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The chaste tree continues to bloom sporadically until early fall. Not only is the tree strikingly beautiful when in full bloom, but it is also fragrant and attracts pollinating bees and hummingbirds make hungry visits.

The chaste tree continues to bloom sporadically until early fall. Not only is the tree strikingly beautiful when in full bloom, but it is also fragrant and attracts pollinating bees and hummingbirds make hungry visits.

Coral vine is beautiful and easy to grow. It's rapid growth rate and thick luxuriant foliage make it a good candidate for screening unsightly views. The abundant and brilliantly beautiful flowers attacts hordes of butterflies.

Coral vine is beautiful and easy to grow. It's rapid growth rate and thick luxuriant foliage make it a good candidate for screening unsightly views. The abundant and brilliantly beautiful flowers attacts hordes of butterflies.

Texas Heavenly Sage! I have one in my front yard! I love it!

Texas Heavenly Sage! I have one in my front yard! I love it!

Rue (ruta graveolens) The rue plant is the Host Plant for three different types of butterflies.  The Black Swallowtail, Anise Swallowtail (which is basically a western version of the Black Swallowtail), and the Giant Swallowtail butterflies use this plant (among others) on which to lay their eggs so their caterpillars can eat the foliage and grow.

Rue (ruta graveolens) The rue plant is the Host Plant for three different types of butterflies. The Black Swallowtail, Anise Swallowtail (which is basically a western version of the Black Swallowtail), and the Giant Swallowtail butterflies use this plant (among others) on which to lay their eggs so their caterpillars can eat the foliage and grow.

Yuletide Camellia -- Single, brilliant red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make an elegant statement. Filtered sun. Midseason. Zone: 7 – 10

Yuletide Camellia -- Single, brilliant red blooms centered with bright yellow stamens make an elegant statement. Filtered sun. Midseason. Zone: 7 – 10

Odontonema strictum, firespike,  Two back behind garage  Firespike is not only good-looking, but it also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  The plant spreads underground, but can also be propagated easily from softwood cuttings that flower in their first year.  O. strictum is also very amenable to pruning.  You can either cut it back hard or prune it lightly several times during the year to maintain the look that you prefer.

Odontonema strictum, firespike, Two back behind garage Firespike is not only good-looking, but it also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. The plant spreads underground, but can also be propagated easily from softwood cuttings that flower in their first year. O. strictum is also very amenable to pruning. You can either cut it back hard or prune it lightly several times during the year to maintain the look that you prefer.

Wax Myrtle (Southern Bayberry). Small tree or pruned as shrub; forms suckers. Perfect for stream banks and flooding/drought areas. Berries are high energy food source for winter birds. Fixes nitrogen, thrives in poor soils.

Wax Myrtle (Southern Bayberry). Small tree or pruned as shrub; forms suckers. Perfect for stream banks and flooding/drought areas. Berries are high energy food source for winter birds. Fixes nitrogen, thrives in poor soils.

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