Austin Native Landscaping: “We try to use Plumbago in part shade situations because the plant is not as drought tolerant in full sun and seems to enjoy the occasional shade. Texas adapted Plumbago is a stellar pick for many landscapes. Its blue flowers will really pop out in the summer and will complement well other similar colored plantings. Plumbago is deciduous so shearing back after first frost is recommended.”
Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker Fern, “An evergreen fernlike, flowering, drought tolerant perennial that is adapted to our fiery summers? Yes please, I’ll take two! This smallish, fern look alike, droops with ample of red and delicate blooms at spring and remains an interesting element during the winter when its intricate foliage stands out in the winter gloom. Thrives in both full sun and part shade. Drought tolerant.
Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower, Austin Native Landscaping: “Echinacea is one of our personal favorites! The flower is quite magical and pronounced; Butterflies can’t get enough of it! A very useful plant that will thrive both in full sun and part shade, it looks especially good when planted in a mass. The sea of purple blooms will intoxicate your eyes. Hardy, pest and disease resistant and drought tolerant.
Austin Native Landscaping: “Silver Ponyfoot is a wonderful ground cover for drought tolerant landscaping. Evergreen, disease and pest resistant. Thrives in full sun and part shade. We rely on silver ponyfoot in many of our xeriscape flowerbed designs. Sprinkle it in the front of your waterwise landscape and between other plants. complement other elements of your choice. Works beautiful in pots, where the plant gracefully spills over.”
Lilyturf-Lilyturf (Liriope) is an easy-to-grow favorite shade plant. Loved for its grassy foliage and spikes of blue or white flowers in late summer, as well as its resistance to deer and rabbits, lilyturf is practically a plant-it-and-forget garden resident. It grows best in Zones 5-10 and grows a foot tall. Test Garden Tip: Lilyturf can be a fast, almost aggressive spreader when it's happy.
Agave americana, Century Plant, Blue Agave, American Aloe, Maguey This fast growing shrub will turn eventually in to a small and handsome tree. At spring time, Mock Orange’s big white flowers will offer exquisitely pleasant smell. It is somewhat drought resistant once established, disease and pest free and is highly deer resistant. Small flowering, deer resistant tree that is also low maintenance?
Austin Native Landscaping: “You can see this attractive vine in more and more landscapes in Austin. This is great news because Confederate Jasmine is an excellent choice as far as vines go. Confederate Jasmine is a low hassle, disease and pest free, drought tolerant vigorous vine. And best of all: Its evergreen. A well established Confederate Jasmine is a sure sight to see; Hundreds of fragrant white blooms literally covering the plant. Performs outstandingly on arbors, trellises and walls.”
Scutellaria-“One of the greatest low layer plants you can use! It is very neat and tidy, and will keep its round form quite well. The small pink flowers. Pink Skullcap is very versatile; Not only it will thrive in both full sun and part shade but it is also an evergreen that will add much needed greenery during the winter. Disease and pest resistance and quite drought tolerant: Pink Skullcap is a no brainer choice for Austin waterwise landscapes.”
Fall Aster Austin Native Landscaping: “A vigorous, properly placed Fall Aster is a real show stopper. The plant profusely explodes with outstandingly bold purple flowers. Few drought tolerant plants provide such intense color during the fall and Fall Aster is the most prominent one. Full sun and part shade adapted, we use this beauty as a mid layer in our flowerbed designs. You really can’t go wrong with Fall Aster; Plant as a specimen or in a mass.”
“Trailing lantana is an outstanding pick for any drought resistant flower bed design. Unlike its big brother, Texas Lantana, Trailing lantana is less erect and more sprawling; acting as a solid and colorful groundcover. Trailing lantana explodes profusely with dozens of beautiful lavender colored flowers that last particularly long, from spring until frost. It will work well in both full sun and part shade, and performs outstandingly planted in terraces, cascading down.