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Plants for Texas


Every US state comes with its gardening challenges, and Texas is no different. Thankfully the plants on this page are all able to thrive in Texas's unique growing conditions. And better yet, they're specially adapted to the climate in Texas. These plants are suitable for anyone wanting to grow trees, grasses, ferns, flowers, vines, hedges, moss, shrubs, berries, or wetland plants in Texas. We've also included a selection of native Texas plants.

How to grow plants in Texas
If you're more familiar with growing plants in the colder areas of the US, you might be surprised to learn there are species you can plant every month in Texas. That means you can be thinking about what new plants to choose for your garden while you do your Christmas shopping. And you can give plants as gifts at Thanksgiving.

Learning how to grow plants in Texas is mostly just choosing the right species and varieties, and that's why we've put together this page.

The coldest USDA hardiness zone represented in Texas is 6b. However, most of Texas is zone 7a to 9a. That means you can grow berries that require winter chilling as well as plants that don't like it when the weather is too cold.

The most important thing to remember when growing plants in Texas is that you'll have less rain than the US average. That means you may need to water more frequently than in other states. Mulching your plants will also be especially important as it will help reduce evaporation from the soil.

Of course, Texas is well known for its sweltering heat during summer. All the plants in this section will cope well with this heat, and you can give them a helping hand by planting trees and large shrubs to provide some shade for the smaller plants in your garden.

Pro tip:
Choose a selection of plants from each garden level to add interest to your garden and ensure all the plants work together to create a beautiful little ecosystem. That means selecting low-growing varieties, small and large shrubs, and even a tree or two if your garden is large enough.

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