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Sun Preference: Part Shade

Desert Willow

Along with Texas Redbud, Retama and Texas Mountain Laurel, Desert Willow is another solid pick when looking for a drought tolerant small statured flowering tree.


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.

Mexican Mint Marigold

Mexican Marigold Mint is a great choice for heavy deer pressure landscape designs

Trailing Lantana

Trailing lantana is an outstanding pick for any drought resistant flower bed design.

Firecracker Fern

An evergreen fernlike, flowering, drought tolerant perennial that is adapted to our fiery summers? Yes please, I’ll take two!

Sweet Mock Orange

Do not mock Mock Orange as it is an excellent Texas adapted tree.


Agarita is a tough sell; It’s thorny and scraggly. But its many positive characteristics are well worth considering.


Retama is extremely drought tolerant, and will survive on as little as 12 inches of rain annually.

Texas Mountain Laurel

If there is one Texas native, small growing, flowering tree you can’t go wrong with, it’s of course a Texas Mountain Laurel.

Red Yucca

Red yuccas are a common sight here in Austin and for a good reason: they are relatively deer resistant.

White Mistflower

White Mistflower is a solid choice in any Texas native plants Xeriscape.

Gulf Muhly

This is one of our favorite Ornamental grass to use in drought tolerant flowerbed designs.

Century Plant

We consider the Century Plant as the king of agaves in Austin.

Mexican Feather Grass

Mexican Feather Grass is a graceful short growing ornamental grass.

Silver Pony-foot

Silver Ponyfoot is a wonderful ground cover for drought tolerant landscaping.