Following is a list of suggested plants to donate to the garden. All are Texas natives.
The first group of plants are drought-tolerant.
Sources for this list include http://www.wildflower.org/ and http://plants.usda.gov/java/ to determine whether the plant is a native. http://www.wildflower.org/, http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/tips_lists/drought-tolerant-plants.html#gsc.tab=0, http://www.floridata.com/lists/drought_tolerant_plants.cfm, http://austinnativelandscaping.com/xeriscape-texas-native-plants-for-drought-toleran-landscaping-in-austin-texas/, and http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/low-water-plants were all used for sources for lists of drought-tolerant plants.
Ungnadia speciosa Mexican Buckeye (Small tree. Similar to red bud, fragrant flowers, leaves turn yellow in fall. Drought tolerant.)
Echinacea angustifolia (Perennial. Purple cone flower. Similar to zinnia in growth. Drought tolerant.)
Penstemon laxiflorus (Perennial. Drought tolerant.)
Calylophus berlandieri (Perennial. Yellow flowered primrose. Heat tolerant, but may need some water during dry periods.)
Salvia ballotiflora (Perennial Blue salvia.)
Leucophyllum frutescens (Perennial shrub. Texas sage. Gray foliage.)
Phlox pilosa (Perennial. Downy phlox. Drought tolerant.)
Ruellia nudiflora (Similar to Ruellia Humilis, but plant & flowers are smaller and it tolerates drought.)
Vernonia lindheimeri (Perennial. Drought tolerant. It is well-behaved.)
Wedelia texana (Perennial. Evergreen. Bright, yellow flowers similar to zinnia. Well-behaved.)
Drought-tolerant annuals that would work in a wildflower garden with Bluebonnets.
Phlox drummondii (Annual. Would work well in a wildflower garden with Bluebonnets. Drought tolerant.)
Sabatia campestris (Annual. Would work well with Bluebonnets. Drought tolerant.)
The following may not be drought-tolerant, but were selected for their unusual characteristics.
Liatris acidota (Perennial. An out-of-the ordinary plant. May not tolerate drought.)
Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’ Deciduous perennial with bright black to deep red leaves.
Canna ‘Cannova Series’
Gaura lindheimeri (Large, perennial shrub. Blossoms look like orchids open in the evening. May not tolerate drought.)
Glandularia canadensis (Perennial. May not be drought tolerant. Lavender flowers look like phlox.)
Osmunda cinnamomea (Fern with unusual “flowers”. Perennial. Cinnamon fern. Likes shady, wet areas.)
Physostegia intermedia (Not drought tolerant. Likes lots of water. Perennial. Flowers are similar to snapdragon.)
Physostegia virginiana (Perennial. Flowers similar to snapdragon. Likes wet areas. Not drought tolerant.)
Ruellia humilis (Wild petunia. Similar in appearance to Mexican Petunia. Perennial. Likes wet, partly shaded areas. Not drought tolerant.)
Thalia dealbata (Exotic looking tropical perennial. Likes wet, partly shaded areas.)
Amsonia illustris (Likes wet, shaded areas. Not drought tolerant. Perennial. Blue, star-shaped flowers.)
Monarda fistulosa (Perennial. Spidery shaped flowers. Probably not drought tolerant.)
Manfreda maculosa (Exotic fragrant flowers. Succulent. The royalty-free images below do not do justice to this plant. The flower actually looks much better than this.)
Large shrubs or small trees.
Vaccinium arboreum – tree with fragrant white flowers and red foliage in the fall.
Viburnum rufidulum – Large shrub or small tree. White flowers and colorful fall foliage.
Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a possibility for shaded areas of First Capitol Park. It may freeze in a hard winter, but should come back when the weather warms. It is not native, but it would add to the tropical feel of our climate.
The following are native azaleas that would look nice in the wooded are of the park.
Rhododendron canescens – fragrant, pink flowers
Rhododendron oblongifolium – Texas azalea, fragrant, white flowers
Rhododendron prinophyllum – pink-purple flowers