Native Plant Focus: Texas Red Yucca
Texas Red Yucca is a striking landscape plant
Beautiful tubular blossoms attract pollinators
More effective at attracting hummingbirds than a feeder, the Texas Red Yucca is also a nectar source for butterflies and native bees. Actually a member of the Century Plant family, the Texas Red Yucca thrives in our hot Texas summer although it is cold tolerant enough to survive freezing temperatures.
With low watering requirements after establishment, this striking perennial evergreen shrub produces dramatic 3-4 foot spikes of pink to coral to red tubular flowers. These beautiful flower spikes provide focal interest in landscape beds, large containers, rock gardens or as a single specimen plant. Each bloom produces a seed capsule which dries to offer winter interest in the landscape. The evergreen leaves turn a deep shade of purple in cold weather, further enhancing the garden.
Thriving in full sun to part shade and needing only natural rainfall, this plant is adaptable to any soil. Maintenance is minimal – removing the dried flower spike before spring begins is optional. Planting this succulent in your landscape or a large container will provide beautiful blooms from May through October. Texas Red Yucca is readily available in most local retail outlets offering bedding plants as well as those specializing in Texas natives. Enjoy this easy to grow plant along with the hummingbirds and insect pollinators it will draw into your garden.
The Woodlands Township is now offering an additional free and EASY way to recycle textiles, shoes and housewares. And, it’s happening right at the curb on your regular solid waste service day! Collection begins the week of July 31.
The Woodlands Township reminds residents to drain after rain and leave mosquitoes high and dry! Recent heavy rains coupled with the first confirmed reports of West Nile virus in mosquitoes from The Woodlands make it doubly important to eliminate standing water from your yard.
If it’s summer, someone is swimming, fishing, boating, or cooling off with a beverage in an ice-filled glass. WATER! There are a thousand wonderful and special things connecting us to water in the summer! Continue reading
Summer brings parties, picnics and eating on-the-go! What better time to review our disposable habits! Plastic Free July highlights how our short-term convenience choices can have long-term impacts.
Bothered by mosquitoes? Both nuisance and disease-carrying mosquitoes are more active during hot weather. The Woodlands Township urges residents to take precautions to protect themselves and loved ones from mosquito-borne diseases. Continue reading
Mosquito Awareness Week, June 25 to July 1, 2017, is not so much a celebration as an opportunity to increase your mosquito IQ!
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Life happens, and we’ve all got stuff! We get transferred across the country, send the youngest off to college, remodel, downsize and clean out the garage–and it all generates stuff! Continue reading
Butterflies, bumblebees, hummingbirds, moths and other pollinators add life to the landscape and put food on the table! National Pollinator Week–June 19 to June 25, 2017– Continue reading
Focusing conservation efforts on finding solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter, the 2017 theme for World Ocean Day, Our Oceans, Our Future, aims to improve the health of our oceans for generations to come. Continue reading
Nationwide, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation is celebrating the fourteenth annual “International Composting Awareness Week” May 7-13, 2017. Organized to raise public awareness of the benefits of composting, the week will include many different activities across the nation. Continue reading
Do you review your MUD’s annual report about your water quality? Then you know our drinking water is safe and good to use. However, there are other things to consider about water… Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Can we be sure there will be enough water in the future? Continue reading
Easy, care-free, drought tolerant and gorgeous—wildflowers are the focus of a nationwide celebration from May 1-7, 2017. Continue reading
Mosquito season never really stops in SE Texas, but with the warming weather activity is on the rise. The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department reminds residents to be diligent in taking precautions to protect themselves and loved ones from mosquito-borne disease. Continue reading
A few things that give me pause this month are roadsides blanketed in wildflowers, the lush, green, new leaves on trees, hearing the bird melodies on my morning walk, watching butterflies dancing in the wind and crystal blue skies! Each of us has the power to shape our world… Continue reading