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Plants @ the Library: Home

A look at some of the library's gardening resources, as well as local organizations and topics. The library's landscaping is highlighted.

Highly Recommended

Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an Earthwise Guide for Central Texas, City of Austin and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 4th ed., 2009

Comal County Gardening Guide - Comal Master Gardener Association, 2012

What's that plant?

We get asked all the time about the plants around the library.  Here are some of them.  Most are either native to Texas or adapted to Texas, requiring less water, less fertilizer, and less fuss.


Artemesia (Artemesia 'Powis Castle')

Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)

Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra)

Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

                                                                                       Photo by Lee Franzel

  Blue Mist (Conoclinium coelestinum)

                                                                                         Photo by Lee Franzel

 Cenizo Texas Purple Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)

  Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense)

Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri)

Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana)

Dwarf Mexican Olive (Cordia boissieri)

Dwarf Nandina (Nandina domestica 'Harbour Dwarf')

Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana')

Esperanza (Tacoma stans)

                                                                                         Photo by Lee Franzel

 Feathertop Grass (Pennisetum villosum)

                                                                                        Photo by Lee Franzel

  Gulf Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Henry Duelberg Sage (Salvia farinacea)

                                                                                        Photo by Lee Franzel

Knockout Rose  (Rosa 'Knock Out')

Lavender (Lavendula)

Lindheimer Muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)

 Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

                                                    Photo by Lee Franzel

Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima)

 Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana)

 Pink Skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens)

                                                                                      Photo by Lee Franzel

Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)

                                                                                       Photo by Lee Franzel

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

                                                                               Photo by Michael Franzel

Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora)

Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana)

Softleaf Yucca (Yucca recurvifolia)

Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)


Library Landscaping Vision Statement

NBPL, in designing and maintaining the landscape and grounds, will incorporate native and adapted plants that are suited to the Central Texas soil and climate.  By choosing native landscaping, the library will educate the community about ecological plant choices and contribute to the conservation and preservation of local water resources.

Gardening Resources in New Braunfels & Comal County

Comal County Master Gardener
(830) 620-3440

Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society

Men's Garden Club

Gruene Orchid Society
(830) 620-690

Kelly Eby, Urban Forester for City of New Braunfels
(830) 221-4359


Thanks to the Master Gardeners!

Left to right: Glenda Janca, Marlene Ballard, Donna Lehr, Germaine Tuff, Don Tuff, Lee Franzel, Jodi Hawthorne

We're grateful to the Comal County Master Gardeners for their help over the years with advice, plant markers, and programs.

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