8 Spring Blooms for Lone Star Landscaping


Spring is blooming all over North Texas, as seen from any car window the past few days. With fields of beautiful wildflowers popping up in city parks, off major highways and at celebrated gardens, what better time to curate the spring landscape of your dreams.

Whether you’re looking to refresh the backyard garden or improve your home’s curb appeal, these perfect plants are sure to flourish this season.

 

Cluster of the Famous Texas Bluebonnets.

Bluebonnets — The iconic state flower of Texas features clusters of up to 50 fragrant blue blooms with a white tip and can be spotted off roadways all over this great state. Bonus: Bluebonnets attract butterflies and native bumblebees.

 

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush — This eye-catching Texas native loves the sun and features stems topped with clumps of bright red, paintbrush-like spikes. With a reputation for being unpredictable, these flowers grow between 6 and 16 inches high.

 

Verbena bonariensis in garden

Verbena — Ideal for cascading over garden walls, hanging baskets and window boxes, these tiny purple blooms form round clusters and tend to cover large spaces. Plant these drought-tolerant perennials in partial shade and enjoy their dainty scent.

 

close up colorful tulips in tulip field

Tulips — The typically cup-shaped tulip comes in virtually any color and grows from 6 inches to 2 feet tall. Treated like annuals, tulips require well-drained soil to avoid excessive moisture and should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart.

 

Blue flower irises

Iris — This easy-to-grow perennial is reliable and comes in a variety of colors. The plants thrive best with plenty of sun, well-drained soil and a flowerbed to themselves, but make lovely cut flowers as well.

 

Fuchsia

Fuchsia — The delicate blooms of the fuchsia plant add vibrant color and versatile aesthetic to any outdoor space. Fuchsia thrives in any semi-sunny spot and grows beautifully in hanging baskets, flower pots or in gardens over the soil.

 

Beautiful yellow daffodils in the garden

Daffodils — These showy yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped cup are hardy perennials that develop from a bulb and typically bloom in early spring. Plant these cheerful blooms in a sun-soaked area as a bold border or between shrubs for a pop of color.

 

Meadow blanketed with pink evening primrose, oenothera speciosa, wildflowers. Top view, close-up

Primrose — The nodding delicate blooms of primrose range in color and require moderate watering. These native Texas flowers like well-drained soil and spread extensively in open areas.

10 Great Weekend Getaways


Valentine’s Day may land on a Tuesday this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away to celebrate at a later date. Here are some of the best weekend getaway destinations that are perfect for a quick trip with your special someone.

 

Weekend Getaways
1. Broken Bow
This Oklahoma city may be known for its booming timber industry, but the tourism is growing too. Broken Bow is home to Beavers Bend Resort Park, Hochatown State Park, and two museums that house Native American artifacts.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of the City of Fredericksburg

2. Fredericksburg
The charming town of Fredericksburg is a romantic destination in the Texas Hill Country with tons of German colonial heritage and culture. You can find Bavarian-themed restaurants, beer gardens, and beautiful natural parks. The city is also the epicenter of over 20 local vineyards and wineries, offering the opportunity to taste and tour until your heart is content.

Weekend Getaways3. Glen Rose
Just a short drive southwest of Fort Worth, the city of Glen Rose offers outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park and explore tracks of animals from thousands of years ago, or take a trip to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and take a tour to see threatened and endangered species.

Weekend Getaways
Photo courtesy of Forever Lawn

4. Magnolia Market
Situated in Waco, about halfway between Dallas and Austin, the Magnolia Market is one of those destinations that is relatively newer to the getaway scene. Created by the couple behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the Magnolia Market is 2.5 acres of warm and welcoming stores and restaurants amidst huge grain silos and a barn.

Weekend Getaways
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5. Marfa
This quaint town in the middle of West Texas is a hub for arts and culture enthusiasts. Check out sights like the famous Prada Marfa, the Marfa Book Company, or a variety of other museums and galleries. Stay at the bohemian-style El Cosmico campground and enjoy the communal atmosphere, wide-open spaces, and scenic views.

Weekend Getaways
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6. Possum Kingdom Lake
Situated less than 90 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom Lake offers over 18,000 acres of water, cliffs, and rolling hills. Camp or rent a cabin to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing.

Round Top
Photo courtesy of Round Top Texas Antiques

7. Round Top
If you’re a fan of antiquing, this is the destination for you. Located southeast of Austin, Round Top is a small city (one of the smallest incorporated in Texas) that hosts some of the largest and most celebrated antique sales in the country. Stay at a shabby chic cottage inn or bed-and-breakfast and head out to explore the city and maybe find a treasure or two.

Weekend Getaways

8. San Antonio River Walk
This quintessential romantic Texas getaway is the perfect destination for a wide variety of entertainment options. Not only can you explore the historic San Antonio Missions and the Alamo, but you can also enjoy romantic restaurants, a zoo, and botanical garden.

Weekend Getaways9. Waxahachie
Anyone interested in architecture should put Waxahachie on his or her “must-see” list. Situated south of Dallas, the town features one of the most beautiful Texas courthouses as well as a many examples of Victorian architecture and gingerbread homes. You can also find plentiful state parks and wildlife in the surrounding area.
Weekend Getaways10. Wimberley
Situated on the banks of Cypress Creek and the Blanco River, Wimberley is a beautiful city surrounded by the Texas Hill Country. You can find a variety of outdoor activities as well as art galleries, shopping, and additional activities such as glass-blowing demonstrations at Wimberley Glass Works and herb classes at the Rough Creek Lavender Farm.