Some of the most beautiful wildflowers in the world grow right here in Houston, Texas. We have our own Texas state flower, the Bluebonnet, as well as Purple Coneflowers, Blanketflowers, Brown-eyed Susans and more. But there’s no reason you have to go out looking for wildflower in Houston, Texas when you can simply grow your own wildflower garden in your own backyard. For the perfect wildflowers to plant, as well as tips and suggestions on growing a wildflower garden in Houston, Texas, see below.
Texas Bluebonnet. The Texas state flower is one of the easiest wildflowers to grow in your wildflower garden. Plant it in the fall in your Houston garden, and it will blossom from March through May with blue, pink and maroon flowers. It does best when planted in full sun, and also prefers sandy soil. This wildflower is a good choice for container gardens, too.
Brown-eyed Susans. This tall (up to four feet) wildflower will bloom from the spring through the fall in your Houston, Texas garden. This is a hard to kill flower, drought tolerant, disease resistant, and able to stand cold down to zero degrees (unlikely in Houston, Texas.) This native Texas plant does best when planted in full sun, and will naturalize through self-seeding.
Butterfly Weed. Longing for butterflies in your Houston, Texas wildflower garden? Try planting this hard to kill perennial. This wildflower is the host plant for the Monarch butterfly, and it will bring other butterflies as well. Plant this Texas native in full to partial sun, and it will bloom in orange, red, yellow and multicolor from March all the way through October. Plant in either the spring or fall.
Indian Blanket. The pretty orange and red petals of this flower, with bright yellow tips, will look beautiful in your Houston wildflower garden. A Texas native, plant this flower in full sun in the fall; it will bloom from May all the way through October in your wildflower garden. It is drought tolerant, but will die if Houston experiences an extended freeze. This is a low care wildflower that is a good choice for Houston container gardens.
Purple Coneflower. This wildflower also makes a good cut flower, with pretty purple petals and a bronze center. Plant this Texas native in the full to partial sun of your Houston garden, and it will bloom from the spring through the fall. This flower will also bring lots of butterflies to your wildflower garden, and looks very pretty in a mixed border, too.
Drummond Phlox. A good choice for groundcover in your wildflower garden, this Texas native comes in many beautiful colors, including a lovely red. Plant this wildflower in your garden in full sun in the fall, and it will bloom from October all the way until May. This plant is fairly hardy but doesn’t care for the Houston, Texas summer heat. It will attract butterflies to your wildflower garden, and also does well in a container.
Gulf Coast Penstemon. This gorgeous wildflower has lavender tubular flowers that will bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant this Texas native in the fall in either full or partial sun, and enjoy its lovely fragrant blooms in the spring. This perennial can grow up to three feet tall, and survives the Houston, Texas winter without problem.