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Pictures of Roses, Flowers, Plants in our October Houston Garden

Updated on September 20, 2017
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My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden growing plants for beauty & food.

Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe | Source

Fall Growing Season in Houston

The month of October brings nice changes to our gardens in Houston and the accompanying pictures will show some of the many flowers that adorn our home landscape.

While many people who live in northern climates of our country are enjoying the beautiful Fall colored leaves and are heading into the chill of coming winter days, we who live in Houston, Texas and similar southern climates are looking forward to a respite from the hot summer days and the glory of the cooler days ahead.

We have flowers that bloom in our outdoor landscape all year long and I thought that I would share some of the ones that my husband and I are currently enjoying when we look out of our windows or walk in our yard. By no means does this show the abundance of flowers that are available for home landscapes in our area. These are just the ones that we are currently enjoying at our home address.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoes have graced our gardens for years and once these succulent plants are established they are easy to propagate from a leaf or a stem.

In this climate I have simply broken off a stem removing the bottom leaves and put it directly into the ground keeping it moist for the first week or two.

Once in bloom the flowers last for quite some time and are a showy addition to the garden landscape. After blooming I remove the flower stalks and cut them back if they are getting too tall or leggy.

Blossom of Firebush also called Hummingbird Shrub
Blossom of Firebush also called Hummingbird Shrub | Source

Firebush or Hummingbird Shrub

This showy bush which is covered with red tubular flowers is commonly called a hummingbird shrub because it attracts those beautiful little avian creatures who flit from one flower to the next sipping the sweet nectar.

While freezing weather causes it to die back and lose its leaves, in the Spring of the year I simply cut it back to about a foot from the ground and it reemerges and grows bigger each year.

It is a fast grower and I generally start with no larger than a one gallon size plant.

In one year of growth it will grow 4 or 5 feet in width and 6 feet or more in height.

The flowers once they begin blooming continue until the first frost or freeze.

Thus the hummingbird bush is a rewarding and colorful addition to a sunny spot in the landscape.

Moss roses
Moss roses | Source

Moss Roses

These moss roses which are a succulent plant producing pretty ruffled flowers do well in bright sunlight.

They can also tolerate dry conditions quite well.

Even after last years severe and unusual winter when we had snow in Houston two different times, these little guys survived in the ground with the old bed sheets that we throw over the more tender vegetation when we have frost or freeze warnings.

I have them nestled in a bed with other colorful plants and even though these little guys grow in mounds low to the ground, they are hard to miss because of their pretty flowers.

The name of this Jackson Perkin's Rose is Mother's Rose
The name of this Jackson Perkin's Rose is Mother's Rose | Source

Mother's Rose

This tea rose was given to me by the daughter of a best friend of my mother when my mother died earlier this year. It was and continues to be a sweet living memorial and I have it planted where it can be viewed from our master bedroom and also our everyday dining area in our home.

The little moss roses lie near its feet and some other roses that are planted in the same garden bed.

Orange colored lantana
Orange colored lantana | Source
A bee is attracted to this flowering lantana.
A bee is attracted to this flowering lantana. | Source

Lantana

Lantanas come from the verbena family.

They are a hearty in ground plant in the Houston climate and I have both the yellow and orange ones growing in various places around the yard. There are also other colors available in nurseries.

Lantanas bloom profusely and attract butterflies and bees and hummingbirds.

Some of them were covered and protected from the freezes last year, but even the unprotected lantanas survived the winter attesting to their hardiness.

Depending upon which one is planted, lantanas can grow from 1 1/2 feet to 5 feet or more.

The mounds of yellow ones that I have in our garden are trimmed back once to twice a year to keep them around 1 foot in height. They seem to quickly recover from their "haircut" and quickly resume their prolific blooming.

Yellow lantana
Yellow lantana | Source

The orange variety that I have planted near our small garden area seems to want to grow taller.

I keep it cut back from interfering with the bay laurel shrub and the flat leafed parsley and basil that is planted nearby.

There is not a day that goes by when we do not see butterflies winging their way through our garden because of these lantanas and our other plants which lure them in for a visit.

Knock-out roses
Knock-out roses | Source

Knock Out Roses

These varieties of roses were planted last year in our backyard and have been rewarding us ever since with their nonstop blooming.

We had been admiring them in places all around the city where they are planted as hedges in commercial establishments and seem to require little care.

I keep them mulched as I do our other roses and they are all kept watered and fed at regular intervals.

Impatiens

These shade loving plants reseed themselves and had literally almost surrounded the exterior of our home in this tree canopied yard since we first moved here many years ago.

Impatiens
Impatiens | Source

Little seedlings that pop up can be transplanted and I had even given many away to neighbors and other people who wanted some for their gardens.

Impatiens
Impatiens | Source

Last winter took a toll on many of them but the ones drawing some warmth from being nearest the house and protected by larger shrubs survived and are once again spreading throughout the yard with a little help from my hands.

Encore Azaleas

We have several types of azaleas in this yard and while they all put on a magnificent show each Spring, these encore azaleas bloom once or twice more during the year lending extra color to the gardens.

Encore Azaleas
Encore Azaleas | Source

I have continued to plant more of these encore azaleas when replacing other types of shrubs. Why have a flowering bush that only blooms once if you can have the same type that blooms more often?

Encore azaleas come in different color varieties. The pink one pictured above was here when we moved into this home. It is a beauty!

Encore Azaleas

Climbing rose
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Climbing rose

I no longer remember the name of this climbing rose that helps to beautify our backyard, but it is a beauty!

Begonias
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Begonias

This is a hearty perennial flowering plant and it comes in many different varieties and colors. I have had masses of them in the garden of our former home and am trying to get some established in this garden.

Begonias reward one with continuous blooms and also come in different flower as well as leaf colors.

Chenille Plant

I first became aware of this plant when visiting Bellingrath Gardens many years ago. Jardinieres were filled with the cascading red fuzzy blossoms and were quite a show stopper.

Chenille plant
Chenille plant | Source

When returning to Houston I purchased a hanging basket of chenille plant. I got tired of having to water it daily for fear of it wilting which was not a particularly pretty sight. My remedy was to stuck it in the ground.

Since then I have just let it meander in the ground and have added it to some pots with crotons.

Guess I am one of those lazy gardeners. I can't be bothered by ones that take too much of my attention. Haha!

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As stated at the top of this post, this by no means shows all the flowers that are in bloom at this time of year in Houston, Texas. These are just some of the ones in our home garden at the time of this writing. Occasionally I like to change the appearance of the landscaping so the flowers might be different in the years to come.

October and the coming months of fall, winter and spring are the most enjoyable months of the year in this temperate climate.

Hope that you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did in photographing them.

Which of these flowers are your favorite?

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Rain lily plant.  This is a perennial in our garden.   The foliage looks like thick chives and each tip bears a blossom.
Rain lily plant. This is a perennial in our garden. The foliage looks like thick chives and each tip bears a blossom. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lillly Rose1,

      Perennial flowers are great. I have added more of them this year to our garden. I still like some of the annuals for pops of color.

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      Linda 2 years ago from Texas

      I love flowers epically those that come back every year in the spring in our gardens. Enjoyable write up thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Always Optimist,

      These of course change from season to season depending upon circumstances. Suffice it to say it is generally very colorful around here. Glad you liked this.

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      Always Optimist 3 years ago from India

      Peggy very beautiful pictures. Loved the variety of flowers you have in your garden.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      Nice gift from your neighbor's dogs! Ha! Kalanchos are pretty plants.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      We were given kalanchoe as a gift from our neighbor's dogs :) and I'll be adding to the collection next year. They are wonderful plants!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Barbara Kay,

      Gardening the south is a year long effort and we have blooming plants year round of one sort or another.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait

      Now you know that lantana is a plant and a hearty one at that! Appreciate your comment and the share.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      In August, our gardens are starting to wind down in the north. The phlox still bloom and the sedums are starting to do so. A couple of late blooming daylilies put their blooms on. I've always wondered what gardening in the south would be like.

      You have some beautiful photos.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Beautiful photos and videos as always. A good article for people planning their fall garden since it's almost here. My mother always planted moss roses, especially the double ones.

      We have a large upscale housing development not far from here called Lantana. I didn't know where that name came from before reading this article. I thought it might be the surname of the developer, but you have cleared that up for me.

      Voted BAUI, pinned to my 'Trees, Plants, & Flowers' board, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello idigwebsites,

      Hope that you have your large garden filled with all of your favorite flowers someday. Gardens are always a work in progress, but fun to have and enjoy. Thanks for your comment.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      It literally colors your hub, Peggy... what beautiful pictures! Love flowers. I wish to have a big garden full of these. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lovelovemeloveme,

      That is an interesting folktale about the Portulaca grandiflora. I really don't know any such tales related to flowers but it sounds like you could write hubs on that subject. It would be interesting. Glad that you liked the photos of some of the flowers that grow in our garden during the month of October. Every season has something different, as you might imagine. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dwachira,

      A world without flowers would not be quite as pretty although there would still be mountains, sunsets, grasslands, forests, rainbows and other sights to please the eye. Thanks for your comment, the compliment on my photography and your votes. :)

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Beautiful. just beautiful. thanks! I love flowerss. I need to follow so i can get updated on the next batch. =) ps, do u know any flowers with a legendary story or so? For example "The Portulaca grandiflora?" In Vietnam there's a folk's tale for this flower. Elder's call it the "10 o'clock" flower. Story goes somewhere along the lines of a pair of lovers who were in a forbidden love since their families were opposed of their love. They made plans to run away together and meet at 10'clock one night. However, during the night, the male was caught by the girl's arranged fiance and killed. The girl waited for him in the spot but in place that showed up was her arranged fiance coming to tell her about her lover's death. In sorrow she kills herself. There a flower grew...but it would only blossom at 10 o'clock, still waiting for her lover to come.

      Do u know any flowers with a bit of a folk's tale by any chance? thansk

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Peggy W, this is an awesome article, you wonder how the world would look like without flowers. The Climbing rose look beautiful and the photos are very nice, since i can see the photos are your own, i must say you did an excellent job taking those photos. Voted up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Cloverleaf,

      Some of the roses have great fragrance and others...not so much, but they are all beautiful. Thanks for your visit to our October Houston garden. Appreciate the votes and comment.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Peggy, your garden is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures with us. I enjoyed my virtual visit - I can almost smell those roses! Voted up / awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      We are certainly using the sprinkler system this year because of the drought! The variety of flowers is not that different from last year although many of them were blooming better last year. The impatiens in particular are not doing as well. Have added some white blooming alyssum to the mix under the knock out roses. Foliage is great...just not blooming as it should. I think that this heat and lack of rain is affecting the plants.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy I look forward to seeing a comparison this October ;)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello RussellLHuey,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these pictures of the plants in our Houston Garden. At each time of year there are different things that take center stage as far as showing off their gorgeous blooms. Thanks for the comment.

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      RussellLHuey 6 years ago

      Very lively photos. They are all beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Photography7777,

      Glad that you enjoyed this look at pictures of some of the flowers in our Houston Garden. I do enjoy puttering around with the plants and changing the look every so often. It is fun sharing plants with others who also enjoy gardening. Thanks for the comment.

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      Photography7777 6 years ago from FL

      What a joy to see images of Flower Gardens and to read writings of those who enjoy them. Your flowering plants are great.

      --- I tried to keep a small white Azalea Bush alive in s. Florida, but it turned a dark rusty brown color and croaked. So I planted white Mums and they grew huge and wide and bloomed so many flowers. They have been growing for a year now.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Amie,

      That would be nice! We could exchange different flowering plants from our gardens. It is always nice to share!

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      Amie Warren 6 years ago

      You and I would love living close to each other. Seems we have some of the same favorite flowers.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Kate,

      You are smart using your garden for vegetables! I have tried and between not having much area that gets enough sun and between the squirrels, racoons and possums who get most of the veggies before they can be harvested, I have just about given up except for the many herbs that I grow. It is pretty looking out at all of the various flowers. I have recently planted some banana pepper and some hot pepper plants. Hopefully those will do well. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kate 6 years ago

      I'm into using my garden for vegetables. Have been really getting into it. Having a look around the hubs, yours is seriously making me think of planting some flowers. Your photo's are amazing. Now I need to go off and research what flowers wont kill or disturb my darling vegetables. Thanks for the info.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Happy to have introduced you to some flowers that you may not have been familiar. There are so many gorgeous plants and flowers around the world! Some are just more suited to growing in some spaces rather than others. Thanks for the vote up and usual complimentary comment. :-)

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen. Sorry I was late to know this hub. Wow, I can't say anything.... this is so special. I found beautiful flowers in Houston garden. I never heard about some of them. Thank you very much for showing me about this hub. Vote up as usual.

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi thebellrecordsche,

      Glad to hear that you enjoyed looking at the pictures of the flowers in our Houston garden that are blooming in October. The camellias are now forming buds and generally bloom in February or there-abouts. As to being an expert...not really. If things do not do well, I just keep going until I find something that likes our soil and climate. Thanks for the comment.

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      thebellrecordsche 6 years ago

      Wow those are so pretty. I think flowers are very hard to take care of. I can say, you are one flower expect! aww look at that cute little bee on that flower haha. Thanks for the great hubs =)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      The weather all over has been crazy lately! Glad that you personally are safe up there. We broke an all time record hitting 94 degrees yesterday but the cold front has finally come through and we will be having more seasonal temperatures in the 70's for highs. Supposed to be 76 degrees today...nice! We could actually use some of that rain down here. We have a burn ban in effect because of the dryness.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy

      I believe there was a tornado in Racine, Wisc. We just got a lot of wind and rain which hasn't totally gone away.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi toyboyclip,

      Thanks for the visit and comment. Which of these same flowers grow in your part of the world?

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      toyboyclip 6 years ago from India

      I have some of this Flowers

      Nice Hub

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      We could always count on having snow during Thanksgiving when we lived in Wisconsin Rapids and that is not too far off now! At least from the sound of it you did not have damage like much of the Mid-west just had with those hurricane force winds. The pictures of damage are horrific!

      Glad that you enjoyed seeing the flowers in our October garden. They truly are adding well appreciated spots of color to our Houston yard.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Nice pictures of flowers. It looks like the season is over in Wisconsin. We have chilly strong winds the last two days. hopefully it will clear tomorrow Oddly there are some trees still green and others likes stripped bare. The glory of the mid-west is you never know what to expect when it comes to whether.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello RTalloni,

      That would be nice to be able to share lily bulbs! Thanks for taking a peek at the pictures of our flowers in our Fall garden and leaving a comment.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh how I wish we could swap lilly plants. I have several "some types" that I need to divide, but not your "some type." :)

      I love the sweetness of moss rose!

      Thanks for the lovely October garden show--mine has gone to pieces this year due to other pressing matters. Spring is around the corner though and if I can get things cleaned up in this warm fall I should be able to pull it all back together next year.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings meishiwan,

      Glad that you liked the pictures of the flowers in our October Houston garden. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      meishiwan 6 years ago

      I love the beautiful flowers

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I did not even show pictures of all of the roses in our garden, but thank you. Nice to have a butterfly garden! I have noticed some Monarch butterflies in the last few days...probably the start of them moving from the north to the south and into Mexico for the winter months. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      I had to vote all of them - October is a colorful time for Houston and I see many familiar plants from our butterfly garden. I must say you have some amazing roses Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi stephhicks68,

      Thanks for commenting on the pictures of our flowers in our Houston garden this month of October. As you say, it is much easier once one discovers the native plants and flowers than trying to struggle to make non-native ones grow and flourish.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Lovely photographs! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm with you - I tend to go with what grows easily. Those are often native plants and flowers. Thumbs up for this beautiful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sockyee,

      I agree with you. Pictures of the flowers in our October Houston Garden help illustrate the beauty beyond just words. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      sockyee 7 years ago from Singapore, Malaysia

      Hello Peggy, those flowers were indeed lovely. I don’t think words alone can be used to describe such beautiful and enchanting masterpiece.

      :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Happyboomernurse,

      Ahh...so RN training translates to gardening skills! Possibly something to tout regarding recruiting new potential nursing candidates? Haha! Who knows...that might just be accurate! Would have to conduct an official poll...

      I thought that the choice of sending me that Mother's Rose was so thoughtful and I cherish it. Thanks for noticing.

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Stunning photos and beautifully written article. I was touched by what you said about the Tea Rose being special because of your Mom. Glad the old bed sheets saved the Moss Roses last winter. I think your RN training shows in the care and close observations/monitoring that you give to all your plants.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Cheryl for commenting on this garden hub and the pictures of our flowers. Appreciate it!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jill of alltrades,

      I always love seeing your comments here because I then head on over to your wonderfully photographed hubs. Glad that you enjoyed these pictures of flowers currently blooming in our garden.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi frogyfish,

      Yes, I gave the names of most of these flowers in our October Houston garden all except for the purple mum and white lily-type bloom because I have no idea of their names. Thank you for asking permission to use the purple mum type of flower in your hub...and my answer is yes. Hope it helps. We may want to link hubs after you do it? :-)

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      Cheryl 7 years ago

      Your garden is absolutely lovely. So many beautiful and colorful plants. The information on each plant is very helpful when one is buying for their home. Another great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! I love this Peggy! This hub is a visual feast! Imagine having all of these in your garden! What a lovely garden you must have!

      I also have some of these in my garden but they don't bloom as beautifully as yours.

      Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Peggy W, your thumbs are green! Your 'gardening' has produced such beauty in all those lovely blossoms. The Mother's Rose is appropriately named, I think. I had to pick that as my favorite. And I loved the dark purple mum!(I need it on my Purple Poem place if you would care to give permission?) Thank you for sharing all these wonderful blooms - and you gave us the names too!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      These are the flowers (minus a few) that are blooming in October in our garden. The camellia buds are already starting to form and other things bloom in other months of the year. Houston, Texas is almost like a greenhouse as far as what can be enjoyed outside much of the year. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Peggy, Your flowers are gorgeous. You really have a nice variety.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Astra Nomik,

      Thanks for taking a peek at the pictures of our flowers in our October Houston garden and leaving your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sally's Trove,

      While your flowers up north may be having their last "hurrah" you are probably enjoying those beautiful Fall colors. Right? Having lived in cold climates and hot ones, there are advantages to both.

      The plant that you are wondering about was in a pot mixed with trailing ivy and was given to me from a neighbor when my mother died. Unlike most mums that bloom once or twice a year, this one seems to continually produce flowers although not as profusely as when it was first presented. Now I have planted it in the ground and will probably trim it back soon and see what happens. It should do well, I am thinking, as it certainly does seem to belong to the daisy/mum family of plants.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Lovely garden flowers, and so colourful. I love hanging baskets. Nice hub page.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Gorgeous photos and narrative, Peggy. I envy you your climate that sustains so many plants that we grow up here in the north in the summer and by October they are giving up their last, last hurrahs.

      I am intrigued with the "some type of flowering mum plant" in one of your photos. I recognize the greens as being very similar to the Montauk daisy, also a mum variety but with white flowers. As with the Montauk, I'm guessing you can rub the leaves of this pink beauty and they have the characteristic mum smell, although they don't look at all like the common florist chrysanthemum. Would love to know what this plant is.

      Not to mention the chenille plant, which I adore. I've tried to keep it indoors during the winter, but, alas, it doesn't like that, so I have to buy it new each year.

      Thanks for a spectacular tour of your autumn garden.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Om Paramapoonya,

      Thanks for taking the time to determine which of the flowers was your favorite. The chenille plant is truly lovely dropping down from a jardinere or hanging basket. I gave up on the hanging basket idea when our temperatures were in the upper 90's each day and they needed so much water to make them look hydrated. They did much better in the ground and actually make a pretty good ground cover. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Gorgeous pics! I love them all but voted for the chenille plant due to its unique factor. :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lady Guinevere,

      Nice to know that you are also enjoying those fabulous Knock Out roses and the portulaca or moss roses. That is a good idea about spreading the dried seeds around of the moss roses. Thanks for the visit.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Glad that you liked the pictures of the flowers in our garden. October is such a nice time of year in Houston as are the coming months. Thanks for the visit.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Austinstar,

      Since your mom grew azaleas in Houston, you know how beautiful this city is in the Spring of the year. It is wondrous with all of those shrubs as well as other flowers gracing the gardens all over the city. Did you ever visit the Azalea Trail?

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello louisxfourie,

      I would agree with you about the flowers being stunning and the Creator of it all being even more so! Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky D,

      Thanks for the visit to our Houston garden. Wish I could send some of those flowers your way! As to the buttons...dance away! Thanks as always.

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      I love the pictures. I have Knock Out Roses and they seem to tolerate just about anything Mother Nature throws at them. I also have Portulacs in my deck planters and mine are varied colors. They are getting seeds now and I am taking them off and putting them on the soil they are in so that next year they will come back--I hope anyway! I changed to portulacas from the Wave Petunia's because I wanted a variety of color and something just a bit different. They do flow over the planters very well. It took a while but they are there now.

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      I love the pictures. I have Knock Out Roses and they seem to tolerate just about anything Mother Nature throws at them. I also have Portulacs in my deck planters and mine are varied colors. They are getting seeds now and I am taking them off and putting them on the soil they are in so that next year they will come back--I hope anyway! I changed to portulacas from the Wave Petunia's because I wanted a variety of color and something just a bit different. They do flow over the planters very well. It took a while but they are there now.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello D.A.L.,

      So happy that you liked these pictures of flowers in our Houston garden. A compliment from you regarding picture taking goes a long way since you are quite an expert. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      If you wish to help garden, I'll happily provide the coffee! I have a little shrubbery trimming yet to do in the backyard and a few bags of mulch that need spreading. After we finish, we can sit on the patio and sip a little wine. Come on down! :-)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing all these wonderful plants and flowers. They really look good and your are a super photographer.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      My mom grew azalias all the time while we lived in Houston. Also begonias, but the azalias were always my favorite. Thank you for sharing your photos!

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      Louis Fourie 7 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Stunning flowers, Creation is stunning so is the One who made it all, God bless

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Oh Peggy! I was the one who also hit the funny button up there. I get carried away with my "button dance" that I stepped on that one too! I had to vote for all of the above. You have provided a wonderful beauty here that is very appreciated today! As always - God bless Peggy!

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, once again you have produced another colourful hub that was informative and a pleasure to share. Your photographs as always were a delight to share. Thank you.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Fantastic, Peggy!! I wish these were 'scratch and sniff'!! I'll be right down with a Thermos of coffee and keep you company! I'll even bring my Felco's and help you garden!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Now you know the names of those flowers in your garden! :-) Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DiamondRN,

      Houston's summer this year was also a sizzler breaking all kinds of records as to high temperatures. You probably have many of the same flowers that grow in your garden. Correct?

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Peggy W, I find some of those flowers at my yard too and I know their names after reading your hub. Thank you Peggy.

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Looking good, Peggy.

      Our Lantana and Knockout Roses are about the only plants that are still looking good after our unusually hot and dry summer here in Charlotte this year.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello samsons1,

      Like you I like beautiful flowers and have planted many different varieties in our Houston garden. Thanks for the visit and votes.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      up & beautiful! Love the beautiful flowers...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ecoggins,

      Yes, the colors of all the flowers make for a very pretty garden palette this time of year in Houston. Actually every time of year has distinctive beauty all its own. Thanks for the speedy first comment.

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      ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California

      Peggy W. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. It must be beautiful around your house these days. God sure does have a vivid imagination and a unique way with color.