North Central Texas Smartscape
Texas SmartScape™ utilizes xeriscape principles, but goes beyond the basics by providing design, care, and plant search tools that are "Smart" for North Central Texas. Learn more...
This Program Will Show You How To
Conserve water and save $Money$ on your water bills; beautify your home and local environment; attract native butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife; and prevent / help reduce storm water pollution!
Texas SmartScape Plant Sale!
Texas SmartScape has teamed up with The Home Depot, Weston Gardens, and our member cities in the DFW Area to bring you savings on Native Texas Plants!
Give Water the Boot, Plant Texas Roots!
March is Texas SmartScape Month!
North Texas Residents, keep an eye out for this year’s “Give Water the Boot, Plant Texas Roots!” SmartScape flyer in your water bill.
This march marks the 13th annual “March is Texas SmartScape Month.” SmartScape Month is a regionally coordinated effort to promote the water conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, composting, and waste reduction principles of Texas SmartScape. SmartScape approved plants are native and adapted to the Texas climate and need less water and fertilizer to thrive in the intense heat of Texas summers. In addition, the Texas SmartScape program encourages proper design, care, and maintenance techniques to better protect the environment. Since March is an active month for landscaping, this is an excellent time to give water the boot and make your yard a SmartScape yard by planting native and adapted plants.
SmartScape for the Winter
Happy New Year! 2014 is looking bright and we have some big things planned for SmartScape this year. So check back often for updates of events occurring around North Central Texas this spring.
Winter is here, and with that comes freezing temperatures. While here in North Texas we may only get freezing temperatures a few times throughout the season, it is important to make sure your plants and pipes are protected. Get faucet protectors to keep your outside faucets from freezing and breaking. Remember to winterize your irrigation system by removing the water from the system (there is usually a relief value that will allow you to do this) and turning the system off until spring. If you practiced deep, infrequent watering throughout the summer, then the rainfall through the winter should be plenty to keep your plants alive.
If it is going to be a hard freeze, water perennials, shrubs, and trees deeply just before. This watering will help protect the roots, which may be exposed to cold air pockets in the soil and will help prevent plant tissue dehydration from the cold, dry winds.
One of the great things about using perennials that are listed on this site is that they harden off each winter and come back year after year, saving you time and money each spring. For example, Lantana will drop all of its foliage around the first cold snap in the fall and will harden off when it freezes. You can cut the plant back to just above the ground to keep your flower beds looking clean through the winter, and then in the spring all new growth will come through. This also helps protect the plant from hard freezes. No running out in the cold to put a blanket over your plants each night it drops below freezing. If you design your flower beds using the principles and plants outlined here, you can have a great looking garden year round with very little work.
New Way to Browse the Database!
By popular request, we have created an index of all the plants in our plant database. You can now browse and sort by common name, botanical name, and plant type. For the more advanced users this will be helpful for you to compare the botanical name with the common name of the plants we promote. If you are trying to look up a specific plant, this view may also be helpful to you.
Of course if you would like, you can still browse the SmartScape plant database by using our search function.
Please remember that this is not an exhaustive list of plants that grow in Texas, but is a list of heat and drought tolerant plants that will thrive in our climate. The ultimate goal is to conserve local water supplies and improve storm water runoff quality by reducing the amount of water needed to maintain landscapes while decreasing the amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicides used in landscaping practices - all the while creating beautiful landscapes that will make your neighbors jealous.
Use this search tool to identify which plants will work for you.
- FREE SmartScape Training Classes: View all events.
- WANTED- SmartScape plant photos. Our plant database can now support multiple images of each plant, submit plant photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- List of SmartScape-friendly companies.
- Nurseries/landscape companies: Partnership opportunities. [pdf]
- We want to know if you've attempted to use SmartScape ideas and techniques in your yard! Share your SmartScape.
- Interested in helping us expand Texas SmartScape to other regions in Texas? Contact us at email@example.com for more information.