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Native Austin Plants

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“Native plants belong here; they thrive with minimal care and provide habitat for local wildlife. We have chosen plants you should be able to find without too much trouble. Some non-natives are also recommended, for special situations, like shady areas, poorly drained soils or for their deer resistance.”

Austin, Texas Plant Guide

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As you may know, I’m on a spring gardening kick. From planning my spring garden to shopping for air plants, it’s safe to say that gardening is my new side hobby. This Native & Adaptive Landscape Plants book from the City of Austin is very helpful when it comes to choosing plants that are natural to my home and will thrive in the area.  No matter where you live, research is key to cultivating a beautiful garden and home.

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Some of the standout native favorites: Prickly Pear cactus, Red Yuccas, Gluph Muhly, Swamp Jasmine, Texas Wisteria, and Silver Ponyfoot. There’s also an extensive list of plants to avoid (also helpful).  An excellent local resource in Austin for gardening  is Central Texas Gardener.  Also, if you live ANYWHERE, you can use the native plant database from our very own Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – check them out!

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For those of you that don’t know about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we are so lucky to have it right in here in Austin.  Located Austin, the center is a thought leader in conservation, innovation, education and landscape projects.

“Decades ago, Mrs. Johnson recognized that our country was losing its natural landscapes and its natural beauty. As much as 30 percent of the world’s native flora is at risk of extinction. The Wildflower Center was intended to help preserve and restore that beauty and the biological richness of North America. Since then, the Center has become one of the country’s most credible research institutions and effective advocates for native plants.

The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Native Plant Information Network is a database of more than 7,200 native species available online.

The Land Restoration Program applies knowledge of ecological processes to restoring  damaged landscapes. The Center’s education programs for children and adults teach people about their natural surroundings and how to grow native plants in their own backyards.”

Learn more here.

 

photos: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

 

 


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