluster gradually widens in a similar manner to an iris, but the do not send out "runners", neither above or below the ground. We're carrying varieties that mature to heights as low as 10 feet up to as tall as 50 feet, and a few types in between.

It's the last day of summer, and is it me, or with the temps today, does it seem like summer just doesn't want to let go of Austin?

Lil' Kim Violet Althea

September 16, 2016

Oh, these are pretty!

We have just landed our first Lil' Kim Violet Althea. Their plum-violet flowers can get up to 3 inches across, and stand out drastically against their dark green foliage. These deciduous, drought tolerant shrubs are a more compact Althea, growing to a maximum of 4 feet tall & 3 feet wide. Like other Altheas, they can bloom from late spring straight through the summer. I'm excited!
Provide them with a well drained, healthy soil, plenty of sun, and some moderate supplemental water during droughts to keep them their happiest & showiest.

Butterfly Weed

September 16, 2016

We have just received our first autumn shipment of native milkweeds! We now have 7 different types of butterfly weeds (milkweeds) in 1 gallon containers available to help you, help our dear & nearly endangered Monarch Butterflies as they pass through on their annual migration south. Yes, seven (7) types! As an added bonus, butterfly weeds also attract other beautiful pollinators like Swallowtail Butterflies, Queen Butterflies, and native bees.

The native Butterfly Weeds we're currently stocked in are Orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Texas (white) MIlkweed (Asclepias texana), Showy (pink) Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), Common (white) Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Green Antelope Horn (Asclepias viridis) & Broadleaf (green-white) Butterfly Weed (Asclepias latifolia). We still have plenty Tropical (orange & red) Milkweed (Asclepias currasavica) in stock as well.

Ancient Trees

September 15, 2016

There have been some really neat articles in the news lately about ancient trees! First, who knew there was a grove of 2000 olive trees in Lima, Peru planted nearly 500 years ago by the Spaniards when they arrived? It's nice to know they now constitute a park that is enjoyed by the locals who picnic and get married under the majestic gnarled old trees. And in other news researchers in the mountains of northern Greece have discovered an area that has several pine trees that are over 1000 years old and remarkably have survived untouched and unscathed by the surrounding humanity that has fought countless wars in the region throughout the millennia. Pretty neat!

Fiddle Leaf Figs

September 13, 2016

Fiddle Leaf Figs are here!
Folks have been pining for these babies, and our first autumn shipment has landed :)
We have them in both 3 gallon & 7 gallon containers, along with a few 3 gallon containers of the more unusual Little Leaf Fiddle Leaf Fig. Get 'em before they're gone.


Meeting Felder Rushing

September 10, 2016

On meeting Felder Rushing, the "Gestalt Gardener," accomplished author, lecturer, and supremely gifted horticulturist at Barton Springs Nursery...

Willy: "Wow! Felder Rushing! What are you doing here?"
Felder: "Just passing through like bad gas..."
Willy: "Would you mind taking a photo with me? You're one of my heroes, and it would sure mean a lot to me."...
Felder: "You ought to pick better heroes. Sure, though, we can take a picture. You know, though, I'm gonna need to put a banana leaf on your head."
Willy: "I completely understand."


September 8, 2016

Echinacea is well known as an herbal supplement, but here in central Texas we love it as a gorgeous native wildflower that brings so much cheer to the garden. It is native only to north America but is now recognized and cultivated worldwide. It's spiny orange central cone gives it it's name (from the Greek echinos meaning hedgehog) and much of it's beauty, when coupled with a multitude of petal colors it is a real garden standout. Newer forms are emerging that are quite interesting and keep us plant lovers fascinated such as white swan, rubinstern red, cheyenne spirit and double decker (which looks like a headless hula dancer!)

Winter Veggies

September 6, 2016

With the cooler than usual temps it's time to plant your winter veggies. For those new to our area or inexperienced with winter gardening, here are a few hot tips. Generally the things we plant this time of year will be the greens including kale, chard, collards, bok choi, lettuce and the brassicas including broccoli and cauliflower. The onion family and the carrot family are other tasty morsels that grow through the winter. The trick is that they like winter sun so on the hotter end of the season (now) it is helpful to shade them with a shade cloth until our daytime temps drop. During the winter they generally don't mind a frost and don't need to be covered unless it is going to be an extended and severe cold snap. I have only had my winter veggies freeze once and that was the time 4 years ago or so when we had 3 straight days that were in the teens and never warmed above freezing. So if that type of weather were to appear a frost cloth will be necessary to keep them safe. We're starting to stock up this week with starts and also have our shelves loaded with seeds. One final tip is that lettuce is a bit more finicky about the heat and has a tendency to bolt (go to seed) if we have a warm snap in late September or October and it's therefore best to wait until late October to plant. Many people consider winter the easiest time of year to grow foodstuffs and if you've never tasted homegrown broccoli, it's much sweeter than store bought!

American Beauty Berry

September 2, 2016

It's American Beauty Berry's (Callicarpa americana) turn to shine!

Birds love the edible berries of this native, understory, durable, deciduous shrub, and we love how vibrant the berries are. Also, researchers have recently verified the effectiveness of the Native American tradition of using crushed leaves of these beauties (see what I did there?) to repel mosquitoes.


August 31, 2016

Our first Fall shipment of citrus are here!

We just got in 2 gallon containers of Meyers Lemons, Meiwa Kumquats, Miho Satsuma Tangerines, & Rio Red Grapefruit. These Texas grown babies look luscious and are just waiting for folks to come by & give them new homes. Did you all know that the Kumquats are the most cold hardy citrus we know of? We know one landscaper that uses them as evergreen hedges in the Austin area. Now, doesn't that sound pretty awesome?

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