Q: Will my friends share plants with me?

A: One of the best things about gardening is that your friends and family will share wonderful plants with you! I love growing our showy and even obscure native plants. More nurseries are realizing the ornamental and incredibly useful nature of our native plants, but if you can’t find something check with your friends. The natives provide wildlife food and shelter, are great for our pollinators, welcome birds to your garden and so much more.

Gardening friends are always with you, sharing their knowledge and their successes with plants that thrive here. And then digging, dividing and gathering seeds to share.
A fun book from many years ago is “Passalong Plants” by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing, who often speak in Houston. They celebrate the southern tradition of sharing something from your garden whether it be fall blooming, brilliant red cardinal flowers, or ephemeral spring blooming blue flowered, wait for it, not bluebonnets but the dainty Texas baby blue eyes.

On a dismal wintry day, it’s exciting to watch shared native plants emerge and boldly laugh at the chilly weather. Of course, when a friend wants to share an indoor exotic succulent like a diminutive starfish flower, they are definitely welcome, too!

Visit with your friends and family and share your gardening triumphs together, and even if you are far apart, it’s a thrill to grow the same plants that bring good memories and future enjoyment.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman, retired botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens, promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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