3 Mansfield-Area Shrubs to Add to Your Yard
Turk's cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)Turk's cap is native to south Texas, where it is a perennial and makes an outstanding ornamental for shady sites. The flowers look much like hibiscus but never fully open, so they look like little turbans. The flowers appear in a range of colors from red to pink to white and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a fast-growing shrub that reaches between 3 feet and 6 feet in height and width. It may not be hardy in north Texas but could be used as an annual there. It's drought-tolerant, once established.
NandinasNandinas come in a wide range of growth habits, with a variety of individual features that make them a versatile plant that can be used in most landscapes. They will grow happily in anything from full sun to around three-quarters shade. Several types will even tolerate heavier shade, even if it's not ideal for them. Simply work in a good amount of compost and expanded shale into your planting area, as you'd use in all normal shrub beds in our area, and nandina won't be fussy!
Burford HollyHollies are a diverse group of Trees and Shrubs that can serve an almost endless number of uses in Texas gardens. Nellie R. Stevens grows tall and upright into a cone-shaped tree; Dwarf Yaupon Holly grows low and spreads making it an ideal groundcover or low hedge; Pride of Houston and Christmas Jewel (pictured) are particularly popular for their abundant bright red berries in winter. Birds love the berries.