Sharon Truett groundcovers: Central Texas Gardener

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>> THANKS FOR OPENING YOUR GARDEN TO US AGAIN, SHERRI.

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE US.

AND THANKS FOR BEING A FRIEND OF CENTRAL TEXASGARNER.

RIGHT NOW WE'LL TURN TO ANOTHER FRIEND OFTHE PROGRAM, SHARON TRUETT FROM THE NATURAL GARDENER.

AND ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US.

>> THANK YOU.

IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE.

>> WELL.

YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH ASSIGNMENT TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT TWO OF THEGROWING CONDITIONS THAT ARE HARDEST FOR CENTRAL TEXAS GARDENERS, FULL BLASTED HEAT AND DARKSHADE.

>> YES.

>> TOUGH THINGS TO DEAL WITH.

>> OF THAT THE SHADE IS THE TOUGHER OF THETWO.

THERE ARE PLANTS THAT LIKE THE FULL BLASTINGSUN.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

WE HAVE A VARIETY OF THINGS FOR GROUND COVERSIN THESE DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

AND THESE ARE REALLY COOL ALTERNATIVES TOBORING OLD GRASS.

>> I THINK SO, YEAH.

[ LAUGHTER ]WELL, WE'RE GOING TO START WITH SOME NEW SPEAKING OF GRASS, WE'RE GOING TO START WITH SOME NEWTURFS THAT REALLY LOOK EXCITING TO ME.

NOW, THE FIRST ONE IS CALLED TECH TURF.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND THIS IS A BUFFALO, RIGHT? >> IT'S A BUFFALO HYBRID.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS HI BRIDIZED WITH, BUT IT WAS A BUFFALO HYBRID.

>> I UNDERSTAND THIS IS IMPROVED IN MANY WAYSIN TERMS OF ITS AGGRESSIVENESS OVER THE OTHER BUFFALOES.

>> RIGHT.

IT WON'T LET NEARLY AS MUCH WEED AGGRESSIONINTO IT.

IT FILLS OUT VERY QUICKLY.

IT'S VERY THICK.

WE HAVE SOME GROWING AT THE NATURAL GARDENERAROUND OUR WATER OUR BIG WATER FEATURE.

AND I JUST LOVE TO TAKE MY SHOES OFF AND WALKBAREFOOT IN IT.

IT'S SOFT AND BLADE AND NEEDS VERY LITTLEWATER, VERY LITTLE WATER.

>> AND IT'S ONE OF THOSE GRASSES THAT LOOKSGREAT UNMOWED.

>> YES.

I PREFER IT UNMOWED.

WE'VE DONE BOTH.

IT ONLY GETS ABOUT SIX, EIGHT INCHES EYE HIGHWHEN DON'T MOW IT AND IT WILL SEED AND THE SEED ON TOP IS GOLD AND BEAUTIFUL.

OR YOU CAN MOW IT AND IT LOOKS LIKE A TURFGRASS.

>> I UNDERSTAND IT SPREADS AGGRESSIVELY, BUTIT'S EASY TO CONTROL.

>> YEAH, BECAUSE IT SPREES ON TOP OF THE SOIL, NOT UNDERNEATH LIKE BERMUDA.

SO WHEN YOU DON'T LIKE IT GOING INTO YOURGARDEN, JUST TAKE YOUR WE'D WHACKER AROUND THE EDGE AND IT'S PERFECT.

>> AGAIN, IT'S CALLED TECH TURF AFTERWARDAVAILABLE IN PLUGS.

I UNDERSTAND YOU CAN PLANT IT EVEN AS MAYBEON TWO FOOT CENTERS AND IT WILL AGGRESSIVELY FILL IN.

>> YEAH.

IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE LONGER, BUT IT'S A PRICEYGRASS, SO IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR MONEY GO FURTHER, JUST SPREAD IT A LITTLE WIDER.

>> RIGHT NEXT TO IT WE HAVE ANOTHER GRASSTHAT IS FOR THE OPPOSITE SITUATION.

THIS IS CALLED SHADOW TURF.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND THIS IS A ZOYSIA HYBRID.

>> RIGHT.

IT CAN TAKE UP TO 80% SHADE, WHICH OUT OF10 HOURS, THAT'S JUST TWO HOURS OF SUN.

THAT'S A LOT OF SHADE FOR A GRASS.

IT'S SUPPOSED TO ALSO GET VERY THICK, VERYTURF LIKE.

YOU CAN WALK IN IT.

VERY NICE.

>> IT'S A VERY ATTRACTIVE GRASS FROM HERE.

FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE PUTTING GREEN LOOKIN A LAWN, IT'S PRETTY DARN CLOSE.

>> AND EVEN THOUGH IT'S A HYBRID, VERY DROUGHTTOLERANT.

FINANCIAL WEAK IS WHAT THEY SAY.

>> IT'S ABOUT TWICE OUR ANNUAL RAINFALL, BUTIT'S BETTER THAN ST.

AUGUSTINE.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> YES.

>> NOT TOO BAD.

NOT TOO BAD.

BUT AGAIN, VERY ATTRACTIVE GRASS ALTERNATIVEFOR THOSE DIFFICULT PLACES.

AND AGAIN, BECAUSE OF OUR FOCUS ON GROUNDCOVERS AND DOING SOME UNUSUAL THINGS, YOU'VE BROUGHT GROUPS OF PLANTS WITH YOU TODAY, INCLUDINGA BATCH OF DIFFERENT HERBS.

AND I THINK THIS IS A FUN IDEA FOR GROUNDCOVER.

>> I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT OTHERTHINGS AN ASIAN JASMINE, VINCA, THOSE THINGS THAT SPREAD IN THAT TRADITIONAL WAY.

HERBS ARE IS WONDERFUL THING TO PUT IN THEREALLY HARD HOT STRIP BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET.

AND YOU CAN USE THEM FOR COOKING.

I BROUGHT OREGANO.

THREE DIFFERENT TYPES.

GOODNESS, THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES, BUT I WANTED TO SHOW A DIFFERENCE.

AND THEN THERE'S THYME, WHICH IS ALSO JUSTVERY DROUGHT TOLERANT, LOVES THE SUN AND YOU CAN USE IT FOR COOKING AND IT'S VERY BEAUTIFUL.

>> YOU DON'T HAVE WHEN YOU SAY GROUND COVER, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN YOU HAVE A SOLID PLANTING OF THE SAME EXACT PLANT.

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT.

>> YOU CAN USE GROUPS OF DIFFERENT THINGS, DIFFERENT FORMS OF THE SAME PLANT.

>> YES.

>> AND THAT'S A GOOD ILLUSTRATION OF THAT RIGHT THERE.

AND HERE YOU HAVE EDIBLE GROUND COVER.

>> I KNOW.

HOW WONDERFUL AND FRAGRANT TOO.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

SO IF YOU DO WALK ON IT, YOU GET THE FRAGRANCEWAFTING UP AS YOU WALK ON IT.

RIGHT NEXT TO IT ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLANTSIN MY GARDEN >> MINE TOO.

>> BLACKFOOT DAISY.

AND I USE IT IN MY GRAVEL GARDENS.

AND IT'S QUITE LITERALLY WEED LIKE THERE.

I DON'T HAVE TO DO A THING ABOUT IT.

JUST HAPPY AS IT CAN BE, BLOOMING PROBABLY10 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR.

>> RIGHT.

WATER, NO WATER, IT DOESN'T MATTER.

AND YOU SAID GRAVEL GARDEN, WHICH IS REALLYNEAT, BECAUSE IT LOVES TO BE TOP DRESSED WITH MAYBE DECOMPOSED GRANITE, WHICH IS VERY ATTRACTIVE.

AND YOU COULD PAIR THAT UP WITH FORENER DAISY, WHICH LIKES THE EXACT SAME CONDITION, YELLOW AND WHITE.

>> THAT'S THE PAIRING THAT I USE IN MY GARDEN.

THIS WITH THE FORENER DAISY.

>> AND THEY'LL BLOOM ALL WINTER.

>> YEAH, IT'S PRETTY MUCH A YEAR ROUND PLANT.

BOTH A LITTLE AGGRESSIVE.

THAT'S OKAY, THOUGH.

>> WHEN IT'S HAPPY, IT'S OKAY, WE CAN FORGIVEIT.

>> YOU BROUGHT ANOTHER GROUPING WITH YOU.

I LOVE THIS LITTLE PAIRING HERE.

AND THESE ARE DIFFERENT ICE PLANTS.

>> RIGHT, YEAH.

I THINK PEOPLE ARE BECOMING MORE FAMILIARWITH ICE PLANTS.

AND AGAIN, THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS, SO MANY DIFFERENT GENUS SPECIES OF THEM.

>> SOME ARE REALLY AGGRESSIVE.

>> AND IN SOME OTHER STATES THEY'RE REALLYAGGRESSIVE, MORE SO THAN HERE IN TEXAS.

I WANT TO SHOW THERE ARE TALL VARIETIES, MEDIUMAND REALLY LOW GROWING.

THEY ALL BLOOM PROFUSELY NOT SO MUCH IN THEHOTTEST PART OF THE SUMMER, BUT ALL SPRING AND? THE FALL AGAIN AND IN THE FALL AGAIN.

IN THE SUMMER IT'S A LOVELY GREEN MATT LOOK, VERY LOVELY.

>> OKAY.

WELL, AGAIN, THAT'S A PLANT FAMILY FOR PEOPLETO LOOK INTO, THE ICE PLANTS.

NOW, THIS IS A HUGE DIVERSE PLANT FAMILY.

AND ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLANTS IN IT.

YOU KNOW, THE WANDERING SHOE, THE LITTLE PURPLEVARIETY THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE, THAT'S A COMMON NAME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE KNOW IT BY.

I LOVE THE COLOR ON THIS ONE.

THIS IS A NEW FORM, RIGHT? >> RIGHT.

IT'S ALSO I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S HOW NEW ITIS, BUT IT'S NOT SEEN VERY OFTEN.

IT'S GOT A FUZZY COVERING, TOO, THAT I DON'TKNOW IF YOU CAN SEE IN THE CAMERA.

>> YEAH.

AND IT'S CALLED PURPLE HAZE.

MEXICAN SPIDER WORT.

>> PURPLE HAZE.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

I LOVE IT.

AND I DON'T HAVE THIS VARIETY IN MY GARDEN AT HOME, BUT I HAVE THE PURPLE.

AND IT BLOOMS FULL SHADE AND BEES LOVE IT.

SO IT'S A GREAT WAY TO ATTRACT POLLINATORSTO YOUR YARD.

IT'S WONDERFUL.

>> IT'S A GREAT PLANT FAMILY.

LOTS OF DIFFERENT ONES IN IT.

>> AND DROUGHT TOLERANT AS ALL GET OUT.

>> GREAT CHOICE.

NOW, SALVIAS ARE ANOTHER GOOD CHOICE.

AND YOU BROUGHT THE LITTLE CEDAR SAGE, ANDYOU WANTED TO SHOW KIND OF IT PAIRED UP HERE.

WE'LL DO THAT FOR YOU SO PEOPLE CAN SEE HOWATTRACTIVE THIS WOULD BE WHEN IT'S PLANT UNDERSTAND A MASS PLANTING.

>> RIGHT.

FOR THAT BRIGHT SHADE I WOULDN'T PLANT THISIN THE DEEPEST, DARKEST SHADE, BUT FOR THE DAPPLED SHADE, THE MORNING SUN SHADE, YOUCAN BUY THESE IN LITTLE FOUR INCH PLANTS, SO YOU CAN PLANT THEM ALL THROUGH AN AREA.

AND IT'S GETTING READY TO BLOOM.

I WISH IT WAS BLOOMING.

IT'S STILL GROWING.

>> BEAUTIFUL RED FLOWER.

>> STRIKING RED FLOWERS.

IT WILL RECEDE QUITE AGGRESSIVELY AND YOUCAN LITERALLY HAVE JUST A MEADOW OF CEDAR SAGE AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

>> I KNOW PEOPLE ACTUALLY MOW THIS>> YOU CAN MOW IT AND IT NEVER TOTALLY DISAPPEARS EVEN IN THE WINTER.

SO IT'S ANOTHER GOOD GROUND COVER.

>> RIGHT.

WELL, IT'S REALLY A TERRIFIC PLANT.

I'M GOING TO SKIP ONE BECAUSE WE'RE RUNNINGA LITTLE LOW ON TIME.

I WANT TO SHOW SOME HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THESETHINGS WHERE THE COLORS ARE REALLY PUNCHED OUT.

AND WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF SALVIA COCCINEA HERE.

>> AND CORAL.

>> THEY'RE CALLED THE TROPICAL SAGES IS ONECOMMON NAME.

HERE IS CORAL NYMPH, RIGHT? >> CORAL NYMPH.

>> AND I TELL YOU, FOLKS, THESE ARE AGGRESSIVE.

THEY WILL SEED OUT.

>> ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU WANT IN THAT HARD TOFIND HARD TO GROW AREA? YOU WANT SOMETHING TO TAKE HOLD AND YOU DON'THAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.

>> RIGHT.

AND AGAIN, I REMEMBER IN THE VERY FIRST BOOKON TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS THAT REALLY HIT BY SELLING IN, THEY HAVE A PICTURE OF THIS REDFORM MOWED AS A LARGE SCALE GROUND COVER.

IT WAS ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS BECAUSE ALL THEFLOWERS WILL COME UP AT ONCE WHEN IT'S MOWED AND CUT AT THE SAME TIME.

>> THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

>> THE SHOW WAS REALLY SPECTACULAR.

>> AND IT GETS REAL THICK IF YOU MOW IT TOO.

>> GREAT CHOICES FOR I'D SAY HALF DAY SHADEOR SUN, RIGHT? >> RIGHT, RIGHT.

OR JUST DAPPLED SHADE ALL DAY LONG UNDER AHIGH CANOPY OF TREES.

>> I OFTEN TELL PEOPLE IF THEY HAVE PROBLEMSGROWING THINGS IN SHADE AND THEY WANT COLOR, LOOK FOR THE LARGE LEAF VARIETIES OF SALVIALIKE THIS.

I THINK>> THERE ARE MANY OTHERS.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> WELL, SHARON, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLETO GET TO ALL THE PLANTS UNFORTUNATELY, BUT WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE YOU COMING BY ANDSHARING ALL THESE COOL THINGS.

ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE NEW GRASS INTRODUCTIONS.

>> THOSE ARE WONDERFUL.

PEOPLE ARE LOVING THEM TOO.

>> I'LL BET.

I'LL BET THEY ARE.

>> LOTS OF GOOD FEEDBACK.

>> SHARON TRUETT, AGAIN FROM THE NATURAL GARDENER, IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU.

YOU DO SUCH A GREAT JOB DOWN THERE.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

>> COMING UP NEXT IT'S OUR FRIEND SKIP RICHTER.

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