Living and working in Texas, most of us are familiar with droughts and dealing with water restrictions. Even in the Forney area, where we receive more rain than other parts of the state, the month of August is typically one of the hottest and driest. Sometimes this can make maintaining a landscape quite difficult. While there are certain trees, shrubs, and plants that are just never going to be a fit for this area, there is plenty that will grow here and thrive. Here is a list of five drought-resistant plants that are easy to grow and ready to turn your landscape into a masterpiece.
Named for its graceful display of foliage, this beautiful plant is a mound-forming ornamental with leaves that cascade in a fountain-like appearance. It is a perennial, and there are different types of fountain grass to choose from. It’s originally from Africa and the middle east but makes a great hardy plant for any Texas landscape. It is often used along borders or to frame other landscape features. It’s easy to care for and grows small, tan, pink or purple flowers in late summer through fall. It loves full sun and is extremely adaptable to our hot, sometimes muggy, sometimes dry climate. While it does well in any soil, it prefers being planted in well-drained soil. This heat and drought-tolerant plant loves to dance in the Texas breeze.
As its name suggests, the bottlebrush plant has bright pink flowers that resemble the bristles of a bottle brush. Their big bushy red flowers produce small fruits that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. You will want to plant this charming ornamental in full sun with well-drained soil. Too much moisture can cause canker or root rots. These drought-tolerant plants can reach heights of fifteen feet and can add an unexpected splash of color to your landscape.
If you’re looking for a tree to attract pollinators, the desert willow is for you. This flowering tree will add a pop of color and fragrance to your landscape, along with a plethora of birds, hummingbirds, and bees. With its multi-trunk, thick growth, and long, slender leaves, it has a distinct silhouette which might remind you of a willow tree, but it’s actually not in the willow family at all. The desert willow makes an excellent tree for a widescreen, tall hedge or a stand-alone, adding beauty to your yard. It’s a desert native and requires full sun and soil with consistent drainage. It needs only occasional watering and is typically pest and disease-free. What is there not to like about this wonderous beauty?
Trailing Rosemary adds the perfect element to any landscape, trailing over rock beds and fences and creeping over garden beds with its pine fragranced foliage and sweet-smelling flowers. It has high drought resistance once it’s established and works well with other succulents and drought-tolerant plants. Its thick ground cover contains scented foliage, which is great for preventing unwanted weeds. Small, pale blue to white flowers appear along its branches from March to May. It requires six to eight hours of sunlight a day and prefers well-drained soil. Overwatering or too much rain can cause root rot. You can help minimize the chances of this occurring by thinning the foliage to allow air circulation, and watering it in the morning, so the foliage dries quickly.
Native to us Texans, agave plants grow best in warmer regions that experience dry periods. With a look similar to that of the snake plant, it appears like it belongs in the desert. Their leaf symmetry is aesthetically appealing and ends in spiny tips. While agapes can grow up to 10 feet or more in both heights and width, there are smaller-sized agaves with soft leaves and no spines. When an agave plant is near the end of its life cycle, a tall flower stalk grows out of its center. The flowers are bell-shaped and white, yellow and green. For most, once the flowers produce berries, the plant dies.
Plant your agave in a spot that receives a lot of sun and ensure the soil is well-drained. An agave plant is very adaptable and will live in any soil texture. Have kids or pets? Agave may not be your best option because most have sharp thorns and prickly edges. Other than that, this plant may offer the structure, texture, and color your Forney area home needs.
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