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7 Ways to Liven Up Your Summer Landscape

Local experts tell us which outdoor plants make a statement.
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Chris Plavidal

7 Ways to Liven Up Your Summer Landscape

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Vitex “Texas Lilac”

“Vitex is a whimsical, warm-loving tree that blooms spikes of bright, lavender-color flowers. Butterflies will envelop your yard to taste of its sweet nectar.” —Hannah Street, Oasis Plant Shop

Planter: “Rocky” white ceramic planter, $488/Nicholson-Hardie Nursery & Garden Center

Texas Sage

“This plant has a silvery, dusty foliage that gives a different look compared to other green shrubs.” —Jesse Camargo, Nicholson-Hardie Nursery & Garden Center

Planter: Vintage black clay pot, to the trade/ Brendan Bass


“Palms such as areca and fishtail work well. Plant in early spring, and they will look good until the first freeze in late November.” —Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Planter: Tall white egg pot, $325/Ruibal’s  Plants of Texas

Desert Willow “Bubba”

“We like to take shrubs and small varieties of trees and hand shape them into bonsai-like forms, but larger.” —Patrick Boyd, David Rolston Landscape Architects

Planter: Topaz hex planter, from $428/Jackson Pottery 


Planter: Circa-1880s Spanish terra cotta vessel, $1,200/Pittet Architecturals


“Agave is a nice, simple plant. They love the heat and sun, so they are sturdy and strong for Texas summers.” Mark Ruibal, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas

Planter: Dala Collection by Stephen Burks planter, to the trade/Dedon

Texas Mountain Laurel

“What I love about this small tree is it grows slowly, it’s evergreen, and in the spring, its blue flower has an amazing fragrance.” —Glenn Bonick, Bonick Landscaping

Planter: Martha Sturdy “Ando” planter, to the trade/Holly Hunt