This 600-foot long border of plants offers visitors a chance to explore a broad range of flowering and foliage plants adapted to gardens of the Gulf Coast Region. Plants must be able to withstand the rigors of heat, humidity, heavy soils, and high rainfall.
Plants that are mostly commonly grown in this border are known as herbaceous perennials. These are plants that survive year after year, but frequently die back to the ground during the winter. In addition to being regionally adaptable, plants in the border are selected for reliably good flowering, diverse flower colors, attractive foliage throughout the often steamy hot summers of southeast Texas, and serve as nectar sources for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and a range of other valuable traits.
The Perennial Border, like most gardens, is a constant work in progress. Visitors should explore the garden frequently throughout the year to discover new plants being assessed for use in the garden. This landscape offers garden visitors the opportunity to take home ideas for their own landscapes.