Bulbine is an African native that naturalizes in Texas. So far as I know it does not become invasive in Central Texas, probably because of our dry summers. I've heard many rave reviews of the plants from several different sources, and it really is pretty. It has onion-like leaves, and it sends out stalks of orange/yellow flowers. It's drought tolerant and loves the heat. The best part is that this thing is just flat-out tough and is easily propagated.
I bought this puppy for $16:
Just look at it bulging at the seams:
Pulling it out revealed a massive root system:
After some drastic pulling and cutting, I managed to pull out 30-40 plants. I wasn't gentle.
This plot has been screaming for a border plant to visually show there is a real path:
You can see purple heart, lamb's ear, and blackberry bushes. The purple heart and lamb's ear were planted last year, and the blackberry bushes are new additions, hence, their smallish size.
I mulched the whole thing on purpose. I want a natural, summer-camp kind of feel where it's a maintained, informal path but doesn't scream HEY-PEOPLE-ON-THE-STREET-COME-TO-MY-BACKYARD that a formal path might do. Because of the height of the house and the relatively large width of the path, bulbine would work perfectly because it gets to 18" tall, is very dense, and doesn't need a lot of watering/fuss. I don't want side plots that need a lot of tending.
After planting, here's what the plot now looks like:It'll soon fill in, and I plan on planting some ruby queen corn up against the house which should look very pretty against the pale background and with the plants already there. Plus I don't have loads of room for corn, so I'm making places for it to grow...
1 plant marked off my wish list.