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Our Fuss-Free Plant Picks for Shallow Soil

Some plants fail miserably in thin soil. But these natives prefer and even thrive in these far-from-ideal conditions.

by Kahne Cobarrubias 

If you live north of 1604, you’re probably quite familiar — and frustrated — with how thin the soil is and have given up entirely. Equally annoying is digging just a few inches down only to discover solid rock or large boulders.

Some plants fail miserably in thin soil. But there are many native plants that prefer and even thrive in these far-from-ideal conditions. Choosing plants that are native to the Hill Country not only save substantial amounts of water, but they also add more Texas character and charm to your yard.
Pride of Barbados poinciana flowers.

Here’s just a sampling of native plants that work best with shallow soil.

There are plenty more thin-soil-loving plants to pick from or use the Find a Plant database to search by plant type, light requirements and wildlife appeal, among other features.

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Our Guest Authors are fantastic former SAWS employees, incredible interns and community leaders in the local landscaping world. They are all as passionate as we are about saving water with beautiful, diverse landscapes.
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