Texas can have some very harsh weather. Northern Texas can have some very arid summers with little rain (with an average of 37” a year).
Of course native plants are the way to go. They are acclimated to the Texas environment and can thrive in the weather but are also resilient to the various insects and other predators.
Basic Reasons for Native Foliage
Using native plants, when landscaping, has many benefits. Not only does it bring back the natural beauty, but also many agricultural benefits.
Many non-native species tend to need more than average amounts of water, fertilizer, and herbicides in order for them to grow in an environment that they are not accustomed to. If not properly maintained can often overtake most species that are native to the area.
When native landscaping in used, there are even more advantages. Native wildlife and insects come back to their habitat. Wildlife can now go back to shelters that they are accustomed to and feel safe in. Native insects and organisms benefit the plants in more ways than one. Most native organisms help keep plants healthy without the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
Whether you are looking just to implement and/or spruce up your outdoor area or want to start from scratch, a professional opinion is always best. In Texas, a native Texan would be your best bet.
First, you would want to look at what native plants you have and which ones you want to keep. After that, you would need to see what other plants combine well with the others. Just because two plants might be native, does not always mean they will get along together.
Benefits of Native Plants
There are many more benefits to using native plants. Here is just a small list:
- Provides food sources for local birds and insects
- Long root systems help protect the soil
- Conserves valuable water
- Resistant to local pests, diseases and lack of hydration
- Unlikely to become invasive
- Requires less maintenance
- Beautifies the landscape
- Preserves the native Texas to share for generations to come
Native Texans with over 40 years dealing with native Texan horticulture is what sets us apart from the rest. Come by a take a look at what we have to offer in native foliage. If you are still not sure as to what you are looking for or want or need, talk to our staff and we can help you make the decisions that are best for you and your garden. You can even work with one of our certified nursery professionals to give you the look and environment while helping to maintain Texas’ native beauty.