May 16, 2014
Drought Tolerant Plants, Grass and Trees for Your Texas Yard
Drought Tolerant Plants in Texas
Choosing the appropriate drought tolerant plants for your Texas landscape is the key to ensure amazing growth, healthy plants, and a flourishing yard.
Landscaping in the Texas heat presents a set of challenges that are distinct to the area. It is important to select varieties of drought and heat tolerant plants that are best suited to the climate and soil conditions of your specific area.
Let’s take a look at some of the most recommended drought-resistant plants that have proven themselves to be strong growers in drought and extreme heat conditions.
Drought Resistant Grass
Grasses are a great way to add color, texture, and movement in an area with low rainfall levels.
They generally require little amounts of water and work well as accent plants when interspersed with other planting varieties.
Mexican Feather Grass is a mounding plant with delicate strands that move gracefully in the wind.
Gulf Coast Muhly is a great ornamental option to bring height to your yard.
Often reaching a height of 3 feet, Gulf Coast Muhly is not only drought tolerant, but also does well in lightly shaded or sunny spots.
This kind of grass is inviting to birds and butterflies, bringing even more color and life into your yard.
Drought Tolerant Flowers
The standouts among all drought tolerant plants are flowers!
Adding gorgeous pops of color and a wide variety of heights and textures, flowers add personality to any landscape project.
If you’re looking for an easy to grow perennial that is drought tolerant and produces amazing color, look no further than the lovely Columbine flower.
Columbine seeds and spreads easily, so you may wind up with a Columbine patch after planting just a few plants to start.
Cape Plumbago (also known as sky flower) is a lovely addition, especially when used as a groundcover or planted to cascade over hardscaped areas of your yard.
This perennial will produce small, delicate light blue flowers from May until the first hard frost.
Cape Plumbago does better in sandy soil with good drainage. You can also consider planting several of these drought-tolerant plants and training them to climb up a trellis.
Drought Tolerant Trees
The deciduous beauty, Desert Willow, is a lovely little tree that looks like a willow but actually isn’t in the same family as the willow tree with its weeping limbs that may be familiar to many of you.
From late Spring through early Fall the Desert Willow will produce delicate flowers to enhance your yard.
Another benefit of the Desert Willow is that is is a Texas native, making it already conditioned to the drought specific needs of the area.
If a large tree is in your landscaping plan, look to the Chinquapin Oak. Reaching heights of up to 70 feet with a trunk diameter of approximately 3 feet, this tree is a commitment planting.
Be sure to plant this beauty with plenty of space, away from house foundations, sidewalks and the like. The Chinquapin Oak produces flowers in the Spring and thrives in drought conditions and limestone soils.
Drought Tolerant Shrubs
One of the best choices when looking for a drought tolerant shrub is the American Holly.
With its deep green evergreen leaves and seasonal red berries, this choice makes a bold statement in any landscape.
Hollies tend to be very hardy and require small amounts of water to thrive.
Holly shrubs are a great selection for bird lovers; their berries provide food for many species of birds and their branches and leaves often provide protection for our feathered friends.
Many times, homeowners are looking for green ideas to plant as a privacy hedge.
When planting hedge shrubs it is imperative to select a variation of drought-tolerant shrubs that will require little upkeep.
A great choice for a shrub of this kind is the Texas Sotol. Native to Texas and Mexico, the Texas Sotol produces flowers of incredible height, with stalks reaching upwards to 15 feet.
Most drought resistant plants require a full growing year to become established before requiring less water than when initially planted.
New plants will still require regular watering to help the roots take hold and acclimate to the area.
In order to get the most incredible green and lush landscaping in your Texas neighborhood, it’s highly recommended to consult the experts.
With affordable prices and exceptional service, Purple Care offers personal service to help you get the yard of your dreams.
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