Welcome to summer. Here in North Texas we are already baking under the reign of sun and humidity. All that’s left to do is grab a glass of lemonade and find a pool with some shade to wait it out.
If you’re like us and find it hard to keep yourself from shriveling up, much less outdoor plants, you’ve come to the right place.
Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean your yard has to be barren. There are native plants that thrive in droughts and heat. It’s just a matter of knowing what they are.
Red Tipped Yucca
This plant is originally from the desert areas of northern Mexico, so it’s used to heat and even drought-like conditions. You can plant yuccas in full sun. During its first growing season you will want to make sure to water it regularly. Once its roots are established it only needs a good soaking every two weeks or so. These beauties also attract hummingbirds (you knew we were going to throw in a reference now, didn’t you?).
Since we’re from Texas, you knew we’d get some sort of Texas themed plant in here somehow. This is a hardy bush that has soft leaves and beautiful blooms in the summer and fall. It needs full sun in order to reach its full potential in height and health. You don’t want to water this plant in the winter because it stores its own for the warm season.
This is my favorite part of summer in the south. We love our crepe myrtles down here. Once their roots are established they are drought resistant. They love full sun. The hotter it gets the more beautiful and vibrant their blooms become. They come in many colors; red, dark and light purple, dark and light pink, and white. You can keep them small (like bushes) or let them grow tall (like trees).
This plant loves full sun, also. It’s drought tolerant, meaning it likes to have about an inch per week. There are many varieties and colors to choose from in this lovely plant, as well. It can tend to take over, so you’ll have to decide how big you like it.
As you fill your glass with lemonade and find some shade, I hope you also notice the natural beauty of the native plants all around you.
Lindsey is wife to Caleb and Mama to their two daughters. She has worked in administration and marketing alongside Caleb in other businesses and is excited to be a part of the Sweet Feeders team. When she’s not being a wife and mom she can be found with a cup of coffee writing on her laptop, reading a good book, or working out at the gym.