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3 Mansfield-Area Shrubs to Add to Your Yard

Sep 21, 2016 03:24PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

In a recent article, "Analyzing the Abundance of Abelias," abelias are explored as a lovely shrub to beautify your yard. We've put together 3 native-area shrubs that will thrive in the Mansfield, Texas climate. 

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.

Nandinas

Nandinas 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 Holly

Hollies 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.


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