Xeriscaping is fast becoming a popular way to make your Houston, Texas lawn look beautiful while conserving water (and saving money on your water bill) at the same time. Some people shy away from Xeriscaping because they think it will limit them to using a lot of cacti and rocks in their landscaping, but this is just not true. Houston, Texas especially has a lot of great plants you can use when Xeriscaping your lawn. The shrubs you can use are especially attractive and interesting to plant. If you are looking for some shrubs to use while Xeriscaping your Houston, Texas lawn, try a few of the plants recommended below.
Dwarf Japanese Cedar. This slow-growing, beautiful shrub was practically made for Xeriscaping your Houston, Texas lawn. Its needle-like leaves and compact size (four feet) are perfect for small landscapes or container gardens. This shrub can be planted in full sun to bright shade, so it is also a good choice for your Houston, Texas woodland or shade garden. It is not only drought tolerant but disease resistant as well.
Dwarf Weeping Bottle Brush. The lovely red flowers of this shrub will bring hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas Xeriscaping. Planted in full sun to partial shade, this shrub will grow to be about three feet tall. This is a good choice to use with flowers when Xeriscaping, as its blooms attract bees to pollinate your whole garden. This shrub is drought tolerant and can take temperatures as cold as 20 degrees (unlikely in Houston, Texas.)
Bush Clover. Looking for pink, white and purple flowers for your Houston, Texas Xeriscaping? Try this shrub, a hardy, drought tolerant plant that does best when planted in full sun. It will bloom in the summer and fall, and sometimes the spring, too. This shrub is a good choice for mixed borders (plant it near the back), and will grow to be between four and six feet tall.
Kerria. This fast growing shrub will make a fun accent in your Houston, Texas Xeriscaping. It has stems that grow in a zig-zag pattern, pretty tooth-edged leaves, and bright yellow flowers. Plant this fast growing shrub in partial sun and it will reach heights of about six feet. It is drought tolerant and disease resistant, too.
Spearleaf Swampmallow. If you enjoy hummingbirds and butterflies in your yard, be sure to use this pretty shrub when Xeriscaping your Houston, Texas lawn. The pink and maroon flowers bloom from early spring through late fall. Plant this shrub in full sun to partial shade, although it will bloom more often and more profusely in direct sunlight. This is a good shrub for small landscapes, as it only grows to be about four feet tall (or less.)
Nandina. This shrub will bring copper foliage and red berries to your Houston, Texas Xeriscaping. Drought tolerant and overall just hard to kill, this is a good shrub choice for any gardener. It will grow in sun or shade and tolerates the Houston, Texas winter just fine. This is a good shrub for Xeriscaping shade gardens.