Recommended Drought Plants

2013 Threatened and Endangered Plants of Texas

Surviving a Drought like 2011, we recommend heat and/or drought tolerant new plant varieties.  Of course, check to see if the plant will be suitable for your area.  Remember, good soil, mulch and irrigation!

These “Flameproof” plants are recommended by Jimmy Turner, Senior Director of Gardens, “2011” Plant Trails”, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

Vitex ‘Shoal Creek’
Cenizo ‘Lowery’s Legacy’
Napier Grass ‘Princess Caroline’
Napier Grass ‘Prince”
Agave ‘Whale Tongue’
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Colcasia ‘Mojito’
Euphorbia ‘White Manaus’
Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’
Lantana ‘Bandana Gold’
Gaillardia ‘Dazzler Mix’
Rudbeckia ‘Denver Daisy’
Ornamental Pepper ‘Black Pearl’
Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’
Angelonia ‘Serena’ series (white)
Scaevola ‘Surdiva’ series
Begonia ‘Stara’ series
Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’
new lawn grass-‘Habiturf’-recommended by Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Research Center

These are additional favorites of Cynthia Alexander our New Plants Chairman for TGC, Celina, TX:

Euphorbia – ‘White Manaus’, Liatris- ‘Gayfeather’

Hardy plants recommended by other garden members.  Please share yours!

Houston area:

These survived both harsh winter and dry/hot summer with some care:

Bottle Brush, small & large, Miniature Pomegranate, Nandina, Turks Cap, Lantana, Oleander, Texas Sage, Hummingbird Bush, Firecracker Fern, Mexican Plum, Rock Rose (Pavonia).

Trees: Chaste Tree, Bur Oak, Loblolly Pine, Montezuma Cypress, Crape Myrtle, Texas Redbud.

Flowers:  Penta, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Portulaca, Cone Flower, Black Eyed Susan (Golsturm), Daylily, Coreopsis, Plumbago, Garden Phlox, Laura Bush Petunia, Shrimp Plant, Sunflower.

Herbs:  Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Lavender, Oregano, Thyme