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Give Your Landscape a Fresh Start

That killer freeze gave you the perfect opportunity to make your yard more drought and cold resistant with plants that can handle our sizzling summers and weather our winters.

Did your landscape suffer through the winter freeze? Don’t despair. That killer freeze gave you the perfect opportunity to start fresh and do something you’ve been wanting to do — make your yard more drought and cold resistant by planting native and neighborly-native plants! And when you remove 200 square feet of grass, we’ll help pay for those blooming plants! 

Consider your decimated landscape tabula rasa — a blank slate to start fresh. This is the perfect time to choose replacements that can handle our sizzling summers as well as weather our winters. 

Here are my ten terrific choices for drought and winter hardy perennial plants:


1. Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) – native, hummingbirds love it, sun, part shade, shade.

2. Esperanza (Tecoma stans) – neighborly native, drought and cold tolerant, sun worshipper.

3. Fall aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) – native, profuse fall bloomer, sun, part shade.

4. Rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala) – native, petite pink hibiscus-like flowers that butterflies love, long blooming period, sun, part shade.

5. Gregg mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) – native, butterfly magnet, sun, part shade.

6. Inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) – native, ornamental, low-maintenance shade grass with graceful, nodding seedhead, part shade, shade.

7. Pink skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens) – adapted native, mound of pink flowers, sun lover.

8. Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana) – southern native, hummingbird magnet, part shade, shade.

9. Mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea) – true Texas native, sun lover.

10. Scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea) – true Texas native, long blooming period, sun, part shade, shade.

Bonus small tree: Mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) – this evergreen native laughs at all extreme weather and boasts awesomely aromatic blooms.

Now is the time to plant WaterSaver plants. Visit our coupon section today. 

Gail Dugelby
Gail Dugelby
Gail Dugelby is a SAWS conservation consultant with deep roots in San Antonio and the Hill Country. She spent her youth climbing trees, playing in the Guadalupe River, and exploring the outdoors. This drives her passion for nature and our diverse environment, especially our most precious natural resource — water. Given the choice, she would be outside all the time.
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