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Drought Tolerant Plants for Texas Landscaping

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Bookmark this page! We’ve put together a list of our favorite drought tolerant plants for Texas landscaping projects. Keep it handy by bookmarking this page for future reference!

Drought tolerant plants are plants that have adapted to the area’s adverse conditions, such as high temperatures and little water. These plants can survive the Texas weather and still maintain their ‘good looks.”

If you want low maintenance plants, this is your go-to list. We use the plants below heavily in our Landscaping designs, and we highly recommend them for Texas yards.


Live Oak Tree
Live Oak
Texas Persimmon
desert willow tree drought resistant
Desert Willow
Texas Redbud tree
Texas Redbud
crape myrtle tree drought resistant
Crape Myrtle
windmill palm tree
Windmill Palm
pomegranate tree
retama bush drought resistant
texas mountain laurel drought resistant
Texas Mountain Laurel
mock orange tree
Mock Orange
flame acanthus
Flame Acanthus
bottlebrush weeping willow tree
Bottlebrush Weeping Willow
turks cap
Turks Cap
trailing lantana
Trailing Lantana
dwarf burford holly
Dwarf Burford Holly
yaupon holly
Dwarf Yaupon Holly
white mistflower drought tolerant
White Mistflower
texas sage
Texas Sage
flower senna
Flowering Senna
Silver Frost Artemisia
black eyed susan rudbeckia
golden showers
Golden Showers Thryallis
calylophus serrulatus
Calylophus Serrulatus
batface cuphea
Batface Cuphea
black foot daisy
Black Foot Daisy
esparanza gold star
Gold Star Esperanza
fall aster
Fall Aster
firecracker fern drought resistant
Firecracker Fern
texas bearded iris
Bearded Iris
lamb's ear
Lamb’s Ear
texas lantana
Texas Lantana
pride of barbados
Red Bird of Paradise
purple coneflower
Purple Coneflower
cherry sage
Cherry Sage
jerusalem sage
Jerusalem Sage
pink skullcap drought resistant
Pink Skullcap
centuryplant agave
Centuryplant Agave
queen victoria agave
Queen Victoria Agave
Parrys Agave plant
Parry’s Agave
red yucca
Red Yucca
Mexican Feathergrass
Mexican Feathergrass
Confederate Jasmine
Confederate Jasmine
texas leadwort plumbago
Leadwort Plumbago
purple heart
Purple Heart
trailing rosemary
Trailing Rosemary
silver ponyfoot
Silver Ponyfoot
Fetthenne Sedum Spectabile
American Beautyberry
American Beautyberry
gulf muhly
Gulf Muhly
texas frog fruit
Texas Frog Fruit




















Tips for Caring for Drought Tolerant Plants

  • Water plants only when they need water.
  • Water at base of plant to prevent sun scalding.
  • Research your plants beforehand.
  • Mulch plants well.

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4 Responses

  1. I love this page! I’m already getting inspired to create a great space in my backyard with a few of these drought tolerant plants. I think I will go with a Texas Persimmon, a Texas Redbud, Skyflower and some Black Foot Daisy. Can’t wait to get started!

  2. Great selection of drought tolerant plants. Are all these plants native to the USA? I’ve not heard of many of them and was wondering whether there are similar varieties in Australia. I really like the look of the Firecracker Fern, as well as a few others. Red yucca also seems like a good option.

  3. Had no idea there were so many options of plants that are drought tolerant! It’s amazing how much variety there is. I want to add some life to my parents’ garden and I’m considering adding some Purple Heart, Red Yucca and a Windmill Palm. Or I might just call you for help ;).

  4. Help! I’m redoing the front & side beds of my home in north Texas. I believe February is the best time to put down a “weed & feed” over my whole lawn. I think I should wait until April to plant new trees, bushes, shrubs, etc? I need all the help I can get…like prepping the beds, choosing landscaping, …& any other tips. I’m looking for the easiest to maintain & cost effective way to accomplish this. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

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