Contact Us Host an Event Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - December 19, 2007

From: Sherman, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Grasses or Grass-like, Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs, Trees
Title: Native landscaping plants for Sherman, Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

We are starting from scratch on landscaping our new yard. We live in Sherman, TX and I would like to use plants and flowers that are native to Texas and have a good chance of surviving. What are your suggestions for trees, bushes, and flowers? We have a large, empty front and backyard that will be watered with a sprinkler system.

ANSWER:

You are in luck because there are lots of suggestions for native landscaping plants for your area. First, you can visit our Recommended Species for North Central Texas. Entries on the list are linked to our information on each species of plant. The Collin County chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) has a List of Native Plants for Landscape use in Dallas-Ft. Worth. The Trinity Forks chapter of NPSOT in Denton has lists of native plants organized by type of plant (Grasses, Trees, etc.) or type of garden (e.g., Shade, Water, Wildlife).

Mr. Smarty Plants hopes that if you are considering turf grass for your lawn that you will check out Bouteloua dactyloides (buffalograss). It does very well in full sun, requires little water and needs mowing infrequently.

You can look for nurseries in your area that specialize in native plants in our Natiional Suppliers Directory. The Collin County chapter of NPSOT also has a list of nurseries that supply native plants.

Now, here are a few of the Green Guru's (Mr. Smarty Plants) favorites to get you started:

TREES

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Carya illinoinensis (pecan)

Quercus muehlenbergii (chinkapin oak)

Quercus stellata (post oak)

Prunus mexicana (Mexican plum)

SHRUBS/SMALL TREES

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn)

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon)

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Styphnolobium affine (Eve's necklacepod)

VINES

Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper)

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)

Rosa setigera (climbing rose)

Clematis pitcheri (bluebill)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

HERBACEOUS

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)

Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies)

Echinacea angustifolia (blacksamson echinacea

Conoclinium coelestinum (blue mistflower)

Calylophus berlandieri (Berlandier's sundrops)


Ulmus americana

Carya illinoinensis

Quercus muehlenbergii

Quercus stellata

Prunus mexicana

Amorpha fruticosa

Frangula caroliniana

Ilex vomitoria

Callicarpa americana

Styphnolobium affine

Campsis radicans

Lonicera sempervirens

Rosa setigera

Clematis pitcheri

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Asclepias tuberosa

Oenothera speciosa

Echinacea angustifolia

Conoclinium coelestinum

Calylophus berlandieri

 

 

More Trees Questions

Disposal of Ashe juniper from Austin
March 07, 2013 - I am in western Travis County and we have been clearing our land of some of the Ashe Juniper. When there is not a burn ban, we burn them because there are just too many to shred. I was wondering if ...
view the full question and answer

Plants for streambank area in Oregon
September 14, 2012 - I am ready to replant a streambank area with native plants..what do you recommend for the Willamette Valley in Oregon? Thanks much!
view the full question and answer

Newly planted anacacho leaf browning
October 15, 2007 - I have just put my anacacho orchid into the ground and its leaves are turning brown and falling off. Is that normal for this time of year, or have I shocked it? What can I do to ensure its health?
view the full question and answer

Reducing the Height of a Redbud Tree
January 23, 2016 - We have a very large, about 15-year old, Redbud tree that is growing so tall it's obstructing our view of the river. How and when can we prune this tree back so it does not hurt the tree.
view the full question and answer

Deadheading seedless desert willows for continued bloom in Phoenix AZ
May 31, 2010 - We planted two seedless desert willow trees this spring. Both have bloomed nicely but we now have many stems with the spent flowers still on the tree. Your database for this plant says to "Remove spe...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.