Texas Urban Landscape Guide

The Texas Urban Landscape Guide is a resource of science-based information related to the design, installation, and maintenance of WaterWise landscapes for the principal plant adaptability regions in Texas.

The type of information needed to implement WaterWise landscape practices varies considerably depending upon whether you are a homeowner looking for information to assist in designing your home landscape, a green industry professional seeking information of a specific nature for a business application, or an employee of a municipal water management agency needing specific guidelines related to urban landscape water use.

EarthKind Roses

Earth Kind Roses have been through rigorous statewide testing and evaluation by a team of horticultural experts and found to possess the high level of landscape performance and outstanding disease and insect tolerance/resistance required to for this special designation.

Earth Kind Roses are among the most thoroughly tested, and environmentally responsible plants for the use in Texas landscapes. These roses do very well in almost any soil type, from the well-drained acid sands of East Texas to the poorly aerated, highly alkaline clays of central and Southwest Texas.

Texas Native Shrubs

This Web site contains a searchable database of information and photos of Texas native plants.

Texas Native Trees

This Web site contains a searchable database of information and photos of Texas native trees.

Texas Superstar Plants

Texas Superstar Plants are those varieties that have been subjected to statewide testing and been found to be meritorious. These plants are hardy, tolerating the hot dry summers characteristic of most parts of the state. They are disease and insect tolerant, providing beauty with minimal care and minimal reliance on chemical pest control.

Texas SmartScape

This SmartScape® web site is an interactive "how to" guide that walks you through the SmartScape® concept. SmartScape® utilizes xeriscape principles, but goes beyond the basics by providing design, care and plant search tools that are "Smart" for North Central Texas.

You will learn how to design and care for a SmartScape® garden. Best of all you'll have information on over 200 plants, shrubs, and trees that thrive in North Central Texas. Using this web site, you can search for plants and care for them in a manner that saves you time and money while at the same time protecting our environment, and ultimately conserving our water resources.

The Crape Myrtle

The purpose of this educational website is to provide information about the botany, biology, uses, culture and management of crape myrtles. A major feature of this site is the searchable database containing information and pictures on many of the Lagerstroemia cultivars and species of horticultural interest. While this database is an ongoing work in progress, an attempt has been made to provide information on most of the commercially available cultivars. It must be mentioned, however, that we do not have information about sources of plant material. For this you will have to consult with a nursery or garden center in your location.

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