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Barton Springs Nursery

3601 Bee Cave Road  I  Austin, Texas 78746

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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 …

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Lil' Kim Violet Althea

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 …

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Butterfly Weed

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) t…

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Ancient Trees

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…

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Fiddle Leaf Figs

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.


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Meeting Felder Rushing

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 m…

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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 th…

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Winter Veggies

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 …

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American Beauty Berry

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 crus…

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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 Kumquat…

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It's about time for the violets to spring out of their summer dormancy, which every year reminds me that summer doesn't last forever! What a great groundcover they make in the dry shade. We have several native species in Texas, but the one most commonly seen in our gardens is the Missouri violet, ak…

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Southern Magnolia

Ah, the exquisite elegance of the Southern Magnolia; what a shame that we cannot, as of yet, convey fragrances through these posts!
Native to southeastern Texas, it can do quite well in mesic areas in central and east Austin with some soil depth. They will love a bag of acidified compost at plantin…

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Red Powder Puff

Occasionally we find a gem lurking in the back of one of our greenhouses and decide to make it available to the customers that enjoy having something a little different. In this case it's a member of the calliandra genus (commonly known as fairy dusters) called red powder puff. This is a very showy …

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Tour de Hives and Bee-Friendly Plants

We're delighted to be partnering with and co-sponsoring the Zilker Park "Tour de Hives" that is going on right now. There are all kinds of neato bee exhibits and speakers to help us learn. We've sent our own eco-enthusiast and insect-advocate Eva Van Dyke to give a talk on local plants to help bees.

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Salvia greggii

Salvia greggii is one of our most useful garden perennials, and it's worth revisiting the many attributes of this 'oldy but a goody'. Right now with temps hovering in the 100's, autumn sage(as it's also known) is thriving without irrigation and even blooming a bit in the hot strip between my sidewal…

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Lamb's Quarter

One of our common but little known garden weeds turns out to be related to spinach and equally nutritious! It's called lamb's quarter and it grows in the warm season when spinach is gasping for air, making it an admirable substitute. The mineral rich leaves, roots and seeds of lamb's quarter are all…

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Texas Star Hibiscus

The native Texas Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccinea) has decided that it's time to shine!
This beauty is native to East Texas, and with sufficient irrigation, will still thrive in the Austin area as well. It's a root-hardy perennial that can grow over 6 feet tall with 4-7 inch wide blossoms all the w…

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Welcome Home

For those few native Texans still left here in Austin ;)

Pale Pavonia

Pavonia hastata goes by the common name pale pavonia and is a tough little deciduous 4 foot shrub that has these attractive pale pink to white blooms set off with a red eye in the center. It's kin to our native rock rose and is drought tolerant and low maintenance, thriving in a variety of soil type…

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Tobacco Hornworms and Braconid Wasps

This Tobacco Hornworm has been colonized by one of it's natural predators, the Braconid Wasp. If you find a Caterpillar in this state, please don't kill it. It is still being used as a food source of the larva of this beneficial, non-stinging (for people anyway) wasp. The white little protrusions on…

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