Gardening is one of those things we all want to be good at – because flowers are beautiful and bring us joy. BUT the truth is, most of us struggle to keep basic house plants alive – much less a full garden exposed to the harsh Texas elements. We are lucky to have an abundance of knowledgeable gardening centers here in Waco. I have put together a list for you as well as some tips and tricks for gardening this time of year.
*Photo Credit to White Owl Portraits; Photography taken at Carleen Bright Arboretum*
- Westview Nursery & Landscaping- There are two locations.
- 1136 N Valley Mills Dr
- 10000 Woodway Dr
- Greenlife Nursery & Landscaping
- 1312 N New Road
- Bonnie’s Greenhouse
- 5198 Orchard Ln
- Colors of Texas
- 804 N Lacy Dr
- Robinson Greenhouse
- 628 Robinson Dr
- Barrera’s Nursery and Landscape
- 201 Sun Valley Blvd
Of course, in addition to these local options, there are also gardening centers at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart & Tractor Supply.
I spoke with Shane with Strong Roots Lawn Care, (254) 716-9030, and he had some very helpful tips for planting this time of year.
- “If you are looking for semi perennial flowers, dianthus are amazing and beautiful and come in reds, pinks, purples, and white.”
- “A small perennial shrub that does well is the pugster butterfly bush. It attracts butterflies and has beautiful cone shaped blooms.”
- “The best fertilizer for St. Augustine grass is Iron works from Westview nursery and landscape. For Bermuda grass Lawn Food Plus Iron.”
- “For any newly planted shrubs or trees it is best to use a root stimulator to get the roots good and strong for our scorching summers!”
- “The flowers and plants listed here can be planted throughout the year with the exception of the cold winter months.”
I also highly suggest you speak to the professionals at whichever garden center you visit. I have personally been those to listed above, and at each I’ve met someone who was kind and extremely willing to help guide me and offer tips.
Though I’m still in the beginning stages of my plant mom journey, I find it fulfilling and relaxing to garden both indoors and outdoors. It is a wonderful activity to calm the mind and really great to involve your kids in. My daughter loves watching things grow and is always entertained when we plant together or when she helps me water and maintain our current garden.
In a world where so much of our time is devoted to screens (yes, I’m guilty of this too), it’s nice to have something that roots us to the earth (pun intended). Our summers may be brutally hot in Texas but getting outside and enjoying the sunshine is great for you, your kids and your plants!
We would love to hear from you! Please, share some of your favorite gardening tips with us in the comments!
Gardening (indoor or outdoor) is also a fun and rewarding “chore” to give to your kiddos. It’s easy and they see their efforts growing!
Never had much of a “green thumb”; always say I could kill a cactus! I do have an Acacia Palm on my patio that is doing very well; was about 2 feet tall when I got it about 2 years ago, and it’s now about as tall as I am. I only water it; God I suppose does the rest.
My kiddo is always happy to help with anything involving dirt haha. Thanks for the reminder to hurry and get some flowers planted before it gets too hot!