There are probably plenty of spots in your Houston, Texas yard or garden that need a tall perennial or two. It might be at the back of your mixed border, or perhaps along a fence, stone wall, or even the side of your garage. Fortunately, there are lots of gorgeous perennials that will flourish in your Houston, Texas garden while reaching heights of four, five, six feet or more! If you are looking for beautiful flowers to fill in bare (but tall) spots in your garden, try planting a few of the lovely perennials below.
False Aster. This gorgeous flower can reach heights of up to six feet, and may need to be staked in your Houston, Texas garden. These are the perfect perennials for the back of your mixed border, or to use as an accent plant. It has flowers of pink, lilac, purple and white that will bloom from late summer through the fall in Houston, Texas. These tall perennials do best when planted in full sun to bright shade, and don’t mind soil that is slightly damp. Plant them in the early spring or fall and they will bring butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden. These perennials are also drought tolerant, another blessing in Houston, Texas.
Butterfly Weed. A host plant to the Monarch butterfly, this lovely flower will grow to be about six feet tall. Its creamy white flowers bloom from spring through the fall, and will attract other butterflies besides Monarchs to your Houston, Texas garden. These tall perennials are great flowers to use for mixed borders, and they also make a good accent plant. You can plant them from spring through fall in your garden, and they will regrow in the spring even if damaged by a freeze. These tall perennials do prefer soil with good drainage, and should be planted in full sun.
False Artichoke. A very ornamental plant, the False Artichoke grows to be about five feet tall and blossoms with large, thistle-like purple flowers all summer. These flowers work well as cut flowers in arrangements. Plant these tall perennials in the fall through early spring in full sun, preferable in soil with good drainage. They also have pretty silvery-green foliage. Use them in mixed borders, or in your container garden.
Giant Coneflower. This sassy native perennial grows in swampy areas in the wild but can be drought tolerant if
planted in your Houston, Texas garden. They have large blue-tinged leaves and bright yellow petals surrounding their brown centers. They do best when planted in full to partial sun, and will bloom from the spring through the fall. Don’t be surprised by heights of up to seven feet, which will look gorgeous in the back of your mixed border. These tall perennials are also great as an accent plant in your Houston, Texas garden. A really big accent plant!
Flare Hibiscus. One of my shorter tall perennials, this gorgeous shrub will grow to be about four feet tall in your Houston, Texas garden. It has fuchsia blooms that can be between eight and ten inches across, and foliage that looks like Maple tree leaves. These tall perennials will attract butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden, and can withstand droughts as well as winter freezes. The best time to plant them is in the fall, in full sun, and they will blossom from late spring through the first frost. This perennial is a Texas Superstar, and does well in containers.
Terri’s Pink Hibiscus. Taller than the Flare Hibiscus, this pink beauty can grow to be about six feet tall. It blooms continuously with pink six inch flowers from the spring through the fall. Plant it in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas garden, where it will do best in soil with good drainage. Fall or spring is the best times to plant these tall perennials. They are lovely in a mixed border, as well as an accent plant.