Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and Texas A&M Extension Agents have been on a mission for years. They have been preaching about the benefits of native plants. They also add that many plants have adapted well to our climate.
Native plants are winter hardy, evergreen, or spread seeds. So that means they survive to grow and bloom in season. Native also means that it grows naturally in your area. However, many natives that are not in your immediate vicinity do well in your climate.
These look like tulips, but they open up more later in the morning.
There are vastly different regions in Texas. Rainfall varies from 54 inches annual average in the east to 10 inches in the west. Soils range from acidic to alkaline and from sand to clay to caliche to loam. Winter temperatures, plus rainfall, and soils make native plants area specific. Sometimes, I try to stretch it, but end up having too many pot plants to carry inside.
Sages are great performers in our area. I have a flower bed full of Henry Duelburg Salvia or Mealycup Sage (Saliva farinacea). The wind blew some seeds into a field nearby, so I dug them up and put them in several pots. Some were taken to a club plant sale.
Gregg’ Mistflower, more commonly known as Blue Mistflower, (Conoclinium greggii) is a Texas native that grows gangbusters here. To the left is Mexican Petunia that is so well adapted that it’s invasive.
There are many, many more Texas natives that do well in a home landscape. If chosen carefully, they can be successful and bring beauty to the yard.
”When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Chief Tecumseh