Texas is full of history. And it seems there are always surprising new facts to learn. If you enjoy natural history, you'll be delighted to learn that one of the oldest trees in the country lives in Texas! The towering oak, which resides in Fulton, is over 1,500 years old. Texas also contains the world's largest rose garden with over 38,000 rose bushes and 500 varieties.
Gardens in Dallas
Perhaps you are now inspired to make history yourself by establishing a picturesque garden in Dallas. To get inspiration, why not visit one of the magnificent gardens throughout the city? From beautiful native flowering plants to heat-resistant cacti, these places will help you determine what plants to add to your Dallas garden.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Covering nearly 70 acres of land, it is easy to spend a day exploring at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Essentially, the arboretum is a series of smaller themed gardens within the property's boundaries. These gardens include a children's garden designed to connect children with nature, an ornamental garden that also houses a restaurant with locally-sourced food and a Color Garden that has a spectacular display of more than 2,000 daffodils, tulips, and azaleas. Within this garden, which is especially handy if you're trying to plant a low-maintenance garden, is a "Waterwise" display that shows local homeowners how to install a water-saving system in their gardens.
Texas Discovery Gardens
The Texas Discovery Gardens features a series of events designed for aspiring gardeners. The gardens, which are open to the public, feature native plants as well as plants that originated from elsewhere but have adapted nicely to the local climate. In total, there is nearly eight acres' worth of familiar and exotic plants to admire. Along with the gardens, the property features exhibits on snakes of Texas and butterflies from near and afar. In addition to merely showing you which varieties of plants can grow in your yard, the gardens highlight plants designed for specific purposes, such as attracting birds, butterflies, and bees.
Belo Garden, which is located in central Dallas, covers nearly two acres of land. The park is currently home to more than 100 native trees of all kinds. It also has over 1,000 types of seasonal wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and hardy shrubs. So if you need inspiration for re-designing (or adding to) your entire property, this is the place to go! A surprise feature of the garden is an interactive water fountain. Other highlights of the park include seating for over 150 people to sit, relax, and enjoy the marvelous scenery, and a grass-covered hill that stands nearly 10 feet tall.
Main Street Garden Park
It is sometimes hard to believe that your own garden can come close to mirroring the professionally-planted and meticulously manicured gardens you see growing in a local botanical garden. But the Main Street Garden Park, which has an approachable, community-oriented feel, changes that perception. This park covers nearly two acres of land. It is located downtown and offers something for everyone with a public lawn, water fountains, and a cafe. There are several garden rooms in the park that showcase flowers, trees, and plants native to Texas and specially adapted to the local climate. Events take place in the park throughout the year, and there are walkways with interpretive signs.
Inspiration to Bring Home
After spending some time exploring the lovely gardens around Dallas, you'll probably be ready to start your own. Luckily, there are many hardy and resilient species to consider that will do well in the relatively warm, mild, subtropical climate of the region. As a bonus, many are also suited to survive the long, hot summers in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. This saves you money on watering the garden and means you can have a garden to enjoy for years.
One attractive flowering plant to consider is the Blackfoot daisy. This daisy is a perennial flower that thrives in full sunlight and needs very little water. With its versatile, decorative white flowers, this daisy is well-suited for some settings. Along with adding a neutral color to your garden, it is an excellent choice for potting in containers and adding to rock gardens. Conveniently, this daisy is a flower that the deer leave alone.
If you want a vertical climber or just a beautifully colored flower, the trumpet vine is worth considering. This plant is endemic to the East Coast. However, it is versatile and adapts quickly to many environments. Over time, it has become a standard fixture in the South, Southwest, and West. The vine produces stunning deep red-orange blossoms. As a critical source of nectar, the trumpet vine is an excellent choice if you want your garden to attract hummingbirds.
Smooth Prickly Pear
Cacti are one of the most symbolic plants of Texas. Therefore, it's only appropriate that you add one to your garden. If this is your first cactus, a suitable species to try is the smooth prickly pear. This species (like many in the cacti family) requires very little water. It is an exceptionally hardy species that needs few nutrients to keep going. The prickly pear cactus is suited to withstand the searing heat of Dallas's hot summers, which is always ideal. As a bonus, it attracts hummingbirds, too.
When desert willow blooms in the spring, you'll see dazzling flowers ranging from white to red, pink, and burgundy. Like many other species, this willow has adapted nicely to the local environment. It thrives in full sunlight, and it does fine with minimal watering. The desert willow is another good choice for attracting pollinators.
Many people think that because of its hot, dry summers, there is little hope for planting a garden in Dallas. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Many beautiful, hardy, and resilient species thrive in the local climate. By visiting the city's spectacular gardens and consulting a local garden company like Lawn Love, you'll easily find beautiful plants and flowers to start your own Dallas oasis. Overwhelmed by the process? Contact Lawn Love today to schedule a professional gardening service that will have your property looking stunning in no time.