It appears you’ve finally settled into your new home. The land is yours, your home is built and you couldn’t be happier. What could possibly be next? Well, now that you have the home of your dreams, why not have the yard to go with it?
Flowers in Bloom
Landscaping in South Texas can be difficult considering the warm, dry climate year-round. However, many flowers and other vegetation comfortably flourish in South Texas’s weather.
Perennials are always a favorite amongst locals. These are flowers whose life cycles last for many growing seasons. Instead of enjoying a flower’s beauty for only a year, you can enjoy perennials for much longer. The most popular perennials in South Texas include:
- Cigar Plant
- Mexican Petunia
- Blue Plumbago
Each is tolerant to drought, and hummingbirds prize the Firebush and Cigar Plant. If you plant these, you’re sure to have a few flighty visitors!
An Alternative to Palm Trees
If you desire more than flowers on your land due to its vastness, consider planting trees throughout your property. As you’ve probably noticed, South Texas has an abundance of palm trees, but that doesn’t mean you should have some.
Texas climate and soil types make certain trees more likely to succeed in the warm environment. Among these are three types of oaks, a green ash and the Texas olive tree, also known as the Mexican olive tree. Each tree offers something different to the landscape.
- The Shumard red oak, live oak and bur oak are all shade trees native to South Texas. The Shumard Red Oak can even grow in somewhat alkaline soil. Each of these oaks can reach a minimum height of 40 feet; shade coverage provided by these drought-loving trees can span as much as 40 feet (Shumard red oak) to 100 feet wide (live oak). This makes these oak trees perfect for large properties.
- Green Ash
- The South Texas green ash shade tree can be planted if you have clay, sandy or silty soil. It can reach up to 70 feet tall and has bright green leaves, which turn yellow and sometimes purple in the fall! This tree is considered the most adaptable of the ash trees.
- Texas (Mexican) Olive Tree
- If you have a smaller lot but still want trees to dot your property, a Texas olive tree may be your best choice. The Texas olive tree produces flowers with large blossoms almost year-round. Your tree will not grow more than approximately 15 feet, but the shade span is up to 10 feet, making it ideal for limited landscapes. Well-drained soil is a necessity with this tree and, unfortunately, it is becoming more rare to see a Texas Olive Tree in Texas, so this may be your chance to bring it back!
These are not the only trees that can flourish in the South Texas heat, but they are the most popular and offer abundant shade.
Here When You Need Us
Landscaping your property can be a big feat, so don’t take it on alone! There are numerous local landscaping companies that are more than happy to help you create that perfect lawn to go with your perfect home. Call us at 956.383.0868 if you have any questions about your land and what might work best for it.