Last week the rains didn’t dampen landscapers, Master Gardeners and industry reps from attending the annual Horticulture Field Day in Overton, Texas, where trials of a wide range of mostly annual flowers and foliage plants were planted in replicates to see which ones had what it takes to make a good showing in our hot, humid (and often rainy) East Texas climate. Of course, this is just the end of June, and it will be interesting to see which ones will still be going strong when it comes time to switch out the annuals for pansies and other cool season plants.
Here’s a couple of views of the trials at the North Farm. Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist and coordinator of the trials, also had his demonstration garden and container trials on display at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Overton.
Here is a photo gallery of some things that caught my eye. Note the colored flags in many of the photos. This year the guys had blue flags, and the gals had pink flags, so it was also interesting to see what plants attracted the most attention between the sexes.
Finally, a couple of shots of containers, and a cool perennial Hesperaloe (Red Yucca) that’s really red (rather than the common coral color)