Local Plant Provided Expands Hours, Selection in New Location
It is mid-May and my garden is approaching the height of its spring peak. Spring blooming plants are in full bloom, joined by early heat loving perennials. The shoots of mid-summer bloomers are growing strong and leaves are emerging, stems elongating on perennials that adorn the garden in late summer and early autumn. This is the time of the year when the gardener sees his hard work and planning pay off for another year.
Not so in your garden? Three or four seasons of bloom are yet to be planned and implemented? Not to worry – Canyon's Edge Plants to the rescue! Owned and operated by Neal Hinders, Canyon's Edge Plants has just moved to the square in Canyon, TX (or very nearly on the square, just one block west) at 1401 5th Avenue, behind Palace Coffee.
In operation for over a decade, Neal Hinders has been providing the Texas Panhandle and beyond with a wide selection of native, drought tolerant, and adaptable plants suited for our unique High Plains biome. The last several years, Hinders became an official propagator and grower of Plant Select® plants, durable plants for the Western U.S.
Plant Select® plants are a group of plants endorsed and promoted by Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens – plants that are either native to the West or superior varieties or hybrids of natives that have not been as sought after for gardens as they deserve to be. Other selections are non-natives from similar floristic regions of the world. Many of the Plant Select® plants make great garden perennials for the Texas Panhandle.
Canyon's Edge Plants carries many Plant Select® suitable for our area, including:
- Coronado® Red Hyssop, Agastache 'Pstessene'
- Coronado® Hyssop, Agastache aurantiaca
- Sunset Hyssop, Agastache rupestris
- Chocolate Flower, Berlandia lyrata
- Diamond Grass, Calamagrostis brachytricha
- Twinspur Coral Canyon®, Diascia integerrima
- Sunset® Foxglove, Digitalis obscura
- Spanish Peaks® Foxglove, Digitalis thapsi
- Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean, Dolichos lablab (vine)
- Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa (shrub)
- Red Yucca, Hesperaloe paviflora
- Hummingbird Trumpet Mint, Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'
- Undaunted Ruby Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia reverchonii
- Silver Blade Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa ssp. incana
- Silverton® Blue Mat Penstemon, Penstemon linarioides var coloradoensis
- Bridges Penstemon, Penstemon rostriflorus
- Cheyenne® Mockorange, Philadelphus lewisii
- Silver Sage, Salvia argentea
- Vermilion Bluffs® Mexican Sage, Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl'
- 'Furmans Red' Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'
- Mojave Sage, Salvia pachyphylla (photo at right)
- Redbirds in a Tree, Scrophularia macrantha
- Pink Texas Skullcap, Scutellaria suffrutescens
- Moon Carrot, Seseli gummiferum
- Turkish Speedwell, Veronica liwanensis
- Gold on Blue Prairie Zinnia, Zinnia grandiflora 'Gold on Blue'
For a complete plant list, visit Neal's website at Canyonsedgeplants.com.
Native and adaptive xeric and medium water-use plants thrive in our variable and harsh Panhandle climate; they're tried and true. Whether it plants to fill in empty spaces in existing beds or creating new beds and borders, Canyon's Edge Plants offers many plants not sold in other nurseries in the Texas Panhandle. In soil amended for the types of plants, they thrive with monthly or bi-monthly watering, once established. Nurseries across the country face many challenges – economics, competition from big box discounters and the current drought, with many local growers going out of business. Regionally appropriate plants are a necessity for our region to beat the heat and wind while conserving water.
Help preserve one of our regional treasures and support our local plantsman. Visit Canyon's Edge Plants Monday through Saturday, 9 -6 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. for plants that will make your landscape sparkle like a jewel spring through fall.
Angie Hanna, May 20, 2014