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Landscaping Tips & Tricks Picking Sustainable Plants

If you are wondering what plants to select when re-landscaping after the most recent freeze, use the Earth-Kind® plant selector to help. This will help you to choose the best plants and trees to grow in your yard. The options below will help to plan a beautiful, low maintenance design, while conserving and protecting natural resources. They help to reduce the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticides that you use in your landscape while providing protection against heat, drought, pests and more.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension suggests the following plants for each category:

  • Grasses & Lawns – Buffalograss, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, Texas Bluegrass, Tall Fescue
  • Ornamental Grasses – Dwarf Pampas Grass, Sea Oats, Annual Fountain Grass, Perennial Fountain Grass
  • Ground covers – Turk’s Cap, Wintercreeper Euonymus, Rockrose, Climbing Fig, Monkey Grass
  • Herbs – Rosemary
  • Topiary – Yaupon, Chinese Holly, Japanese Yew, Viburnums, English Ivy
  • Small Shrubs – Barbados Cherry, Dwarf Pomegranate, Giant Turks’ Cap, Japanese Flowering Quince
  • Medium Shrubs – Rough-Leaf Dogwood, Foster’s Holly, Split-Leaf Philodendron, Sweet Mock Orange
  • Large Shrubs – Mexican Plum, Parsley Hawthorn, Washington Hawthorn, Nellie R. Stevens Holly
  • Small Trees – Callery Pear, Escarpment Live Oak, Chinese Photinia, Chinese Parasol Tree, Southern Waxmyrtle
  • Medium Trees – Chinkapin Oak, Southern Red Oak, Camphor Tree, Texas Red Oak, Canary Island Date Palm
  • Large Trees – Bur Oak, Southern Red Oak, Montezuma Cypress, Common Baldcypress, Winged Elm
  • Spreading Conifer – Eastern Redcedar, Oriental Arborvitae, Shore Juniper
  • Upright Conifer – Japanese Black Pine, Maki, Leyland Cypress, Slash Pine, Loblolly Pine
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