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The frogfruit lawn…


…just may work after all! I do not want to be misleading, there are HUGE bare areas still. However, I do have faith that it will fill in over time (possibly a year or maybe even two). It is looking really great after I spread some organic pre-emergent corn gluten meal on the entire frogfruit/horseherb native “lawn” area early spring. I think that soil was neglected for so long and needed the nitrogen immensely; This is evidenced by the plants responding with incredible growth. They were struggling along….now they are FIERCE!!!

It is a beautiful sight seeing my kids out there with butterfly nets catching bees and butterflies to examine…they are ALL OVER the frogfruit – what a great source for pollinators!  The kids know the frogfruit is helping sustain the creatures …and I like that my “lawn” is in full flower!


  1. Rob melanson

    Frogfruit? Sounds awful but I’m sure frogs love it . looking great these days sis!
    Lotts of love to your family.
    P’s. Let’s chat soon. Been way too long :(

    • Awe….I think it sounds adorable! ;) Love you too! -xericstyle

  2. Looks great! Gotta love a good pollinator plant:)

    • You are all about the nature plants, Steph!!!!! The kids are in this stuff catching things daily…it is really validating. We don’t need grass!!!! -xericstyle

  3. Well played. Absolutely enchanting. I tried to get a great patch of it going but it struggled and straggled once it got hot. Maybe I gave up too soon! I’m happy to have you running interference – you can be the Frogfruit Guru and lead the way.
    I feel the same way about bristly mallow as a lot of folks do about frogfruit. Others may see them as lawn invaders – I see both plants as lawn substitutes – filling a niche nicely.

    • SOOOOooooo with you!!!!!! I do expect it to struggle through the heat….and possibly even look bad….but spring and fall should be beautiful….fingers crossed! Mine does better in the areas with a little sun relief than in the full on blast. But it is hanging in there. I need to check into bristly mallow – thanks for the tip, I am not familiar with it, and excited to learn about it. -xericstyle

  4. Fierce, indeed! It looks great. I’ll share your tip with a friend who has been trying to establish a Lippia lawn for some time.

    • Cooool….I am really committed to the Phyla nodiflora now that I see this improvement…I am hoping so much this works…. -xericstyle

  5. Cheri Collins

    What a wonderful idea for the wasted spaces people are calling “lawns.” Keep us updated, please!

    • I hope so! …and thanks Cheri, I will do so! -xericstyle

  6. You have been busy posting this week. Frogfruit and horseherb make a nice combo. It is looking very lush and thick and seems to be controlling the weeds you had a problem with last year. You should add more plants with animal names to that bed. Maybe some horsemint or beargrass?

  7. Cute idea Michael, Plano Prairie Garden! Good going Heather! Thank God that more and more of us are foregoing the St. Augustine lawn that was almost a requirement to step into middle class suburbia….Must be the cutest thing ever to see your kids out there with butterfly nets!

  8. I’m glad to hear that the frogfruit may work out. Keep us updated. I’m still nursing along my Berkeley sedge lawn. It got dry-stressed last fall/winter and parts were looking puny this spring. But I fed it, and now it’s looking much better. Sometimes our lawn replacements just take a little longer to establish than we realize.

    • I totally agree with you, Pam. I am so used to plants I neglect!!! …and get away with that! – xericstyle

  9. SteveM

    I planted Frogfruit last year as a grass replacement as well, very similar to your arrangement. It took off well and spread from 5% to about 60% coverage. I was so optimistic. This year only about 50% of it came back. I’m not watering it, but we had a very wet Winter in SETX. I’m discouraged by this turn. The soil here is loam, well drained, full sun, chemicals should be right. How much do you water? Did yours come back in well?

    • I do not water at all – have not since the first month or two…something like that! Several of mine in full sun are hanging in, but not full yet at all. The plants in dappled sun took off like wildfire after I spread corn gluten meal early spring as a pre-emergent – I think it needed the nitrogen immensely – responded EXTREMELY well to it. Soooooooo – I have just decided this week, I am willing to water it deeply just once every week, or every two weeks. I have high hopes this is all it needs…a little water to really establish vigorously and shade its own roots….

      That is my plan! -xericstyle

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