10 SE Texas plants to grow this year and 1 you might not find

Spring has sprung and the weather is changing.

The chances for significant cold fronts have dropped and are replaced by warmer, wet weather.

If the recent sunny weather has inspired you to get the gardening tools out, here are the plants local nurseries say bedding plants are your best bet.

“Petunias and geraniums — stuff that will take the cooler weather but be good for the spring,” said Beaumont Greenery secretary Jinny Segeada.

Ellis Home & Garden store manager Jeff Woods added impatiens and marigold to that list.

“Pretty soon periwinkle will start getting out, snapdragons,” he added. “Begonias are good this time of year. As we go into summer a little bit more, portulaca and purslane and then dianthus will start picking up.”

Woods said these plants can sustain Southeast Texas’ weather, both the heat and rain.

“Most everything I’ve (listed) will carry on through the summer and get ready for fall,” he said.

Segeada added that verbena and azaleas also are top-sellers this time of year.

If you’re looking for citrus, you might be out of luck.

Cooks Nursery Nederland owner Leslie Cook said it has not quite recovered from the 2021 freeze.

“It is still difficult to get it,” she said. “The growers were hit hard also. They are behind in getting stock built back up.”

Cook said it’s hard for retailers to get stock when the growers are behind. Some varieties of citrus, particularly oranges, are totally out of stock.

“It’s something we can’t get, therefore the consumer can’t get it,” she said.

When planting any of these plants fresh, make sure to keep them watered on a regular basis and hit the base of the plant as opposed to the blooms.

“Every now and then, put a little slow-release fertilizer in them,” Segeada added.

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