Making your home the envy of the neighborhood is easier than you think when you choose Texas native plants in your landscaping. Native plants mean low maintenance, less water, and higher chances of success. It just makes sense. With so many Texas native plants to choose from your home’s landscaping can look great not only right now, but for years to come. A beautifully landscaped yard can even mean a great return on investment when it’s time to sell by increasing your home’s curb appeal. Here’s the Top 15 Texas Native Plants that Will Make Your Home Look Stunning.
Top 15 Native Plants for North Texas
DFW Cold Hardiness and Growing Zone
Because the metroplex takes up such a large area, it is important to note that our 13 counties take up two major growing zones, zones 7 and 8. This means that plants with a higher cold hardiness may survive the winter in Dallas, but not in Decatur or Denton. Be sure to know your growing zone while choosing plants for your landscaping, and then match it with the plant’s tag or description.
Native plants mean low maintenance. Even though native plants typically mean less water usage, choose wood mulch in your landscaping to help retain water and lessen the frequency between watering. Once established, they can thrive with our average rainfall. Native or adapted drought-tolerant plants are naturally disease and pest resistant so you won’t have to worry so much about chemical control methods. They also require little or no fertilizer.
Still Have Questions About Native Plants in Your Landscaping?
A great resource is your county’s Cooperative Extension Office or Texas A&M Extension. We like this list of Top 100 Plants for North Texas put together by Texas A&M. You can also take a class with your Master Gardeners Association and they usually have friendly staff ready to answer all your questions. Dallas put together a comprehensive list of native and adapted plants for your landscaping.
The following photo is by Michael in Plano, TX. He has a really awesome native plant garden on his property that will give you lots of ideas on creating your own beautiful yard in Dallas Fort Worth. Read his post and learn tips from him here.
Native Trees for North Texas
1. Texas Red Oak – red foliage in autumn
2. Common Persimmon – orange fall foliage; small, edible orange fruits
3. Redbud – yellow fall foliage; bright pink blossoms
4. Rusty Blackhaw – mauve to red foliage in autumn; white flowers
5. Live Oak – “evergreen” green foliage
Native Shrubs that Will Make Your Neighbors Envious
6. Crepe Myrtle – summer blooms in a variety of colors, don’t give this beautiful shrub/small tree a Metroplex Haircut…no hacking please!
7. Nandina – red winter foliage and red berries
8. American Beauty Berry – fuchsia colored berries in fall and winter
9. Red Yucca – pink blooms
10. Texas Sage – silvery green foliage, deep pink blossoms
Native Plants that Attract Pollinators and Birds
11. Passion Vine – stunning purple flowers, tasty small fruits if you’re lucky
12. Coral Honeysuckle – red flowers
13. Butterfly Weed – reddish orange blossoms
14. Spanish Lavender – purple blossoms
15. Any of our great Texas Wildflowers (check growing zone)
There are literally so many different native Texas plants for landscaping in DFW that it’s going to make it difficult to choose which ones you want in your own yard. Is your yard landscaped with native plants? We’d love to see any photos you have and we may even feature them!