Plants Selection

Native and adapted plants are the ideal choice for an aesthetically pleasing water efficient landscape. Whether you are interested in a well-manicured look, or a more naturalistic landscape design, there are a number of plants with various structures, textures, and colors to meet your needs and help you save precious time and money.

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Benefits of Native & Adapted Plants

Native and better-adapted plants in home and business landscapes serve as environmentally sustainable assets that are usually labor efficient compared with resource intensive varieties.

Some of the characteristics leading more Texans to incorporate native and adapted varieties include:

  • Drought tolerance
  • Heat tolerance
  • Water efficiency
  • Typically low fertilizer requirements
  • Typically low pesticide requirements
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What do you mean by Native and Adapted?

Native plants are hardy, having evolved in our (sometimes) harsh and unpredictable climate. They thrive on the soils that occur here and on the specific nutrients those soils provide. Native plants also tend to be more resistant to pest pressures of native insects and diseases common to North Texas. A plant might be native to:

  • Texas
  • North Texas
  • Your County
  • Your City

Adapted plants are also hardy but have been introduced to Texas landscapes through the horticulture industry. Most often, they originate from areas with similar soil types, Climates and /or hardiness zones.

See the top 100 favorite native and adapted plants for North Texas »

Texas Plant Hardiness Zones

Adapted from the USDA national plant hardiness zone map.

Texas zone elevation map

North Texas Zone 8a

Avg. Low Temp. 10-15 °F
Record Low -8°F 1980
Record High 113°F 1980
Avg. First Freeze Nov. 22
Avg. Last Freeze March 13
Avg. Yearly Rainfall for DFW 37.54” (Can range from 20”-50”) 

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