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Artemesia, 'Powis Castle'

Artemesia, 'Powis Castle'

Artemesia ' Powis Castle'

An evergreen mini-shrub with lace-like, silver gray foliage. It grows in a dense 2 to 3 foot mound that benefits from occasional shaping. The plant is a cultivar that does not produce flowers or seed.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Cultivar

Bicolor Iris

Bicolor Iris

Dietes bicolor

The upright, grass-like leaves and buttery yellow flowers of this perennial makes it a great addition to any garden. It blooms best with full sun, but appreciates afternoon shade in our hot Texas summers. \r\n

Zone : 9
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 18-24"
Spread : 9-12"
Origin : South Aftica

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida

A classic perennial for any garden. With its large yellow flowers with dark centers this plant knows how to combine beauty with toughness. It forms a clump of tall beautiful flowers that can be used as cut flowers or for attracting butterflies. Plant in mass for an amazing show of color.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 2'
Origin : Native

Blackfoot Daisy

Blackfoot Daisy

Melampodium leucanthum

An outstanding Texas native, this mounding perennial puts on a show of white daisies from spring until fall. It is often seen growing on the roadsides, which proves its drought tolerance and adaptability to poor soils. Given good drainage and sun this native will knock the socks off anyone who passes by it. Deer Resistant

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 2'
Origin : Native

Blue Flax

Blue Flax

Linum lewisii

Bulbine, Orange

Bulbine, Orange

Bulbine frutescens

Bulbine\'s long, fleshy, aloe-like leaves form a delightful clump around stalks of orange flowers with bright yellow stamens. This native to South Africa is at home in a rock garden as it is in a cottage garden. With its succulent leaves, It is extremely drought tolerant and will withstand poor soil conditions. It only requires good drainage and medium water to encourage the explosion of flowers all summer long. Evergreen through mild winters.

Zone : 9
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 6-36"
Origin : Africa

Calylophus, Compact

Calylophus, Compact

Calylophus drummondianus

A drought tolerant, low-growing, spreading perennial. The bright yellow flowers are two inches across and will bring butterflies and other pollinators streaming into your garden. Evergreen in mild winters.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-24"
Spread : 24-36"
Origin : Native

Catmint, Walker's Low

Catmint, Walker's Low

Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low'

A tough, mounding perennial with attractive silver-green foliage and a profusion of small violet-blue flowers that bloom from early spring until frost. It got its name from a garden in England where it was discovered and doesn\'t refer to its growth habit. Deer resistant, drought and heat tolerant.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18-24"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Cultivar

Chile Petin

Chile Petin

Capsicum annuum var. aviculare

The best of both worlds in one plant! Chile Pequin is a beautiful, drought tolerant plant that forms a bushy mound topped with tons of bright red chilies. The chilies are no bigger than 1" but are extremely hot. It can be designed into perennial beds or used in containers as an accent. Like most other chilies this plant loves the heat. Also surprisingly tolerant to salt soils and deer.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 2-5'
Origin : Native

Chocolate Daisy

Chocolate Daisy

Berlandiera lyrata

Columbine, 'Texas Gold'

Columbine, 'Texas Gold'

Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana

This is one of our best bloomers for shady areas. Each spring, sprays of yellow flowers top lush green foliage for several weeks. It reseeds easily and prolifically. The foliage fades with summer heat, but it can be cut back for a new fall flush.

Zone : 6
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 12-30"
Spread : 12-24"
Origin : Native

Copper Canyon Daisy

Copper Canyon Daisy

Tagetes lemmonii

This large mounding shrub will provide a beautiful show of golden/yellow flowers in the fall. Happy in well-drained soil, it will withstand lots of sun and is very drought tolerant. Its fine leaves have a strong distinct aroma that keeps pests away including deer. You can trim tips until summer to keep it smaller.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-6'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : Arizona

Coreopsis, Lance-Leaf

Coreopsis, Lance-Leaf

Coreopsis lanceolata

Also called Tickseed, this is the easiest to grow coreopsis. It is drought tolerant, but will bloom longer with a little additional watering. Bees and other pollinators love it. Deadheading encourages repeat blooming.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-18"
Spread : 12-18"
Origin : Native

Cuphea 'David Verity'

Cuphea 'David Verity'

Cutleaf Daisy

Cutleaf Daisy

Engelmannia peristenia

Dalea, Black

Dalea, Black

Dalea frutescens

This mounding and spreading shrub produces a brilliant display of dark purple flowers atop its lacey leaves. It is extremely drought tolerant and loves the heat. It\'s excellent on a rocky hillside or in a xeric nativescape. Requires good drainage.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 4'
Origin : Native

Dalea, Gregg's

Dalea, Gregg's

Dalea greggii

A beautiful spreading groundcover that stands up to heat and drought. Gregg\'s Dalea has small, silvery leaves and is covered with purple and violet flowers throughout the summer. It is easy to maintain and loves hot, dry locations. It does poor in wet areas and shade. Perfect for borders, rock gardens, and hillsides. Deer Resistant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 3-5'
Origin : Native

Damianita

Damianita

Chrysactinia mexicana

This low mounding perennial is a real performer. It happily blooms a profusion of yellow, daisy-like flowers in the heat, drought, and rocky soils. It has evergreen foliage that is aromatic and deer resistant. The only thing this little trooper doesn\'t like is wet feet and extreme haircuts, so shear back lightly in the cool season for best results.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 1-2'
Spread : 1-2'
Origin : Native

Datura

Datura

Datura wrightii

Made famous by artwork of Georgia O\'Keefe, this perennial forms a large mound of dark green leaves and oversized blooms. The huge, white trumpet flowers open at dusk and close mid-morning. It is very drought tolerant, will grow in poor soil, and loves the heat. Datura dies back to the ground in the winter but comes back bigger and better. All parts of this plant are poisonous! Deer resistant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Native

Fall Aster

Fall Aster

Aster oblongifolius

Fall Aster is one of the last to bloom in the garden putting on a brilliant showing of blue-purple flowers. It is very hardy and will tolerate rocky, sandy, and acidic soils. It grows into a tidy, compact perennial that blooms profusely and is worth the wait.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Native

Fall Obedient Plant

Fall Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana

This perennial can reach 3 feet tall and towers over the smaller plants with beautiful pink-violet spike flowers. It’s easy to grow and can spread quickly, so be sure to give it plenty of room. It will need a bit more moisture than some of the other natives in your garden.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 24-36"
Spread : 18-24"
Origin : Native

Fern, Clover

Fern, Clover

Marsilia macropoda

A hardy perennial with attractive four-leaf clover-like leaves, hence the name. It makes an excellent groundcover and will spread to create a dense mat. It will tolerate full sun as long as it recieves regular water.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 12"
Spread : 24"
Origin : Native

Fern, River (Southern Wood)

Fern, River (Southern Wood)

Dryopteris normalis

River fern is a shade lover that can brighten up a dark space. This lacey-leaved fern grows to be 24" to 40" tall. Is drought tolerant and easy to grow. Will thrive with good soil and additional moisture.

Zone : 8
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 24-40"
Spread : 24"
Origin : Native

Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak

Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak

Astrolepis sinuata

A drought tolerant, semi-evergreen fern that can grow in full sun. The roots of this fern prefer to be in the shade so tucked into a rock crevice is a perfect spot for this lovely little specimen fern. The undersides of the thick fronds are cinnamon in color contrasting nicely with the gray-green surfaces.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12"
Spread : 36"
Origin : Native

Flame Acanthus

Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

Growing to be a small, airy shrub, this spreading perennial has bright red flowers against a striking light green backdrop. It is great for xeric gardens and loves the heat, but does need moderate water to improve blooming. Shear back in winter to improve form and flowering. Hummingbirds go wild for the orange red tubular flowers.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 3-4'
Origin : Native

Four Nerve Daisy

Four Nerve Daisy

Tetraneuris scaposa (Hymenoxys scaposa)

This is one you\'ll see growing on the side of the roads and hillsides. Very tolerant of poor conditions, this dainty yellow daisy will thrive in any native garden. Planted in mass, they can make a breathtaking show of bright yellow flowers reaching for the sun. Also known as Hymenoxys scaposa. Deer resistant.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 8"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Native

Frog Fruit

Frog Fruit

Phyla nodiflora var. incisa

This Texas native is often overlooked, but can be a valuable groundcover with its broad, smooth leaves and creeping nature. The petite flowers are white encircling a purple center and cover the ground profusely. It is drought tolerant, however it produces a much fuller plant given regular water.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3"
Spread : 24"
Origin : Native

Giant Coneflower

Giant Coneflower

Rudbeckia maxima

This is one amazing rudbeckia! Early in the season the blue/green foliage looks like cabbage but soon transforms into a 6-foot tall flower! With dark, cone-shaped centers and drooping, yellow petals, this plant can be used as a specimen or in the back of a perennial bed and adds great contrast with its silvery blue leaves. The birds love the seeds when they mature late in the season.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6-8'
Spread : 3-4'
Origin : Native

Gopher Plant

Gopher Plant

Euphorbia rigida

Guara, Pink

Guara, Pink

Gaura lindheimeri

An airy, clumping perennial with delicate flowers that appear on 2 to 3 foot tall sprays like butterflies. Blooming begins in the early spring and can be prolonged until fall by removing the spent flower spikes.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 2-4'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Native

Hardy Ice Plant

Hardy Ice Plant

Horseherb

Horseherb

Calyptocarpus vialis

Low growing groundcover with aggressively spreading root system. Very useful in dry shade conditions where a dense mat of foliage is needed.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 2"
Spread : spreading
Origin : Native

Lantana, Confetti

Lantana, Confetti

Lantana camara 'Confetti'

Lantana camara \'Confetti\' is a shrub-type Lantana that can get 2-3\' in height with a 6-8\' spread. The blooms are tri-colored consisting of yellow, pink, and purple to wine colors that will fade with age and are great for attracting butterflies. Confettii Lantana will bloom late spring to fall and has an upright growth habit.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 6-8'
Origin : Cultivar

Lantana 'Dallas Red'

Lantana 'Dallas Red'

Lantana, New Gold

Lantana, New Gold

Lantana x 'New Gold'

Mounding perennial with lush aromatic foliage and eye-catching yellow blooms. Great in perennial beds or as a groundcover in sunny areas. Heat and drought tolerant. This plant is an absolute butterfly magnet and is not favored by deer.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 12"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Native

Lantana, Purple Trailing

Lantana, Purple Trailing

Lantana montevidensis

A beautiful border plant, this perennial creeps low along the ground and blooms continually. Very drought tolerant and easy to grow and maintain. The light purple blooms attract lots of butterflies as well as people, you are sure to get lots of compliments on this one. Deer Resistant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : South America

Lantana, Texas

Lantana, Texas

Lantana horrida

The classic Texas Lantana, it is just as happy in a garden as it is in the Hill Country. It grows to be a small shrub with hardy, green leaves and orange and yellow blossoms covering it all summer. Easy to grow, drought tolerant, and low maintenance. Deer resistant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18-24"
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Native

Mexican Honeysuckle

Mexican Honeysuckle

Justicia spicigera

This long-blooming perennial is excellent for attracting hummingbirds to your garden. It does well in containers and is drought tolerant. Attractive spray of orange blossums has given the plant the nickname "firecracker bush"

Zone : 9
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 36-48"
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : South America

Mexican Mint Marigold

Mexican Mint Marigold

Tagetes lucida

Mexican Oregano

Mexican Oregano

Poliomentha longiflora

A small evergreen shrub that grows to 3 to 4 feet in height, covered with pale lavender blossoms in hot weather. Its pale green leaves are used as a cooking herb. Keeping this plant cut back will improve its appearance.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-4'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Mexico

Missouri Primrose

Missouri Primrose

Oenothera missouriensis

Large, showy, yellow flowers bloom on this low growing perennial from May through August. Blooms are offset nicely by the dark green lance-shaped foliage, and red-tinged trailing stems add interest. Drought and heat tolerant.\r\n

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Native

Mistflower, Fragrant

Mistflower, Fragrant

Eupatorium havanense

An open shrub with slender branches that can reach six feet tall. It explodes in the fall with masses of white, fuzzy, very fragrant flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insects. It is more tolerant of dry conditions than are most Eupatoriums, although it will tolerate poorly drained areas as well. Fragrant mist flower makes a showy fall plant in the garden, or can be used massed as an understory or edge plant in more naturalized sites. Heavy shearing in the winter will promote a denser shape and more flowers the following year, since the long-lasting blooms appear only on new wood.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2-6'
Spread : 2-6'
Origin : Native

Mistflower, Gregg's

Mistflower, Gregg's

Eupatorium greggii

An upright perennial with bright green foliage and powdery blue, puffy flowers. It is a moderately fast spreading grower and needs regular watering. The flowers are a unique explosion of color and attract many butterflies. Now called Conoclinium greggii.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-18"
Spread : 12-24"
Origin : Native

Mountain Pea

Mountain Pea

Orbexilum pedunculatum

Nierembergia 'Starry Eyes'

Nierembergia 'Starry Eyes'

Nierembergia gracilis 'Starry Eyes'

This perennial grows into a tight mound covered in delicate white flowers with lavender centers. It thrives in the heat and doesn\'t mind our humidity. It required good drainage and occasional shearing increases the bloom time.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 12"
Spread : 18"
Origin : South America

Penstemon, Brazos

Penstemon, Brazos

Penstemon tenuis

An easy penstemon to grow, this lime green perennial stands out in a garden and flowers profusely. The small violet-purple flowers stand out against the foliage and add tons of color to a garden. It can reseed itself easily if stalks are not removed after blooming. Can handle wet conditions and has done well in Houston landscapes.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 1-2'
Spread : 12-18"
Origin : Native

Penstemon, Hill Country

Penstemon, Hill Country

Penstemon triflorus

The bright, scarlet-colored, two inch, flowers of this penstemon really make it stand out in the garden. As it\'s name suggests it is endemic to the Edwards Plateau. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Minimally deer resistant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18-30"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Native

Penstemon, Rock

Penstemon, Rock

Penstemon baccharifolius

Found growing out of impossible cracks in the walls of limestone canyons, this Texas gem counts drainage as its number one concern. Red blooms appear throughout the spring and summer. A rock garden super-star that likes its head in the sun and feet in the shade.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Native

Pigeonberry

Pigeonberry

Rivina humilis

This low-growing evergreen groundcover sends up bloom spikes that have rather understated pale pink flowers followed by bright red fruit. The plant self-seeds but its best attribute is that it will tolerate a great amount of shade.

Zone : 8
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 18"
Spread : 24"
Origin : Native

Ponyfoot, Silver

Ponyfoot, Silver

Dichondra aregentea

Silver Ponyfoot, with its striking, silver foliage is a very nice addition to any dry garden. Spreads by runners that root as they have the opportunity. Outstanding when trailing over a sunny ledge. Requires well-drained soil combined with a consistent watering schedule.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4"
Spread : 2'-4'
Origin : Native

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Herbaceous perennial with large purple flowers spring through fall. Best used in full sun (with a little extra water) or in partial shade. A garden standard that is easy to grow and native to most of the U.S.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 24-30"
Spread : 18-24"
Origin : Native

Rock Rose

Rock Rose

Pavonia lasiopetala

A shrubby perennial with an open, loose growing habit in the sun or partial shade. Keep trimmed in shady conditions to keep a more compact shape. Mallow-like pink blooms appear spring through fall.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Native

Rock Rose, Brazilian

Rock Rose, Brazilian

Pavonia braziliensis

Rosemary, Prostrate

Rosemary, Prostrate

Rosmarinus officianalis 'Prostratus'

An aromatic, evergreen plant that displays its pale blue flowers in late winter and early spring. A drought tolerant groundcover that is at its best when planted where it can cascade over rocks or walls.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2'
Spread : 8'
Origin : Mediterranean

Rosemary, Upright

Rosemary, Upright

Rosmarinus officianalis

Ruellia, Katie's Dwarf

Ruellia, Katie's Dwarf

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'

A round clump of lance shaped dark green leaves give rise to purple blooms from spring into summer. A nice, low growing herbaceous perennial that blooms best in full sun. Tolerates neglect, drought, and wet conditions.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Cultivar

Russian Sage

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Named after a Russian general, Russian Sage is a native of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It needs full sun and poor, well-drained soil. Showy lavender flowers top graceful, silvery foliage for several months starting mid-summer.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Afghanistan, Pakistan

Salvia, Bicolor

Salvia, Bicolor

Salvia sinaloensis

This low growing perennial can be used as a ground cover or along walkway borders. With its cobalt blue flowers and burgundy tinged leaves, it provides a beautiful contrast in any garden or container. The intense color of the flowers and leaves are best in full sun and rich soil.

Zone : 8
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 8-12'
Spread : 9-12'
Origin : Mexico

Salvia, Big Red

Salvia, Big Red

Salvia penstemoides

Big Red Sage forms a dark green rosette of leaves at the base and sends tall spikes of flowers towering over the garden. The large dark rose-red blooms are larger than most other salvias and add a vibrant pop to a xeric garden. This is a true Texas treasure that was once thought to be extinct, but now thrives in many gardens.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 24-36"
Spread : 12-15"
Origin : Native

Salvia, Cedar

Salvia, Cedar

Salvia roemeriana

This lacey perennial may look delicate but it can withstand poor soils and the hot Texas summers. It is ideal for shade gardens with its bright scarlet flowers borne on stalks, and scalloped heart shaped leaves that stand out in the shade. It prefers well-drained soil and is usually seen growing on the rocky cliff sides. This plant was made for hummingbirds.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 9-12"
Origin : Native

Salvia, Gray Shrub

Salvia, Gray Shrub

Salvia chamaedryoides

This is a great salvia to add to your collection. Its petite mounding form is covered with gray/green leaves and topped with cobalt blue flowers. When in full bloom the contrast of the gray and blue really catch your eye and stand out in a garden. It prefers well-drained soil and regular watering but it is drought tolerant as well. Shear back in the fall to improve shape.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 18"-24"
Spread : 18-24"
Origin : Mexico

Salvia greggii, Lipstick

Salvia greggii, Lipstick

Salvia greggii 'Lipstick'

An outstanding Texas native that enjoys full sun and poor soil. Blooms sporadically throughout the growing season. Dead head spent blooms aggressively to encourage nearly non-stop blooming. Colors include red, white, and pink.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 36"
Spread : 36"
Origin : Native

Salvia greggii, Pink

Salvia greggii, Pink

Salvia greggii 'Pink'

Salvia greggii, Red

Salvia greggii, Red

Salvia greggii 'Red'

Salvia greggii, White

Salvia greggii, White

Salvia greggii 'White'

Salvia, Indigo Spires

Salvia, Indigo Spires

Salvia longispicata x farinacea 'Indigo Spires'

Discovered growing at Huntington Botanical Gardens in California in the 1970s. Probably a hybrid between two species, S. farinacea and S. longispicata, both native to Mexico. Grows into a large plant that blooms non-stop throughout the growing season. Keep trimmed back to preserve shape.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4'
Spread : 5'
Origin : Mexico

Salvia, Lyre Leaf

Salvia, Lyre Leaf

Salvia lyrata

A shade loving groundcover that reaches a height of only about 5 inches. It has dark green to purplish leaves and light blue flower clusters atop foot tall bloom spikes. This perennial can be used in place of Ajuga.

Zone : 5
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 12"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Native

Salvia, Mealy Blue 'Henry Duelberg'

Salvia, Mealy Blue 'Henry Duelberg'

Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'

This Texas Superstar perennial was found growing in a Central Texas cemetary. It is larger than the native S. farinacea with deeper blue blooms. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistent.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 36"
Spread : 36"
Origin : Native

Salvia, Mexican Bush

Salvia, Mexican Bush

Salvia leucantha

A mini-shrub with silver green foliage that spreads and mounds. It grows rapidly throughout the summer and explodes with multiple light purple blooms in the fall. Give this plant plenty of room in your garden.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4'
Spread : 4'
Origin : Mexico

Salvia, Nuevo Leon

Salvia, Nuevo Leon

Salvia x 'Nuevo Leon'

Similar to the S. greggii but with a lacy, draping form. Airy appearance with royal purple blooms.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 18"
Spread : 30"
Origin : Hybrid

Salvia, Purple Leaf (Eyelash)

Salvia, Purple Leaf (Eyelash)

Salvia blepharophylla

A beautiful salvia from Mexico that will spread by stolons when conditions are right. Bright spikes of red flowers adorn this plant during the warmer months. Best used in rich, fast draining organic soil.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18"
Spread : 30"
Origin : Mexico

Salvia, Tropical Red

Salvia, Tropical Red

Salvia coccinea

Tropical sage is a real performer when you have shade and a large area to cover. Red blooms throughout the season give way to large seed crops, providing many plants for next year. Best used away from formal flowerbeds.

Zone : 9
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 18-30"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Native

Santolina, Gray

Santolina, Gray

Santolina chamaecyparissus

This Mediterranean native has a low, compact form and bright silvery foliage. Yellow flowers cover the plant in the summer. Drainage is a must, as is full, bright sun. Foliage is aromatic when crushed.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 12"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Mediterranean

Sedum, Angelina

Sedum, Angelina

Sedum, Red Carpet

Sedum, Red Carpet

Skeleton Leaf Goldeneye

Skeleton Leaf Goldeneye

Viguiera stenoloba

This plant forms a rounded mound of skeletal dark green leaves covered with yellow daisy type flowers late in the season. It is evergreen and not favored by deer. Heat and drought tolerant, it is a nice addition to a perennial garden or as an accent.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 1-3'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Native

Skullcap, Heartleaf

Skullcap, Heartleaf

Scutellaria ovata

A great perennial for the dense or partial shade. It has velvety, gray leaves and stems that are topped with a lavender bloom spike beginning in the late spring and lasting through mid-summer. Dies back in the hottest part of summer. Does well with good drainage and limited water.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18-24"
Spread : Spreading
Origin : Native

Skullcap, Pink

Skullcap, Pink

Scutellaria suffrutescens

A low growing, evergreen perennial that forms a tight spreading mound. This is a tough plant that after cutting back in early spring needs no more care when planted in full sun and a well-drained area. It is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and blooms throughout warm weather.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 10"
Spread : 18"
Origin : Mexico

Skullcap, Purple

Skullcap, Purple

Scutellaria wrightii

A compact, drought tolerant, evergreen perennial with deep violet-blue flowers that appear in May and continue through the summer. It doesn\'t like wet feet so plant it somewhere with good drainage.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 10"
Spread : 10"
Origin : Native

Snake Herb

Snake Herb

Dyschoriste linearis

A low-growing perennial groundcover for sunny to part sunny areas. The purple bell-shaped flowers attract bees and butterflies all season long. It is drought and heat tolerant but can also withstand wet conditions. Deer resistant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : spreading
Origin : Native

Society Garlic

Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

This clumping perennial is aptly named with long grass-like leaves that smell of garlic when crushed. The flower stalks produce showy umbels of violet flowers. It is evergreen in mild winters and makes an excellent container plant.It will tolerate full shade, but blooms better with more sunlight. Deer resistant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 24"
Spread : 10"
Origin : South Africa

Texas Betony

Texas Betony

Stachys coccinea

This low growing perennial is a hummingbird magnet. Coral colored flowers appear spring through fall, and are encouraged to repeat with regular pruning. Best in full sun to preserve good form, but will tolerate light shade also.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 24"-36"
Spread : 36"
Origin : Native

Turk's Cap

Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Large, shrubby perennial with red flowers and large, bright green leaves. Perfect for shady areas where color is desired. Hummingbirds take advantage of the summertime blooms.

Zone : 8
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 3'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Native

Verbena, Homestead Purple

Verbena, Homestead Purple

Verbena, Moss

Verbena, Moss

Verbena tenuisecta

A sprawling, long-lived, fern-like ground cover that provides a profusion of rich, purple blooms. It appears with its blooms early in the spring and stands up to the heat of summer.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 12"
Spread : 30"
Origin : South America

Verbena, Prairie

Verbena, Prairie

Verbena bipinnatifida

Wedelia

Wedelia

Wedelia trilobata

An aggressive groundcover with glossy, green foliage and bright, yellow-orange blooms. This is a great cover for hard-to-plant areas. Tough and tolerant of many conditions.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-8"
Spread : ?
Origin : South America

Winecup

Winecup

Callirhoe involucrata

Mounding, herbaceous perennial with lovely 2 1/2" magenta flowers. Drought tolerant native groundcover for sunny areas that will cascade over walls.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12"
Spread : 6-36"
Origin : Native

Wooly Stemodia

Wooly Stemodia

Stemodia tomentosa

A tough, low growing, trailing ground cover with silvery gray leaves. Lots of small blue/purple blooms cover this plant from spring to fall. Prefers dry, hot sites with good drainage.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4"
Spread : 24"
Origin : Native

Yarrow, 'Moonshine'

Yarrow, 'Moonshine'

Achillea millefolium 'Moonshine'

Delicate, silver-gray, fern-like foliage contracts nicely with the bright yellow blooms of this summer blooming perennial. It is very adaptable to many soil conditions, is drought and heat tolerant, as well as deer resistant. Also makes a great cut flower.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 18"
Spread : 12"
Origin : Hybrid

Zexmenia, Orange

Zexmenia, Orange

Wedelia texana (Zexmenia hispida)

A shrub-form perennial that grows to a height of 24 inches. It is a heat loving plant that produces a single yellow/orange flower at the terminus of multiple stems. It thrives in rocky soils but will tolerate heavier soils, provided that they are well-drained.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Native

Switchgrass

Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum

Bamboo Muhly

Bamboo Muhly

Muhlenbergia dumosa

An upright, gracefully arching, lacy textured grass with a look that is similar to a small bamboo. Offers a unique look as a backdrop or a specimen. Does best with moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate drought.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3'-6'
Spread : 3'-6'
Origin : Native

Big Muhly

Big Muhly

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Fine, blue-green foliage gives way to airy, fluffy white blooms in early fall. A good substitute for Pampas Grass and a nice addition to perennial beds. A lovely native that tolerates Texas heat, drought and soils!

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2'-4'
Spread : 2'-4'
Origin : Native

Gulf Coast Muhly

Gulf Coast Muhly

Muhlenbergia capillaris

The soft, round form of this clumping grass makes it perfect for small gardens. Blooms look like a purple haze in the fall.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2'-3'
Spread : 2'-3'
Origin : Native

Inland Sea Oats

Inland Sea Oats

Chasmanthium latifolium

Inland Sea Oats is a graceful, native grass with wide blades and attractive seed heads. The spiked seed heads are flat and hang down from the stem, turning from green to brown. It prefers moist areas but will tolerate poor soil and can be used in re-vegetation projects, however it can reseed itself prolifically. Seed heads are also used in flower arrangements.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 2'-5'
Spread : 3'-6'
Origin : Native

Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

An upright, silver blue grass that turns bronze colored in the fall, making it a great addition to the landscape. This drought tolerant native prairie grass will grow up to 3 or 4 feet under irrigation.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-4'
Spread : 1-2'
Origin : Native

Mexican Feathergrass

Mexican Feathergrass

Stipa tenuissima

An 18 to 24 inch ornamental clump grass with silky hair-like blossoms. It is a drought tolerant, ornamental grass with virtually no pests or diseases.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 1-2'
Spread : 1-2.5'
Origin : Native

Sedge, Webberville

Sedge, Webberville

Carex perdentata

Also called Texas Hill Country Sedge or Sand Sedge, this sedge is excellent for unimproved or natural areas. It is cold hardy and very drought tolerant. Evergreen and deer resistent, and it can also be used as a substitute for turf.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 8
Spread : 8'-12''
Origin : Native

Sedge, Woodland

Sedge, Woodland

Carex blanda

Sideoats Grama

Sideoats Grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Weeping Muhly

Weeping Muhly

Muhlenbergia dubioides

A clumping grass with fine leaves and a draping or 'weeping' habit. Striking in mass plantings and very drought tolerant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 24"-36"
Spread : 36"-48"
Origin : Arizona

Alamo Vine

Alamo Vine

Ipomoea sinuata

This fast growing climbing vine has a lacey leaf topped with hundreds of white flowers from May until November. The blooms are white with red centers and open from noon until sunset. It is very drought tolerant and will tolerate poor soil with good drainage. It is deciduous and produces an interesting star shaped seedpod throughout the summer. Alamo Vine is perfect for covering arbors and trellises, however it is a vigorous grower so be sure to give it plenty of room. Now known as Merremia dissecta.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12'
Spread :
Origin : Native

Coral Vine

Coral Vine

Antigonon leptopus

Crossvine

Crossvine

Bignonia capreolata

Evergreen, fast growing and high climbing vine that is covered with large orange tubular flowers in the spring. Provides excellent screening when grown on a trellis. Tolerates drought and a wide range of light conditions.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : to 70'
Spread : 6-30'+
Origin : Native

Honeysuckle, Coral

Honeysuckle, Coral

Lonicera sempervirens

Twining woody vine that is evergreen and has coral/red flowers that are valued by hummingbirds. Perfect for a fence or trellis, Coral Honeysuckle is non-invasive unlike its introduced cousins. Easy to grow and drought tolerant.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 20'
Spread :
Origin : Native

Honeysuckle, Yellow

Honeysuckle, Yellow

Lonicera sempervirens 'Sulphurea'

Twining woody vine that is semi-evergreen and has yellow flowers that are valued by hummingbirds. Perfect for a fence or trellis. Yellow Honeysuckle is non-invasive unlike its introduced cousins. Easy to grow and drought tolerant.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 20'
Spread :
Origin : Native

Mexican Flame Vine

Mexican Flame Vine

Senecio confusus

A fast growing vine that provides a profusion of orange daisy-like flowers. The plant mounds when not given support but is an excellent climber of fences and trellises. It does not survive hard freezes, so in most years it should be used as an annual in all but South Texas.

Zone : 9
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 20'
Spread :
Origin : Mexico

Morning Glory, Perennial

Morning Glory, Perennial

Ipomoea tricolor

Texas Wisteria

Texas Wisteria

Wisteria frutescens

This woody deciduous vine is a well-mannered substitute for the invasive Asian species. Shiny, dark green leaves are followed by fragrant, bluish purple flowers. Prefers acidic soils.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 30'
Spread : 3-6'
Origin : Native

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

High climbing woody vine that can reach heights of 40-50 feet. It attaches with sticky pads that adhere to any smooth surface, so be careful with painted material and siding. Turns a deep, brilliant red in the fall.

Zone : 3
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 40'
Spread : 40'
Origin : Native

Agarita

Agarita

Mahonia trifoliolata (Berberis trifoliolata)

This rounded, medium sized shrub has striking grey/green foliage and holly like leaves. Yellow flowers cover the branches in early spring and are followed by bright red, pea-sized fruit. Evergreen and drought tolerant, this is a sturdy staple in any landscape.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 6'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Native

American Beauty Berry

American Beauty Berry

Callicarpa americana

A loose, open shrub valued for it's showy magenta fruit. This is a sprawling shrub that is very useful in woodland plantings. Tolerates drought and light shade. Deciduous.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 5-8'
Spread : 5-8'
Origin : Native

Beach Vitex

Beach Vitex

Vitex rotundifolia

A sprawling shrub with round gray/green leaves and bluish purple flowers in the summer. Tolerates a wide range of soils but does best in sandy situations and can be very invasive; not recommended for beachfront sites.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 1-2'
Spread : 6-8'
Origin : Hawaii

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia gillesii

Tropical looking erect shrub with fine bi-pinnate foliage. Showy yellow flowers with distinctive red stamens are highly ornamental. Performs best with infrequent deep watering in well-drained soils. Evergreen to deciduous.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 5-10'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : South America

Button Bush

Button Bush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

This fast growing deciduous shrub thrives in moist areas. Its spherical flowers attract butterflies. Needs supplemental water on drier soils.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 5-12'
Spread : 4-8'
Origin : Native

Common Tree Senna

Common Tree Senna

Senna corymbosa (Cassia corymbosa)

A small, ornamental tree with a rounded, tidy look. Bright yellow clusters of flowers are stricking against the dark green foliage in late summer. Needs winter protection north of Austin.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 5-8'
Spread : 3-6'
Origin : South America

Coral Bean, Giant

Coral Bean, Giant

Erythrina bidwilii (E. herbacea x E. crista galli)

A lovely, striking specimen plant with large pea-like leaves and large red flowers reminiscent of lipstick. This shrub is a hybrid between the native E. herbacea and the Brazilian E. crista-galli. In our garden it acts like an herbaceous perennial that comes back strong each year.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6-15'
Spread : 6-10'
Origin : Hybrid

Coralberry

Coralberry

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

The persistent red berries of this deciduous shrub give this plant its common name. Excellent color and interest in the winter. Performs best when used in massed woodland settings where it has shade in the heat of the summer.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 2-5'
Spread : 4-8'
Origin : Native

Dwarf Barbados Cherry

Dwarf Barbados Cherry

Malpighia punicifolia

This well-behaved, bushy shrub is a beautiful addition to any garden. It produces beautiful multi-colored, pink blooms followed by bright red berries. It is evergreen to 20 degrees and deer resistant. The berries attract hungry birds and are high in vitamin C.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 4'
Origin : South America

Dwarf Palmetto

Dwarf Palmetto

Sabal minor

A tropical looking tough perennial that tolerates wet conditions and poor drainage. Drought tolerant and deer resistent. Prune damaged fronds. Evergreen.

Zone : 7
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 3-5'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : Native

Elbow Bush

Elbow Bush

Foresteria pubescens

Little yellow/green flowers appear along the stems of this spreading deciduous shrub in early spring. One of the first nectar plants for butterflies to bloom. Does best with moderate water but is also is resistant to drought.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-10'
Spread : 8-10'
Origin : Native

Esperanza, 'Gold Star'

Esperanza, 'Gold Star'

Tecoma stans 'Esperanza'

Masses of large golden/yellow flowers adorn this herbaceous shrub from early summer to frost in Central Texas. Very tropical looking, perfect as an accent or en masse. Blooms best in full sun; drought and heat tolerant.

Zone : 9
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3-6'
Spread : 3-6'
Origin : Cultivar

Fragrant mimosa

Fragrant mimosa

Mimosa borealis

Small ornamental shrub with fine, feathery foliage and fragrant, pink puffball blooms. A lovely specimen that tolerates drought and reflected heat. The stems are covered with small cat claw shaped prickles so care must be taken in placing this plant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Native

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Caesalpinia mexicana

Large evergreen shrub to small tree with showy yellow blooms within native range. North of the range this still is a stunning prolific bloomer only it is deciduous and may die back to ground in the winter. Tolerates reflected heat and has low water requirements once established. Evergreen to deciduous.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6-15'
Spread : 3-6'
Origin : Mexico

Pride of Barbados

Pride of Barbados

Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Bright tropical flowers adorn this shrub. Open habit and ferny foliage. Lovely as a specimen plant. Often dies back to the ground in winter but returns quickly once the soil warms.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 5-10'
Spread : 5-10'
Origin : Central and South America

Red Buckeye

Red Buckeye

Aesculus pavia

The showy red blooms of this buckeye really make it stand out in the spring landscape. It will usually loose it's leaves in the summer so plant it with other species that thrive in the summer heat.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 10-15'
Spread : 10-20'
Origin : Native

Rose, Martha Gonzales

Rose, Martha Gonzales

Rosa 'Martha Gonzales'

A "found" red China rose first discovered in Navasota, TX. It blooms constantly throughout the growing season with a profusion of bright red single flowers. It can be used as a low-growing hedge or a single specimen plant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3'
Spread : 3'
Origin : Cultivar

Rose, Nearly Wild

Rose, Nearly Wild

Rosa 'Nearly Wild'

This repeat-blooming floribunda rose needs only occasional watering once it is established making it a welcome addition to the Texas landscape. The low growing form and multitude of thorns make this rose a great barrier for sunny spots. It also does well in containers.

Zone : 4
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Cultivar

Sage, Compact Texas

Sage, Compact Texas

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compactum'

Smaller version of the species. Easy to maintain, and very drought tolerant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4'
Spread : 4'
Origin : Cultivar

Sage, Convent

Sage, Convent

Leucophyllum frutescens'Convent'

The folks at the Uvalde Experiment station selected this variety for the deep rosy-purple blooms. Its size is a bit smaller than the species. Brighter than usual flowers make this an interesting addition to the garden.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Native

Sage, Green Texas

Sage, Green Texas

Leucophyllum frutescens

A medium sized shrub with gray-green leaves and a profusion of purple flowers in summer. Being semi-evergreen this plant makes a fine accent specimen or can be used in hedges and mass plantings. Drought and heat tolerant, it does not do well with too much water or shade.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4-8'
Spread : 4-8'
Origin : Native

Silver Bush Germander

Silver Bush Germander

Teucrium fruticans

A rounded evergreen shrub with silver/gray leaves and small lavender flowers in the spring. Useful as a low hedge, for screening or foundation planting. Drought tolerant and low maintenance.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6'
Spread : 3-6'
Origin : Mediterranean

Sumac, Aromatic

Sumac, Aromatic

Rhus aromatica

A dense, low growing, rambling shrub with aromatic leaves and twigs. Adaptable to a variety of soils and conditions. Useful in hard to cover areas. Not favored by browsing animals.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2-6'
Spread : 6-10'
Origin : Native

Sumac, Evergreen

Sumac, Evergreen

Rhus virens

In the full sun, this sumac forms a dense, round shrub with shiny, leathery, compound leaves. In the shade, it has a more open tree-like form. The white flowers attract bees and butterflies, and are followed by red, fuzzy fruit that are enjoyed by the birds. Plant in well-drained soil.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-8'
Spread : 6-10'
Origin : Native

Texas Kidneywood

Texas Kidneywood

Eysenhardtia texana

A large, deciduous shrub with an open, airy appearance. Kidneywood has light gray bark and wispy branches covered in fine, leguminous foliage. The fragrant white blooms spikes emerge at the ends of the braches in the summer and are attractive to honey bees. Easy to grow.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6-12'
Spread : 4-8'
Origin : Native

Texas Star Hibiscus

Texas Star Hibiscus

Hibiscus coccineus

This is a shrubby, herbaceous perennial with deeply lobed, palmately compound leaves and large, showy red flowers. Great used as an eye-catching specimen near ponds and streams. Likes moist to wet soils but will tolerate normal soils with supplemental water during dry spells.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3-6'
Spread : 2-3'
Origin : Native

Yaupon Holly, Dwarf

Yaupon Holly, Dwarf

Ilex vomitoria, 'Nana'

This is an evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy foliage that can be easily trimmed to form a hedge.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2-3
Spread : 2-3
Origin : Hybrid

Yellow Bells, Native

Yellow Bells, Native

Tecoma stans var. angustata

Similar to 'Esperanza' offering masses of yellow trumpet shaped flowers from early summer into fall. The leaves of this plant are finer and it is more cold tolerant lending to its deciduous nature, rather than dying back to the ground like 'Esperanza'.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4-6'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : Native

Yellow Bells, Sangria

Yellow Bells, Sangria

Tecoma stans var. angustata 'Sangria'

A dark orange flowering form of Yellow Bells that has a wine colored throat (hence the name). This one was discovered at our nursery. This deciduous shrub welcomes the summer heat with prolific trumpet shaped blooms. �Sangria� is a show stopper in any garden!

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 4-6'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : Native

Caliper Guide-Shade Trees

Caliper Guide-Shade Trees

Cedar Elm

Cedar Elm

Ulmus crassifolia

This is a fast growing, long-lived shade tree. More upright than it is broad, it has a rounded crown of foliage that turns golden in the fall. Very adaptable and easy to grow.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 50-90'
Spread : 40-60'
Origin : Native

Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana

Evergreen and densely foliaged with a pine tree look. The females have attractive blue berries from late fall to early winter. Will grow in almost any type of soil, but will get larger with rich, deep soil and more moisture.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 20-60'
Spread : 10-40'
Origin : Native

Mexican Sycamore

Mexican Sycamore

Platanus mexicana

Montezuma Cypress

Montezuma Cypress

Taxodium mucronatum

A close cousin to Bald Cypress, this species is faster growing and holds its leaves longer. Fall color is bronze or rust, but it does not take long before new growth appears. It will adapt to wet or dry sites.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 40-60'
Spread : 30-50'
Origin : Native

Oak, Burr

Oak, Burr

Quercus macrocarpa

One of the largest oaks in this area, the Burr Oak is a fast growing, long lived shade tree. The deeply lobed leaves can be up to a foot in length. Drought tolerant and very adaptable to a variety of environments.

Zone : 3
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 60-80'
Spread : 50-70'
Origin : Native

Oak, Chinquapin

Oak, Chinquapin

Quercus muhlenbergii

This medium to large oak has an upright-growing canopy that gradually broadens with age. The glossy, scalloped leaves turn a yellow to bronze color in the fall. It is well adapted to a wide range of soils and fairly fast-growing.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 50-90'
Spread : 30-40'
Origin : Native

Oak, Live

Oak, Live

Quercus virginiana

This large evergreen shade tree is a hybrid of the coastal live oak and the hill country live oak. A fast-growing and upright selection. Drought tolerant and adapts well to most soils.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 55'
Spread : 45'
Origin : Native

Oak, Mexican White / Monterrey

Oak, Mexican White / Monterrey

Quercus polymorpha

This is a large, spreading oak with large, leathery foliage. The foliage is evergreen in most winters, dropping briefly and quickly emerging in the early spring with bronze-colored new growth. It is tolerant of alkaline, neutral, and acid soils, as well as drought tolerant.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 45'
Spread : 45'
Origin : Native

Oak, Red - Austin Area

Oak, Red - Austin Area

Quercus texana x buckleyii

A medium to small shade tree native to the Austin area. Has a cone shaped form more like a Shumard Oak. Great fall color. Drought tolerant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 30-40'
Spread : 30-40'
Origin : Native

Oak, Shumard (Alkaline)

Oak, Shumard (Alkaline)

Pecan, Native

Pecan, Native

Carrya illinoinensis

Texas Ash

Texas Ash

Fraxinus texensis

A drought tolerant, fast growing, long-lived shade tree. The only Ash for the Austin Area. Requires good drainage. Yellow fall color. Deciduous.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 40-50'
Spread : 40-50'
Origin : Native

Agave, Blue (Century Plant)

Agave, Blue (Century Plant)

Agave americana

The blue/gray arching leaves on this agave can reach up to 6' long, making it an excellent focal point in the landscape. This evergreen plant blooms only once in it's life (25 years or less), with the stalk reaching up to 15' tall! As with most succulents, this agave needs well-drained soil and limited water.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Native

Agave, Jaws

Agave, Jaws

Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Hesperaloe, Red Yucca

Hesperaloe, Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora

Red/coral blooms arise from an evergreen mound of grass-like like leaves throughout most of the growing season. Both heat and drought tolerant, this plant makes a fine accent in xeric landscapes. Hummingbirds love the blooms.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 2-3'
Spread : 4'
Origin : Native

Hesperaloe, Giant

Hesperaloe, Giant

Hesperaloe funifera

A long-blooming evergreen that reaches 4' with a bloomstalk up to 12' from May to October. Hummingbirds love the nectar from the creamy white blooms.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 6'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Cental America

Hesperaloe, Night Blooming

Hesperaloe, Night Blooming

Hesperaloe nocturna

Nolina, Lindheimer's

Nolina, Lindheimer's

Nolina lindheimeriana

A mound forming grass-like member of the agave family. Endemic to Texas, evergreen and deer resistant. Produces a tall, white flower stalk from the center. Tolerates heat and drought.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 1-3'
Spread : 2-4'
Origin : Native

Prickly Pear, Spineless

Prickly Pear, Spineless

Opuntia ellisiana

An unarmed variety of the Prickly Pear Cactus. Produces edible fruit in late summer and fall. Prefers dry, sunny locations.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-9'
Spread : 5-8'
Origin : Cultivar

Prickly Pear, 'Old Mexico'

Prickly Pear, 'Old Mexico'

Opuntia gomei 'Old Mexico'

A tough, drough tolerant spineless variety with a wavy leaf. Bright yellow flowers in the spring. Edible fruit. Evergreen and deer resistent.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 6'
Spread : 6'
Origin : Central America

Prickly Pear, Santa-Rita

Prickly Pear, Santa-Rita

Opuntia 'Santa Rita'

Sotol, Texas (Green)

Sotol, Texas (Green)

Dasylirion texana

exas Sotol has arching, spiny, bright green foliage. Most often used as a specimen plant, it also makes a great barrier. Needs good drainage, full sun, and very limited water. Evergreen.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 3-5'
Spread : 3-5'
Origin : Native

Sotol, Wheeler (Blue)

Sotol, Wheeler (Blue)

Dasylirion wheeleri

Wheeler Sotol has a dense rosette of arching, grey, spiny foliage. The flower spikes can reach up to 15'. Needs good drainage, full sun, and very limited water. Evergreen.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-5'
Spread : 4-6'
Origin : Native

Yucca, Big Bend

Yucca, Big Bend

Yucca rostrata

Yucca, Buckley's

Yucca, Buckley's

Yucca constricta

A stout rosette of long, narrow light blue/green leaves ending in a short spine, with a dramatic flower spike covered with greenish white bell shaped flowers. A beautiful evergreen accent plant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 3-5'
Spread : 3-5'
Origin : Native

Yucca, Faxon

Yucca, Faxon

Yucca faxoniana

Usually unbranched and single trunked, growing up to 30'. The leaves of this evergreen can reach 3' long and five inches wide with a red-to-black margin. Leaf hairs are present and sharp pointed leaf tips help in identifying this species. White flower in the spring. Very drought tolerant.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 25'
Spread : 10'
Origin : Native

Yucca, Spanish Dagger

Yucca, Spanish Dagger

Yucca traeculeana

A tree like yucca possessing an imposing stature with a trunk that can be up to 12'. The leaves are thick, boat shaped and up to 3' long. The inflorescence is impressive and showy appearing in late winter and spring.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 5-25'
Spread : 5'
Origin : Native

Yucca, Twist Leaf (Green)

Yucca, Twist Leaf (Green)

Yucca rupicola

This is a small shrub type yucca with narrow undulate olive green leaves with margins that vary from yellow to reddish. Endemic to the Edwards Plateau, this plant is perfectly adapted to our climate and poor dry soils. Evergreen and sturdy.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 2'
Spread : 2'
Origin : Native

Yucca, Twist Leaf (Blue)

Yucca, Twist Leaf (Blue)

Yucca rupicola x pallida

Caliper Guide-Small Trees

Caliper Guide-Small Trees

American Smoke Tree

American Smoke Tree

Cotinus obovatus

Smoke Tree is a small, rounded tree with puffs of coppery-green foliage atop gracefully curved trunks. In the spring bloom period, the seed panicles look like pink plumes of smoke rising above the leaves. Well-drained, alkaline soils combined with limited, but consistent watering are a must.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 25'
Spread : 25'
Origin : Native

Anacacho Orchid Tree

Anacacho Orchid Tree

Bauhinia lunarioides (B. congesta)

This small, multi-trunk ornamental tree has an open, airy form. Directly following leaf-out, profuse white blooms make a great show for the spring. This tree seems to do well in a wide variety of growing conditions, but needs winter protection north of Austin.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-15'
Spread : 6-10'
Origin : Native

Arroyo Sweetwood

Arroyo Sweetwood

Myrospermum sousanum

This small, ornamental, usually multi-trunk, deciduous tree has light green, compound leaves that turn to gold in the fall. The clusters of creamy white flowers have a sweet, spicy fragrance. Drought tolerant and fast growing.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 15'
Origin : Native

Desert Willow, 'Bubba'

Desert Willow, 'Bubba'

Chilopsis linearis 'Bubba'

This long blooming ornamental tree does great in a full sun well drained site. It can tolerate drought and reflected heat. This specimen was discovered in the San Antonio botancial garden and has gained popularity due to its attractive dark pink/magenta blooms lack of seed pods.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 10-15'
Origin : Native

Eve's Necklace

Eve's Necklace

Sophora affinis

An upright vase-shaped deciduous tree with rosy-pink hanging clusters of blooms. Black seedpods following the flowers look like shiny, black, bead necklaces.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 15-35'
Spread : 10-20'
Origin : Native

Goldenball Lead Tree

Goldenball Lead Tree

Leucana retusa

A small, decorative, deciduous, single or multi-trunk tree with light green, lacy foliage and yellow, puffy, ball-shaped flowers throughout the summer. Adapts well to different soils, but prefers good drainage.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 15-20'
Origin : Native

Huisache

Huisache

Acacia smallii

Evergreen to semi-evergreen large shrub to small tree. Bright gold ball shaped flowers cover this tree in the early to mid spring. Very durable and adaptable.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 15-25'
Spread : 10-15'
Origin : Native

Mexican Buckeye

Mexican Buckeye

Ungnadia speciosa

Buckeye is a broad spreading, small tree or large shrub that can be grown as a single or multiple-trunk. Pink blooms emerge just before the light green foliage in early spring. Adaptable to many environments.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 15-30'
Spread : 8-15'
Origin : Native

Mexican Plum

Mexican Plum

Prunus mexicana

This deciduous small tree has year-round interest in the landscape. Fragrant blooms are followed by lush, lime green foliage in the spring and summer. Peachy to purple fruit in the late summer is followed by fall color then silvery bark in the winter.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 15-25'
Spread : 15-25'
Origin : Native

Palo Verde, Desert Museum

Palo Verde, Desert Museum

Parkinsonia x 'Desert Museum'

Possumhaw (Female)

Possumhaw (Female)

Ilex decidua

An outstanding, deciduous large shrub that hides in the background during the summer, but jumps out of the landscape when it is covered in bright red berries throughout much of the late fall and winter. Can be grown in a wide variety of soils, but needs regular water.

Zone : 5
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-20'
Spread : 6-10'
Origin : Native

Redbud, Mexican

Redbud, Mexican

Cercis canadensis var. mexicana

A smaller redbud with glossy, wavy-edged foliage. This species is more often than not multi-trunk. Brightly colored blooms adorn the branches in the early spring before the leaves emerge. Must be planted in well-drained soil.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 10-15'
Spread : 10-15'
Origin : Native

Redbud, Texas

Redbud, Texas

Cercis canadensis var. texensis

A small, very ornamental deciduous tree that can be single or multi-trunk. Spring blooms are followed by large, glossy, round leaves that shine in the landscape. Needs good drainage.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 12-15'
Origin : Native

Retama

Retama

Parkinsonia aculeata

A small, ornamental, single or multi-trunk tree with an airy appearance. The bright green foliage, branches and trunk make this tree stand out. It has beautiful yellow flowers from spring through summer and is adaptable to most soils and moisture levels. Needle-like thorns may be hazardous in high-trafficked areas.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 15'
Spread : 20'
Origin : Native

Rough-leaf Dogwood

Rough-leaf Dogwood

Cornus drummondii

A clumping shrub or small tree that blooms a profusion of white cluster-flowers in spring. The flowers give way to attractive white berries relished by birds. In the fall the leaves turn a beautiful red and when they drop, red-tinged branches are revealed, giving this plant year round interest. It can tolerate dry conditions but grows best in moist soil. And, is excellent for erosion control on slopes or river banks.

Zone : 4
Sun : No
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 15-20'
Origin : Native

Soapberry, Western

Soapberry, Western

Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii

This small to medium tree is both attractive and hardy. It will grow larger in deep soil, but stays small in shallow soil. Tolerant of drought, wind, heat, poor soil, air pollution and other city conditions. Male and Female trees both produce fruit that contains a toxic alkaloid saponin.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 10-50'
Spread : 30-40'
Origin : Native

Southern Wax Myrtle

Southern Wax Myrtle

Myrica cerifera

This small tree or large shrub has glossy, evergreen, aromatic foliage. It can be limbed up or sheared to make a specimen or hedge. Adapts well to varying light, soil and moisture levels, and will grow rapidly with ample moisture.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 10-25'
Spread : 10-15'
Origin : Native

Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf

Sumac, Prairie Flame Leaf

Rhus lanceolata

Flame Sumac is a beautiful, irregularly shaped small ornamental tree. The long, narrow leaves turn a stunning red and orange in the fall. Needs good drainage and limited water.

Zone : 6
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 10-20'
Spread : 10-20'
Origin : Native

Texas Persimmon

Texas Persimmon

Diospyros texana

This small, deciduous tree has graceful branching and makes an excellent accent. The thick, small, dark green leaves are a great contrast to the smooth, gray bark of the trunks and branches. With sun and good drainage, Persimmon will grow almost anywhere.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : No
Shade : No
Height : 15-20'
Spread : 6-12'
Origin : Native

Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel

Sophora secundiflora

Mountain Laurel is small, evergreen tree with bright green, shiny foliage and lavender/purple clusters of fragrant blooms in the spring. Can be grown as a shrub or may be limbed up for a single or multi-trunk tree form. Although very drought tolerant, it can withstand regular watering if good drainage is provided.

Zone : 8
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : Yes
Height : 12-25'
Spread : 6-12'
Origin : Native

Thornless Mesquite

Thornless Mesquite

Prosopis glandulosa 'Maverick'

Yaupon, 'Pride of Houston' (Female)

Yaupon, 'Pride of Houston' (Female)

Ilex vomitoria 'Pride of Houston' (Female)

Yaupon is an evergreen, ornamental tree with dark green, glossy foliage and bright red berries in the fall. The selection that we grow has a more tidy growth habit and are all female, guaranteeing the fruit production. Adaptable to many environments.

Zone : 7
Sun : Yes
Partial Sun : Yes
Shade : No
Height : 12-25'
Spread : 8-12'
Origin : Cultivar

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