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Landscaping in Texas

By November 13, 2010

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For success in landscaping in Texas, you'll need help in battling climatic extremes. Native plants will be some of your best allies, as they have already adapted to your environment. The mission of the South Texas Natives Web site is "to develop and promote native plants for the restoration and reclamation of habitats." Browse their native plant photos to gain some ideas for low-maintenance landscaping in Texas.

But plants are only part of the equation for successful landscaping in Texas; there are special considerations for hardscape, as well. My Route 66 journey took me through the Panhandle, affording me an up-close glimpse of landscaping in Texas. Among the many things that are "bigger in Texas," one is the wind. Not just any landscape edging will stand up to the Texas wind: A sturdy metal edging is recommended.

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April 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(1) Ryan Stern says:

In my experience as a landscaper in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Denton Texas area I have found that going native is by far the best strategy for ensuring a low maintenance and worry free experience for your landscaping. I recommend Texas Natives wherever and whenever I can; in fact, it’s only when a customer insists on including certain non-native plants that I use them!

The natural harmony created by a group of Texas Native plants can’t be matched, in my opinion. A Red Yucca, three dwarf youpon Hollys, Gulf Muhly Grass and a Southern Wax Myrtle together in a corner flower bed… it doesn’t get much more beautiful (or easy!) than that.

May 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(2) laurence says:

Could you share a picture of that corner design? We just immigrated to Austin (from Europe) and am eager to discover. Many thanks, Laurence

May 3, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(3) landscaping says:


I don’t know that Ryan will necessarily see your question. If you follow the link in my blog post on landscaping a corner lot, you’ll find some help (although not specific to landscaping in Texas).

November 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(4) Landscaping Woodstock il says:

I am a landscaper in Illinois and we do things a lot different than Texas. It is great to hear other perspecitves in this business. Thanks.


December 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(5) Tim Buhl says:

I really liked the Texas Landscaping Ideas. In particular the use of native plants and even native rocks and gravel. Most of these projects require topsoil or decorative gravel. Here is a good site for help with sand and gravel in Dallas TX They also have a helpful tool to figure out how much gravel or topsoil my might need.

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