Planting a garden is one way to give the outside areas of your home a facelift. Whether you're trying to sell your home, or purchase a new one, investing in landscaping is an excellent way to generate interest. Keeping your lawn lush will create an attractive outdoor space. There are also plenty of native plants in the San Antonio area that are easy to maintain, look great, and support the local environment. Check out these eight plants that will thrive in a San Antonio garden.
If you live in Texas, you're already familiar with the beloved bluebonnets that arrive every spring. Invite these wild native flowers into your garden by planting them in an area that needs some ground coverage. The plant will bloom during the spring and will add a beautiful blue-purple hue to the garden. They'll also help you show off your Texas pride.
Known for its ability to handle drought conditions, the Blackfoot Daisy tolerates heat and resists disease and pests. You’ll notice small white flowers adorned with yellow centers that bloom throughout the spring and summer. Local pollinators like birds and butterflies love these flowers. Plant them in a spot that needs a little pick me up or place them in a planter near an entry point to your front or backyard.
Cast Iron Plant
If you're wary about your gardening skills, we recommend starting off with a few Cast Iron Plants. These go well in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Cast Iron is a hardy evergreen that is easy to maintain and stays green year-round. They prefer full shade so choose a spot in the garden near the house or underneath the shade from nearby trees. Since they don't need much water and thrive in the Texas heat, they're a perfect option for beginning gardeners.
Coastal Live Oak
This majestic tree is well known for its vast expanse and shade ability. Coastal Live Oak trees can reach up to 55 feet tall with beautiful low-lying branches. We recommend planting this tree if you have a lot of land or neighbors who don’t mind a branch or two coming over the fence line. The shade of this massive tree can help cut down on energy costs and offer a cool place to rest outdoors.
Known for its beautiful red blooms for many months, the Crepe Myrtle is a staple in the San Antonio area. You’ll find these gorgeous trees throughout the neighborhood thanks to their small stature and vibrant color. Plant a Crepe Myrtle in full sun or part shade and be on the lookout for plenty of birds to visit. Use them on either side of your walkways to create a protected look or in a sunny spot in the backyard that could use more vertical interest.
This thornless shrub is a favorite for San Antonio homeowners who want to create a low barrier within the yard. Featherplume is usually three-feet tall but can grow up to six-feet in favorable conditions. The plant offers small purple or pink flowers that look like spikes. Petals adorned with tiny fuzzy hairs give the plant a feather-like appearance. Featherplume requires a small amount of water, sunshine and drier soil.
This beautiful vine, known for its high climbing ability, adds height to a garden. Texas Wisteria can get up to 30 feet long and offers large light purple blooms that grow in a cluster of color. You’ll find the flowers are quite fragrant making this an excellent option to add to an arbor or along a walkway. Make sure to take a cutting of Texas Wisteria from another healthy plant to ensure that you get blooms right away. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a decade for the plant to establish.
Also known as Beebalm, Wild Bergamot is a perennial that features ragged blooms. The plant will grow from two to five-feet tall and offer light purple, pink, or white flowers. The leaves of this plant can smell like mint offering a pleasant scent to the garden. Place Wild Bergamot in a spot where hummingbirds and butterflies can have easy access. Some San Antonio gardeners like to use the leaves of the plant for tea or seasoning.
There are plenty of native San Antonio plants to choose from when planting a garden, and whether you install them yourself or hire a San Antonio lawn service to do the installation, you won’t regret the results. You’ll find a wide variety of color, texture, and size to create a garden pleasing to the eye and will easily thrive in your San Antonio garden.