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Barton Springs Nursery

3601 Bee Cave Road  I  Austin, Texas 78746

Blog posts June 2015

Blonde Ambition

Forget the peroxide! 'Blonde ambition' is a variety or our native blue grama that has a chartreuse bloom which matures to a bright blonde during the summer. This attractive short prairie grass is tolerant of a wide range of soils, highly drought tolerant and generally deer resistant....and the folia…

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I remember my first time visiting Hawaii, I was walking around a botanical garden and saw a large tree with a beefy trunk and gorgeous mahogany bark, smooth and gnarled. When I located the name plate, I was very surprised to see that it was Buddleia davidii. We commonly call it butterfly bush around…

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Angel Oak

The other day during a trip to Charleston, SC, I found myself on John's Island at Angel Oak. A seriously incredible Live Oak thought to be the 300-400 years old. At 65 feet tall with some of the largest branches I've ever seen, Angel Oak provides 17,000 sq. ft. of shade and is said to be the largest…

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Mountain Pea

Mountain pea is gaining popularity as an attractive evergreen groundcover for sun to light shade. It is drought tolerant and has lovely little purple blooms over a long season. Not super showy but very reliable and hardy. Some folks get this plant confused with another species in the genus (Orbexilu…

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Cherokee Sunset Gloriosa Daisies

These Cherokee Sunset Gloriosa Daisies have been blowing us away! At almost 4 inches across, these flowers really are some show stoppers here. They're really kicking into their long blooming season, now that the sun has come out on us again. Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ is a relative of our nat…

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Back from the dead...

I read something amazing this morning in my book about seeds. Most people are familiar with medjool dates as having the biggest sweetest fruits out there....but there was once an even sweeter variety called the Judean date, which is given several mentions in the Old Testament for it's superior quali…

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