Go Native and Water-Wise: 5 Texas Native Plants to Add to Your Garden

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Whether you’re getting into sustainable landscaping, or you just want to plant something you know will survive, your best option might be going local!

Texas native plants come in a wide and beautiful variety. Plus, most are hearty, drought-resistant and water-wise. So, you won’t spend a fortune caring for them.

Ready to learn more about the best picks for your garden? Great!

Keep reading for a primer on five native species, perfect for Texas landscaping.

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If you’re brand new to landscaping, consider hiring professional help. A local company like CLC Landscaping, LLC can help you save time and money, and you’ll wind up with a garden that looks great!

And no matter who’s doing the work, make sure to include a few of these local Texas plants. 

1. Texas Sage

This evergreen shrub will reach a total of four to five feet in height, so it’s a perfect backdrop for the smaller plants in your garden. And, during the growing season, it will provide massive amounts of purple flowers.

Texas sage enjoys full sun and thrives in wild, inhospitable soil. And, it prefers relatively dry soil so it won’t need frequent watering. Simply put, it’s hard to kill.  

So, if you’re new to gardening or have a “black thumb” this is a great starter plant.

2. Flame Acanthus

If you love pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies, this hearty Texas shrub might be your best bet.

Flame Acanthus is a deciduous plant, so it will lose its leaves seasonally. But, during summer and fall, their bright red-orange blooms will make for a major splash of color in your landscaping. 

This plant prefers partial sun and can reach three to four feet in height. So, they are perfect for flowerbeds partially shaded by your home, or to create dimension in between smaller plants and taller shrubs. 

3. Black-Eyed Susans

Nothing says Texas like a patch of local wildflowers.  

Black-Eyed Susans grow in clumps reaching one or two feet in height and width. And, their stunning yellow blooms will last through even the hottest of summers. So, they are an excellent front row eye-catcher. 

This perennial should be planted in early spring and must be cut back in the winter. Even if the plants survive a full year, they won’t bloom again without this maintenance. 

4. Century Plant

This is a top pick if you prefer hard to kill plants and want to create a focal point in your garden.

The Century Plant is a large, spikey evergreen with blue-grey leaves. It will bloom just once in its lifetime, with a very tall and impressive flower. But, you’ll have yours for years before that happens.

This plant is part of the same family as maguey and aloe. So, the tips of its leaves are quite sharp. Keep this plant away from pedestrian areas to avoid accidental scrapes. 

5. Frogfruit

If you’re looking for plants to prevent soil erosion and cut back on maintenance in your garden, go for a groundcover.

Frogfruit is a deciduous and attractive option that spreads rapidly. It has small white blooms that attract plenty of pollinators. And, it’s an excellent host for butterfly larvae. 

Creepers and groundcovers sometimes need a border to keep them in place. Otherwise, their roots will be tempted to spread to other areas, like your lawn. 

Ready, Set, Grow! 

These Texas native plants are sure to make your garden shine. 

Don’t forget to consider their needs for water and shade before planting. And, remember to select a good mix of evergreen and deciduous species, so your entire garden won’t die back in winter.

Want to learn more about how you can improve your home both inside and out? Check out our other blog posts for inspiration.