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Drought & Deer Resistant Plants |Wimberley Gardens Family Nursery |Central Texas Gardener

November 7, 2019

– The little country town of Wimberley is
a wonderful destination. And now gardeners have an especial reason
to put it on their list, that is Wimberley Gardens. It’s a new garden center. We’re joined by the purveyors right now, Jenny
and Matt Horvath. Welcome to Central Texas Gardener. – Hello and thank you for having us. – Thank you for having us. – And I should say welcome to Central Texas
in a sense. – [Matt] Yes. – ‘Cause you’re relatively new. But you have a big emphasis on natives which
is smart. – Absolutely. – It’s the right-left way to go. But Jenny, tell me a little bit about the
backstory here, ’cause there’s an interesting backstory, kind of like, this was meant to
be, right. – Yeah, we have been eyeing that property
because of all the hoop houses. And knew it had been a garden center before. And we’re eyeing it and got the call in last
year in January about it closing and so we met with the owner and came up with a plan
to open a new nursery. – [Tom] So when you saw it first it was a
barbecue joint. – [Jenny] It was a barbecue restaurant and
it was Miss Mae’s, and his grandmother owned it prior to it. – I reference the emphasis on plants, is that
something that you started out doing or is that something that you really learned was
gonna work for you? – Both, I have a background working in a nursery,
garden setting for about 17 years and retired, got away from it and knowing that we eventually
wanted to open up our own garden center. So of course, a big difference in learning
the new plants in this area was a pre-requisite. – Oh you come from the Northeast, this is
a little different in Central Texas. – [Matt] It is. – Especially in the hill country. – [Matt] It is. – But you did well by saying let’s stick with
the natives. – That’s right. Yeah, natives are huge, why not work with
what you know, why not stick with what works here. – Exactly, exactly. You brought a variety of plants that give
people kind of a taste of the kinds of things you feature. And some of these are old favorites and some
are kind of be new, really for us here on the program. One of the things you brought is a beautiful
specimen, a Monterrey oak, and when I saw it come into the studio I had to look at double,
really look hard at it because I was like, the color on the foliage was beautiful. And it’s a little cold snap did that, right? – It is, yeah, a little cold snap, new growth
comes out a little peachy color. But we’re all seeking shade in the summertime
here. – For a tough oak wilt resistant variety of
oak, to have a tree of that quality grow fast. – Fast, absolutely, yeah. And oak wilt’s a big issue. – Yeah, right. – Where we are, so. It’s nice to have a variety that we don’t
have to worry about. – Next to that we have a Bush germander. And this is one that I’ve never gardened with
this particular plant before. Love the silvery foliage and the flower color. What do I need to know about this plant? – The Bush germander is a great– – Bush germander. – Yeah. It’s a great heat tolerant, low water requirement
shrub. What’s nice is that it doesn’t get super big. It maxes out at about four to five feet. Pretty green-gray foliage with a little silver
undertone. And of course they bloom that purple bluish
color all season long. – Attract pollinators? – Yes, it does. Yeah, hummers and bees and if you’re looking
for a nice foundation plant or even a rock garden, the Bush germander’s a great choice. – Looks like you can let it kind of just do
its thing or you can keep it nice and tight if you want it too. – That’s correct, yep, it adapts well to pruning
or you can just let it go. But like I said, it doesn’t max out at five
feet or so. So it won’t be overbearing. – No, right next to that is Salvia coccinea
which is, and there’s so many plants that are related to this, but I love what I call
the big leaf Salvias, ’cause the sun or shade, you name it. – Absolutely, and that’s a big question we
always have is the shade. What can I put in my shade garden and deer
resistant garden and we always recommend the tropical sage, with nice red flowers. – Again a great attractor for hummingbirds. – [Matt] Absolutely. – They love this plant. – Absolutely. – And I’ve actually seen this kept as a ground
cover Where people planted it en masse and mow it and to see it all bloom when the foliage
is only like half foot tall but then the mass of red flowers on top. – Covered in red. – I don’t know if I recommend everybody doing
that. But it’s really awesome. We’re gonna come back to some more plants. But I want to talk to Jenny a little bit more
and another cool thing that a lot of the mom and pop shops do is have great gift shops
and great garden accessories. Tell me a little bit about what’s available. – We have a great gift shop. We have anywhere, I make handmade candles. I actually don’t make them, but I have somebody
that I go in and I sit down and I blend with them and they’re mostly plant based. So, we have really good, great tool line. We have all sorts of pottery, anything that
you want. Great things to pot in. We go out thrifting a lot so we can find some
really unique containers for our succulent classes that we offer. So we have ladies night, men can do it too,
but it tends to be more ladies that come in and do the succulents. – That sounds like a lot of fun. And you’re talking to a pottery addict, so
I’m just gonna pretend like I didn’t hear all that. – We also do lots of indoor houseplants. A lot of indoor houseplants. – [Tom] Good, good, all right. The hoop houses come in handy too. – That’s right. – All right, very good. Well let’s continue our tour. You brought in what looks to me like Society
garlic over here and this is a little plant that just goes and goes. – It does, yeah. It’s, again, it can tolerate our Texas heat
really well and puts off, as you can see, a nice, about an 18-inch spike, lavender flower. Again, it falls in that deer resistant category. – Yes, pretty stinky. – It is. And of course you can, it will clump and after
a few years you can divide it and make new planting out of it. – I like to use it as a border plant in herb
gardens or vegetables. – [Matt] Absolutely. – And as you indicated, very tough as well. Copper Canyon daisy is on the back over there
and this is aromatic, it’s colorful, just terrific. – [Matt] Mm-hm, yeah, it’s a great perennial
again, really known for it’s fall blooming, yellow prolific yellow flowers in the fall
and some people like the smell, some people not so much. But it’s got a unique citrusy, woody type
of aroma. – [Tom] Yeah, I like it, I like it a lot. – Yeah, I do too. But yeah, it’s another really good heat-resistant,
drought-tolerant perennial. – Well it’s become a standard for a lot of
gardeners and people really pride themselves in the ability to keep this one going. I don’t know why, ’cause it just seems to
go everywhere. – It does, yeah. – But I really like it. I love the foliage. In front of that is catmint. How does this vary from catnip. – Catmint it’s one of my favorite perennials. Wasn’t actually really familiar with it a
year or so ago. And we just decided to take one plant in our
nursery and just to see what it does, it’s really a stunning perennial. Wouldn’t consider it a ground cover necessarily
but it gets about a foot high and got a three-foot spread on it. And just puts off really, really prolific
purple flowers. – We have a lot of issues in the hill country,
I guess you do a lot of education for the homeowners, your customers as well to help
them through how to deal with the rocks, the deer, you name it, right. – Yes, we do a lot of that. Matt’s really good at that and landscaping
side of that, takes care of that. And we’re full of customers of coming in that
are wanting the landscaping as well as the garden knowledge, and planting knowledge. – Right, right, and so you actually offer
classes and how-to kinds of things which has become a staple in the nursery industry in
a way, but still, people love it. It’s a great way to learn. – It is, yeah, makes for a great community
event and we, a few weeks ago had a class on organic gardening and just a really neat,
casual, fun setting. – We have to be brief here. But angelonia is one that our producer, Linda,
really loves. And this is, I understand it’s a great plant
for pottery, potting or beds, whatever. – It is, it’s the Texas Superstar Serena and
again, like she said, it’s a great border plant, planter, pot plant. It does come in a variety of colors, whites
and pinks and purples. A really good plant, especially for those
beginner gardeners. It’s a hard one to fail on. – Okay, well we’ll recommend this and we’ll
recommend Wimberley Nursery to our audience out there. You’re right in the heart of town. – We are. – And easy to find. Real quickly, tell people how to find you. – We’re just up from the square, about a mile north on 2325. – Okay, very good. All right, well thank you both for being here. And again, best wishes for your enterprise. – Thank you. – Thank you very much. – Thank you very much. – Coming up next, it’s Daphne.


  • Reply Doris A April 24, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Definitely going to this nursery.

  • Reply Derrick Stewart May 15, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Awesome!! Great info👌🏼

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