If you’ve ever tried to plant anything in Texas, you know the unique challenges the Dallas climate poses. With seemingly endless heat and droughts, particular care needs to be taken in choosing plants and flowers for your landscaping plans. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by clients and friends alike is, what can I plant that is actually going to survive the summer? Well, whether you’re based in Highland Park, Plano, or another area of North Texas, these plants will thrive in your garden.


blushing_koMy personal go-to for the Texas heat are knockout roses. They flourish in heat, are drought resistant, and easy to grow. Knockout roses will also add beautiful color and vibrancy to your yard as they bloom all summer long! There’s more … they’re winter hardy, so you can enjoy them year after year. For more information on the different varieties, or inspiration on how to incorporate them into your landscape design, click here.

Want more options? Jim Turner of the Dallas Arboretum, conducts annual plant trials in order to recommend the best options for residents in North Texas. According to the Dallas Plant Trials website, “the main  focus of the plant testing program is to grow and evaluate many different plants in the drastic climate  of the Metroplex and North Central Texas, and develop new plant selections.” Each year, they release a list of the best heat tolerant plants. Check out this 2012 report for an abundance of ideas for your garden!

Are you also facing challenges with your lawn due to the Texas climate? Does your grass have multiple dead spots from the heat? Are you constantly having to drag out the sprinkler? Consider having Texas Elite Landscaping install synthetic grass and enjoy the benefits of a low maintenance lawn.