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Southern Plains Regional Reports

Southern Plains: October Garden To-Do List

Add some ornamental grasses to your landscape, like these big muhlies (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri, Zones 7–10). Photo: Karen Beaty

October is a great time to plant ornamental grasses, which are lovely and in bloom this month.

This is also the best time of year to sow seed for next spring’s wildflowers: bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis, Zones 3–9), Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella, Zones 10–11), gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–11), Texas star (Lindheimera texana, annual), and purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9).

We can often stop scheduled irrigation this month with increased rains.

gloriosa daisy and purple coneflower
Now is the best time of year to sow the seeds of wildflowers such as gloriosa daisy and purple coneflower. Photos: Karen Beaty

Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

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