Common Name Scientific Name Height Remarks
American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana 3'-4' Shade/part shade; deciduous; perennial shrub with brilliant purple berry clusters in fall; a Texas native.
Artemisia Artemisia spp. 1’ Sun; evergreen; aromatic, lacey-gray foliage; not favored by deer.
Autumn Sage Salvia greggii 2'-3' Sun/part shade; very tough salvia with tubular flowers that come in many colors; adaptable to many soil types; blooms best in spring and fall; a Texas native.
Bicolor Iris Dietes bicolor 4’ Sun/part shade; evergreen; graceful, narrow, green foliage; beautiful succession of yellow and brown blooms that last only a day.
Big Red Sage Salvia penstemonoides 3’-4’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; red blooms, glossy leaves; attracts hummingbirds; a Texas native.
Black Dalea Dalea frutescens 1’-3’ Sun; deciduous; small, purple blooms mid-summer through fall; good source of nectar.
Black-foot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum 1'-2' Sun/part shade; deciduous; low, mounding plant with narrow, green leaves and creamy-white flowers with orange centers; a Texas native.
Bouncing Bet Saponaria officinalis 3' Sun/partial shade; deciduous; dense clusters of aromatic flowers pink to white in late spring; a Texas native.
Bulbine Bulbine frutescens 2’ Sun/part shade; evergreen; aloe-like leaves; tall, orange and yellow bloom stalks spring through frost.
Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii 5’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; many bloom colors available; blooms late spring through fall; appealing to butterflies.
Butterfly Gaura Gaura lindheimeri 2'-3' Sun/part shade; deciduous; grows in a loose, bushy clump with fragrant, white and pink flower spikes; flowers resemble butterflies.
Butterfly Iris Dietes grandiflora 4’ Sun/part shade; evergreen; graceful, narrow, green foliage; beautiful succession of short-lived white, purple and yellow blossoms.
Butterfly Weed Asclepias spp. 3’-4’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; yellow and orange flowers spring through frost; attracts butterflies; foliage is good larval food for Monarch Butterflies.
Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior 3’ Shade only; evergreen; burns easily in sun; dark glossy green leaves.
Cedar Sage Salvia roemeriana 1-2' Shade/part shade; small perennial adapted to grow in the shade; red flowers appear in summer, but look their best in the fall.
Chile Pequin Capsicum annuum 2’-4’ Sun or shade; deciduous, reseeding perennial; white flowers produce small, edible, hot peppers; excellent food source for birds.
Chocolate Flower Berlandiera lyrata 1’-2’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; yellow daisy-like flowers that smell like chocolate; blooms spring through fall; attracts butterflies; a Texas native.
Cigar Plant Cuphea spp. 1'-4' Sun/part shade; deciduous; small shrub with brilliant orange, pink or red cigar-looking flowers; great for attracting hummingbirds; many available including Cuphea ignea, Cuphea micropetala and Bat Faced Cuphea.
Columbine, Blazing Stars Aquilegia x puryearana 2' Part shade/shade; semi evergreen and reseeding; attractive fern-like foliage; bursts of bright yellow-spurred flowers in spring; interior of flowers is a reddish color; Blazing Stars Columbine is a hybrid between two of our native Texas Columbines, Aquilegia canadensis from Central Texas, and Aquilegia chrysantha hinckleyana, from Big Bend.
Copper Canyon Daisy Tagetes lemmonii 3’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; orange-yellow flowers in spring and fall; soft, feathery appearance; foliage has a very strong scent.
Coralberry Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 2’-6’ Part shade; deciduous; magenta berries in late fall/winter; spreads by runners; a Texas native.
Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora 2'-3' Sun/part shade; also known as "Tickseed"; bright yellow flowers spring through fall; a crimson blotch appears on the flower in native Tickseed; compact varieties include ‘Baby Sun’ and ‘Sunray’; many annual varieties are also available; a Texas native.
Damianita Chrysactinia mexicana 1’-2’ Sun; evergreen; small but abundant, yellow blooms spring through fall; needs good drainage; a Texas native.
Daylily Hemerocallis sp. 1'-3' Sun/part shade; long strap-like leaves; flower shapes include funnel, spider, triangle and circle; many bloom colors; blooms in early summer and each flower only lasts a day.
Fall Aster Aster oblongifolius 2'-3' Sun/part shade; semi-evergreen; dramatic display of purple daisy-like blooms in fall; grey-green, low-growing, aromatic foliage that grows through summer.
Four Nerve Daisy Tetraneuris scaposa 10" Sun/part shade; evergreen; yellow, daisy-like blooms spring through frost; short, clumping foliage; very drought tolerant; a Texas native.
Garden Canna Canna x Generalis 1'-3' Sun, partial sun, red, orange, yellow, pink, white, salmon flowers.
Gayfeather Liatris sp. 2'-3' Sun/part shade; tall bottle brush-like clusters of purple or pinkish-purple flowers; makes an excellent cut flower; many, including Liatris mucronata, are native to Texas.
Giant Coneflower Rubeckia maxima 3'-9' Sun/part shade; deciduous perennial that has clumping, silvery, blue-green foliage with intense yellow petals that dangle from a tall brown center; good wildlife plant.
Gregg Dalea Dalea greggii 6’-12” Sun; evergreen; small purple blooms spring through fall; small, silvery leaves; a great groundcover in rocky areas with poor soil; a Texas native.
Gregg’s Mistflower Eupatorium greggii 1.5’-3’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; soft, fine-textured lavender flowers summer through fall; native to Texas; a butterfly magnet.
Hill Country Penstemon Penstemon triflorus 1’-3’ Sun; deciduous; white to purplish tubular blooms; attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies; a Texas native.
Hinckley's Columbine Aquilegia hinckleyana 18" Part shade/shade; semi evergreen and reseeding; attractive fern-like foliage; bursts of bright long yellow-spurred flowers in early spring; a Texas native.
Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum 2’-3’ Shade; evergreen; does best in shady, moist areas but is tolerant of dry conditions.
Indigo Spires Sage Salvia farinacea X longispicata. 2'-3' Large salvia with spikes of deep purple blooms that thrive during the hottest months of summer. Flowers are very popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Benefits from being trimmed back several times each summer to encourage new flush of blooms. Will freeze to ground in winter.
Iris Iris spp. 1.5-2' Fanned, strap-like leaves. Stalk flowers appear in very early spring. Color and height varies with variety. Leaves decline and have brown tips during hottest summer months.
Jerusalem Sage Phlomis fruticosa 2’-3’ Sun; evergreen; unusual, yellow summer blooms; fuzzy, green-gray foliage.
Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina 12-15' Sun/part sun; purple flowers spikes in summer; low-growing, fast spreading herb with silvery foliage usually densely covered with gray or silver-white, silky hair.
Lantana, Bi-color Lantana camara 3’-5’ Sun; deciduous; many flower colors in bi-color patterns; native to South Texas; loved by butterflies.
Lantana, Texas Lantana horrida 3’-5’ Sun; deciduous; orange flowers spring through summer; leaves have strong, pungent scent; loved by butterflies; a Texas native.
Lantana, Trailing Lantana montevidensis 1’ Sun/part shade; deciduous; blooms spring through frost; purple or white flower varieties available; nice, spreading groundcover; enjoyed by butterflies.
Louisiana Iris Iris spp. 1'-3' Sun/part shade; begins blooming in March or April; flower colors are many but include purple, yellow, red, white and lavender; may go dormant in summer heat; loves moist, poorly drained soils and blooms are very attractive to bees.