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Subject: Different types of plants
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: top19-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 31 Oct 2006 09:15 PST
Expires: 30 Nov 2006 09:15 PST
Question ID: 778798
I live in Houston, Texas. Temperatures during the Winter range from
30-70 degrees. Temperatures in Summer range from 70-100 degrees.
Currently I'm planting a garden and need the following types of
plants. I want information on where I can order seeds for the plants I
can describe, as well as pictures of the plants themselves.

The first type of plants I want are plants that do good in lots of
water/soak up lots of water (essentially plants that can be used for

Have you ever seen brownstones in New York? They always have really
cool vines growing on them that gives a sense of natural elegance. I'm
looking for vines that are similar (though I know because I live in
Houston they cannot be exactly the same) and that would be able to
grow vertically onto a fence.

Plants that can grow with lots of shade, and constant blockage from Sun.
Subject: Re: Different types of plants
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 01 Nov 2006 01:27 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Top19,

  I've gathered a plethora of plants for you to peruse! I'm sur eyou
will find several of each type to your liking!

   ?Houston and Austin are in Zone 9 (averaging 120-150 days per year
above 86 degrees.?

Climbing Vines

About climbing vines

   I hope you have Microsoft Word installed so you can see the entire
document, but if you don?t, here are vines that grow well in your

Vines ? Hardy  
Trachelospermum jasminoides -  Confederate jasmine   S/SH,  FL,  FO
Clematis armandii -  Evergreen Clematis   S/SH,.  FO,  FL
Clematis terniflora  -  Sweet Autumn Clematis   S/SH,  FL  D
Thunbergia species -  Thunbergia   S,  FL
Senecio confuses -  Mexican Flame Vine   S ,  FL, BF/HB
Gelsemium sempervirens -  Carolina Jessamine   S/SH,  FL, FO
Campsis radicans -  Trumpet Vine   S, FL, HB
Passiflora species -  Passion Vine  S/SH,  FL,  BF

Here is the legend:
Light Requirements
S = sun,  SH = shade
Plant Features
EG = evergreen,  D = Deciduous,  FL = Flowering   FO = Foliage
ED = Edible fruit or foliage,  OR = Ornamental form of edible plants, 
OF =  Ornamental fruiting,  BF = Butterflies attracted,  HB = 
Hummingbirds attracted
Click on ?Recommend Plant & Tree List - Houston?

Passiflora incarnate ? sounds perfect for you- grows in medium wet
soil, and part shade.
?Grow in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part
shade. Tolerant of drought. Roots appreciate a loose mulch. Although
this species is the hardiest of the passion flowers?

?Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Roots can spread invasively.
Uses: May be used on trellises, arbors, walls or fences. The unique
flower and edible fruit make this vine an extremely interesting plant
for the garden.?

Gelsemium sempervirens -Common Name -Carolina jasmine
Sun to partial shade, climbing vine, with yellow flowers. Hardy to Zone 9.


?The yellow Carolina jasmine (or "jessamine") is an attractive
evergreen vine that tends to remain bushy and compact when grown in
bright sun. When shaded though, it will climb up and over adjacent
shrubs and trees to heights of more than 20 ft (6.1 m) in its quest
for sunlight.?

Star Jasmine

   ?Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), a tender evergreen
vine often grown as a groundcover, requires some shade in hot regions.
Star jasmine produces perfumed pure-white star-shaped blooms in
summer. Trim it with hedge shears after it flowers to keep plants low
and bushy. Star jasmine is hardy to Zone 9.?,2029,DIY_14174_2269765,00.html

Bower Vine
   This site says Bower Vine requires sun, and grows 6 feet. I can
tell you that the east wall of my house is covered with pink bower
vines, and they are lovely. Part of my vines are in 95% shade, and
part are in full sun. We ran some strings up to the roof and the vines
grew along them; they had already grown up the stucco wall about 8
feet before we gave them something to hold onto. We then strung
plastic garden netting over the north facing wall of our yard and the
vines grew all over. I am in love with Bower vines.

   The first year, they grew slowly, but after the second year, they
grew faster, but not fast. They are not fast growing, but they bloom
most of the year in my southwest home.

   This site has information on Bower Vines that is more consistent
with  my experience.


Creeping Fig
Sun to partial shade
Vines and Climbers
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Dryopteris erythosora (Autumn Fern):   This small clumping, fine
textured fern is wonderful for a naturalized shady setting.  The name
derives from the new spring growth that reflects shades of autumn
colors as the new fronds develop.

Shade fern photo

More photos

Alocasia plumbea 'Nigra' 
Zone 9 4'h x 4'w This Alocasia demands attention! The shiny black
puckered leaves are complimented by silver-purple undersides. Performs
well in the shade in containers or the landscape.?

Photo of Alocasia plumbea 'Nigra'

?Begonias--many of which have showy variegated foliage--require ample
moisture, partial shade and a fertile, well-draining soil. Keep
plants' tips pinched back to encourage bushy, full growth.
Impatiens, popular shade-loving annuals, can also help highlight dark
areas of the garden.

At planting time Karen suggests adding blood meal and bone meal to the
soil. Blood meal is a natural source of nitrogen, and bone meal
provides phosphorous. After planting, mulch around plants with ground
Mulching helps reduce weed growth, retain soil moisture and give the
garden an attractive finished look. Add a fountain to drown traffic
noise, and you've created an oasis in the shade.?,2029,DIY_14174_2269765,00.html

Coleus Mosaic Kong
?Unique pattern of bright green, shades of red and cream. Leaves are
huge and no two are alike. The brilliant Kong series coleus are shade
loving, huge-leafed beauties that will bring shocking color to those
shaded containers and dark beds. Also make great indoor plants for a
spot with bright indirect light. Fast growing with good branching. An
exciting, spectacularly showy new series.
Stock #: 440-007
Zone: 9-10     Height: 18-24''

Fuchsia 'Firecracker'
Incredibly cool variegated foliage on what otherwise could be
Gartenmeister. Beautiful combination of color. Height 24?

Backyard Gardner has a long list of shade loving plants. Seeds can be
purchased on this site as well.

Drainage Plants

   ?Another of my favorite shrubs for damp soil (which also tolerates
dry shade), is called Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis. This is a
dense shrub with glossy green leaves that is great for ground cover.
It flowers in winter (a real bonus) with pink and white tinged
flowers, which you can smell from across the garden. It is also
tolerant of pollution and chalk soils making it a really versatile

Sarcococca hookeriana ? ground cover

Sarcococca hookeriana can be purchased here:


Purchase seeds here:

Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) - I have any area in my garden
where the irrigation system floods on a regular basis. The spiderwort
loves it there. One of my favorites is 'Innocence'. It's pure white
flowers light up shady areas from summer until fall. Zones 5 - 9.


   ?You would be surprised at the number of plants that you can grow
in areas with poor drainage. Some of these will actually grow in
standing water. I regularly add pots of cannas, yellow flag iris and
calla lilies to the garden pool in my fountain garden.?

Possumhaw (Ilex decidua) - This deciduous holly produces bright red
berries in winter. Can be either a small tree or large shrub. Zones 5
- 9. 20' tall x 15' wide.

Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica) - Perhaps the best known water
tolerant tree. Graceful weeping branches. Zones 6 - 9. 40' tall x 40'
wide. Roots tend to be invasive.
Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) - This is one of my favorite
accent shrubs. Candle like blooms appear in midsummer. Thrives in all
but the most poorly drained soils. Zones 5 - 9. 10' tall x 15' wide.
Photos   ://

Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum) - In late spring and early summer
this native American shrub produces fragrant star shaped flowers.
Moist but well drained soil. Zones 7 - 9. 8' tall x 8' wide.
Photos    ://

Lobelia siphilitica (blue cardinal)
Flowering - August - October. 
Habitat - Wet areas. 
Origin - Native to U.S.


Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia is a richly colored native wild
flower that grows wild in prairies, open woods, wet meadows, and moist
soil along ponds and stream banks over most of the Midwest and Eastern
US.   Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

The map below shows areas where native Lobelia siphilitica Blue
Lobelia plants grow wild but can be planted and will grow over a much
wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 9.

?Zone 3-9 Beautiful 2" purple flowers are complimented by yellow
stamens. This free flowering beauty produces color from mid-summer to
early fall.? Numerous species of clematis can be found on this page.

Clematis Festoon 'Vesuvius'

Eclipta prostrata
 ?It is hardy to zone 9. It is in flower in August. The flowers are
hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs)
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay)
soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It
can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It requires moist or wet
?Requires a damp to wet soil and a position in some shade[238]. This
is a tropical species and it might need more summer heat and a longer
growing season than is normally available in British summers[K].?


All plants for Zone 9

This site lets you plug in your values; soil type, native Texan
plants, sun, shade, height, etc. and it will return plants that match
your criteria.

More Zone 9 plants


I hope this has helped you out! I love planning (and planting!) a
garden! Good luck!

If any part of my answer is unclear, please request an Answer
Clarification, and allow me to respond, before you rate!

Regards, Crabcakes

Search Terms
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plants + wet soil + zone 9
Lobelia siphilitica (blue cardinal)
plants + zone 9
drainage plants + zone 9
soggy soil + plants + zone 9
top19-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Awesome researcher

Subject: Re: Different types of plants
From: crabcakes-ga on 03 Nov 2006 10:15 PST
Thank you for the stars and the tip! Both are appreciated! Take care
of that Green Thumb!
Sincerely, Crabcakes

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