Native Landscaping Plants of Texas

Everything is Bigger in Texas

The list of native Texas landscaping plants is immense and here a few that would be a welcomed addition to any landscape.

Texas Landscaping Plants

  • Wax Murtle The glossy, olive-green, aromatic foliage is reminiscent of bayberry candles. Clusters of waxy, bluish gray berries persist through winter. Has attractive bark and tends to develop multiple stems. Excellent screen or specimen. Evergreen.
  • Leather WoodLeatherwood is a very attractive shrub or small tree that grows in the wetlands of southeast Texas, however it does not require an excess of water to survive.
  • Savanna Holly – Large, upright evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy, light green leaves and a profusion of fluorescent red berries through fall and winter. Plant in mass for an effective windbreak. An elegant tree for lining walks or drives.
  • Long Leaf Pine – Commonly known as the long leaf pine, is a pine native to the southeastern United States. Found along the coastal plain from eastern Texas to southeast Virginia, extending into northern and central Florida. It reaches a height of 30–35 m (98–115 ft) .
  • Gulf Muhly – Gulf muhly is a perennial grass that grows 1.5’ -3’ tall. The grass has a large, airy, muchbranched seed head that is up to half as long as the entire plant. The spikelets are purple. In fall the plant takes on a feathery, deep pink hue, creating a stunning pink to lavender floral display
  • Liatris –  is a genus of flowering plants in the boneset tribe within the sunflower family native to North America (Canada, United States, Mexico and the Bahamas). Common names include blazing star and gayfeather. These species are used as ornamental plants, sometimes in flower bouquets.
  • Winecup (Callirhoe) – Winecup has masses of flowers in spring that are predominately solid pink to magenta-colored.
  • Verbenas – Verbenas are long blooming annual or perennial flowers that possess the virtues of heat tolerance and an extremely long bloom season. Perennial verbenas are relatively short lived, but their vigor and heavy flowering make up for this defect. They do well grown as annual flowering plants also, since they bloom quickly during the first season after planting.
  • Cardinal flower – It is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows up to 1.2 m (4 ft) tall and is found in wet places, streambanks, and swamps. The leaves are up to 20 cm (8 in) long and 5 cm (2 in) broad, lanceolate to oval, with a toothed margin. The flowers are usually vibrant red, deeply five-lobed, up to 4 cm across; they are produced in an erect raceme up to 70 cm (28 in) tall during the summer to fall.
  • Coral honey sucklecoral-honeysuckle – In East Texas coral honeysuckle frequents stream banks, woods and thickets. It is wide ranging from Connecticut to Florida, west through the south and midwest to Nebraska. It is a smooth, twining evergreen vine bearing dark, shiny green leaves which are white on the lower surface.

When choosing Texas landscaping plants it is good to know what conditions your landscape or garden will sustain.  High amounts of rainfall, drought conditions, your soil pH levels just to name a few.  Plano Landscaping has the experience and dedication to providing great landscape service, click here to learn more!

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