Here in Texas, it’s hard to maintain a vibrant and lush landscape in our hot and arid climate. Not to mention, water restrictions make it impossible to plant certain varieties of plants. Trying to remember which days and what time you can water can get pretty confusing and annoying. Stop struggling with non-native plants and utilized drought-resistant landscaping design varieties that can stand up to the hot Texas summers.
With their long pointed leaves, these natives to Texas and the southwest look great in gardens and landscapes. Agave is a hardy plant that isn’t too fussy about soil types or regular water schedules. Near the end of their life cycles, they grow an enormous towering flower stalk that will add some color to your arid garden. Agaves need full sun and only need to be watered once in a while but make sure the soil is dry before you do.
Bottlebrush plants can grow as shrubs or trees and reach a height of 15 feet. They are native of Australia but make a great plant for arid landscapes. Their big bushy red flowers produce small fruits that are loved by hummingbirds, insects, and make a great addition to your butterfly garden. A bottlebrush plant can add a splash of color to your drought-resistant landscaping.
These fast-growing trees are native to the southwestern United States and can reach up to 30 feet tall. Desert willow flowers vary from white to purple and don’t give away that they are a drought-resistant plant. The flowers attract hummingbirds in the summer while songbirds are attracted to the seed pods it produces in the fall. The desert willow can survive on rain alone, but additional watering is needed to produce its vibrant flowers.
Dudleya is a very interesting-looking succulent that can be left on its own for long periods of time. These little plants can grow to be 50 to 100 years old and grow right here in Texas and Mexico. When planting them, consider an area that receives bright sun but also a little bit of shade in the afternoon. Since dudleya is a desert plant that is quite used to drought conditions it does not need to be watered all that often. In fact, you can forget about watering it all summer and just water it once in a while in the fall and it will be just fine.
Trailing Rosemary is a great choice for homeowners who want a good ground cover in their gardens without a lot of work. It has high drought resistance once it’s established and works well with other succulents and drought-tolerant plants. Its thick ground cover is great for preventing unwanted weeds. You can even use its aromatic leaves in culinary dishes.