From:Plano, TX Region: Southwest Topic: Drought Tolerant Title: Drought tolerant plants native to Plano, TX Answered by: Nan Hampton
I live in Plano Texas. We have drought conditions and I would like to redo our landscape with flowers that can handle Texas weather annually. My desire is:
1. Year round blooms
2. The ability to handle drought and
below zero weather conditions
3. Preferably, low-maintenance, long-lived
That is my desire, if it is unrealistic I can live with low-maintenance, long-life, colorful plants that do well in Texas.
Looking forward to your expertise. Thanks in advance.
That's a pretty big order, but I'll see what we can find to fill it. I am assuming you mean below freezing (below 0° C, not below 0° F). Plano is in USDA Hardiness Zone 8a, which has an average annual minimum temperature of 10-15° F (-9.5--12.2° C). There isn't one single plant that is going to bloom for 12 months, but we can find flowers that bloom early in the spring and ones that bloom late in the fall of the year to give you something in flower for most of the year. All of the plants below are reported to have high drought tolerance and all are native to Collin County.
ANNUALS For the annuals you will need to let the seeds mature and fall to have the plants grow again the following season or else replant each year.
Clasping-coneflower (Dracopis amplexicaulis) bloom period—April through July Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) bloom period—April through June Horsemint (Monarda citriodora) bloom period—May through June Drummond's phlox (Phlox drummondii) bloom period—March through June Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium) bloom period—February through December, mostly spring
SHRUBS and SMALL TREES American beauty berry (Callicarpa americana) bloom period—May through June, purple berries in fall and winter Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) bloom period—March, colorful leaves in fall Rhus lanceolata (Rhus lanceolata) bloom period—June through August, red berries and colorful leaves in fall Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) bloom period—March through June Rusty black-haw (Viburnum rufidulum) bloom period—April through May
GRASSES The first two grasses are bunch grasses with interesting ornamental foliage.
"One August Andy saw a 'Prairie' buffalograss lawn in Plano that had been watered just twice all year. It was green. The neighbor's bermudagrass lawn next door had been watered 33 times and looked stressed."
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