Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

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

Tuesday - April 20, 2010

From: Ft. Worth, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Privacy Screening, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Plants for pool area in Fort Worth
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

We have a new pool in our backyard, and now also quite a bit of bare land to go with it. Looking for native grass suggestions and also shrubs/trees that I can plant around the pool area for privacy and wind blocking. We live in the north Ft.Worth area

ANSWER:

Recently, I answered a similar question from someone in Plano—not far from you.  Here is the link to that question and answer. You will see a list with photographs of shrubs/trees and herbaceous perennials at that link.  You can also find a list of recommended native plants that are commercially available for landscaping in the North Central Texas area by visiting our Recommended Species page and selecting that area from the map or the pull-down menu.  You can use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option in the sidebar by the list to select particular characteristics you might like. The list on the previously answered question didn't have grasses included so here are some recommendations for grasses. Since I don't know what your sun/shade situation is, you should read the "Growing Conditions" for each of the plants recommended to see that they match your site.

If you are looking for turf grasses and you have plenty of sun, then you should consider a mixture of Bouteloua dactyloides (buffalograss), Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama) and Hilaria belangeri (curly-mesquite).  The Wildflower Center has done extensive research on using these three grasses as lawn turf.  You can read about this research and how to establish a native multi-species lawn.

Here are some other attractive grasses native to your area:

Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhly)

Muhlenbergia reverchonii (seep muhly)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Here are some photos of these grasses from our Image Gallery:


Bouteloua dactyloides

Bouteloua gracilis

Hilaria belangeri

Bouteloua curtipendula

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

Muhlenbergia reverchonii

Schizachyrium scoparium

Sorghastrum nutans

 

 

 

 

 

More Privacy Screening Questions

Fast growing, tall evergreens for privacy in Buda, Texas
June 09, 2007 - I need to plant fast growing tall evergreens along a western 6 ft privacy fence. The function is privacy, and sound deadening. Our western privacy fence is along a 2 way noisy highway. Please advise a...
view the full question and answer

Neat and tidy, poolside in Austin Texas.
December 01, 2010 - I have a small section between our pool and fence (approx 3 feet wide). I would like to plant something native that obscures the fence but does not create a mess for the pool. The area gets sun most...
view the full question and answer

Care of non-native Buddha Belly bamboos
November 08, 2014 - I have several budha belly bamboos. They froze down last winter. I have got them back to 5 ft. I need them around 8-10 for privacy. Any suggestions? Also how to I protect them this winter?
view the full question and answer

Privacy screening shrubs from La Quinta CA
July 31, 2013 - I need a solid row of screen tree / shrubs that are at least 10 feet (prefer 12) tall and can be kept trimmed to a narrow (6 foot or less?) width. Will be planted against a 6' cement wall facing west...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen Hedge for Austin
November 28, 2010 - Hello, We live in Austin and have a yard that is almost fully shaded. We have a few burford holly bushes there, but would like to add some evergreen interest. We would love a tall hedge (around 8 ft...
view the full question and answer

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