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Despite what was a colder-than-normal winter for us in Texas, you
know it won’t be long before we’re are dealing with drought-like
conditions and oppressive heat. And if you get sick and tired of
daily waterings of tropical plants later this summer, you may stand
there with hose in hand asking yourself this question: There’s got
to be plants that are drought-tolerant?
The answer is YES! There
are a number of native Texas plants and adapted varieties that can
not only tolerate but actually thrive in such drought-like conditions.
Long, dry summers like we experience don’t have to be torture to
certain plants if you get them established soon. By the way, even
in a well-drained bed, as long as the roots of the plant do not
drown, they will also do just fine if we get too much rain. With all
that in mind here are some proven performers that understand how
to take on a Texas heat wave.
Green Ash – Fraxinus Americanus
Caddo Maple – Acer Saccharum
Bald Cypress – Cupressus
Chinese Pistache – Pistacia chinesis
Pine – Loblolly
Rose of Sharon
Lantana (also a Perennial)
Please remember that while plants noted as “drought-tolerant” can
eventually take such heat, they do need to be babied for their first year
of life. You cannot plant a drought-tolerant specimen during a drought
and forget to water it either. Again, they can handle the heat once
they’ve established themselves.
Until next week, here's to
Great Gardening from the GardenLine, heard
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