Falling for Color San Antonio-Style

New homeowners relocating to San Antonio will have a new landscaping experience. They will be falling for color San Antonio style.

Some of the important things to note about your new hometown: Humidity and hot temperatures are facts of life, but it does cool down eventually. Still, San Antonio does present unique opportunities for gardening, so it helps to know what to plant for a beautiful landscape that doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain.

  • For new residents from the Northeast who crave good fall color, there’s Bigtooth maplecrape myrtle and sumac, as well as pansies, petunias and geraniums.
  • If you’re a transplant from the southwest U.S. or northern Mexico, you can grow most of the plants you’re familiar with, and very likely with less irrigation.
  • And for our new residents from interior Mexico, your native plants like bougainvillea and poinsettia will fare well here albeit with special care.

Check out our new website for ideas on water conservation, recommended plants and a review of drought regulations. SAWS also offers free conservation consultations and landscape assistance, which can help you seamlessly adjust to your new climate. You will be falling for color San Antonio style in no time at all!

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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