Give Your Yard Some Texas Backbone, Y’all!

Juan Soulas

Take a look around your landscape. Is it looking limp? Lacking structure? Give it some backbone — of Texas-style evergreens, that is.

Believe it or not, having an attractive, low-maintenance, water-efficient landscape year-round is possible. The key: a backbone – of Texas-style evergreens, that is. And you know what? …that includes structural natives like red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), century agave (Agave americana), and spineless prickly pear (Opuntia Ellisiana).

These garden workhorses are able to withstand extreme weather conditions and, in most cases, sail through these extremes where other plants may struggle or go dormant. San Antonio experiences weather extremes – from a dry, scorching summer to a frigid winter, which often takes its toll on local landscapes. But the landscapes that fare the best, by far, are those with a good backbone that’s heavy on the native plants.

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Now is the time to contemplate and plan on establishing your garden’s grit. Look around your yard…where could you use evergreen structure and bones to carry your garden through every season? Backbone plants make for an attractive landscape and provide depth and texture year-round, setting up other plants to look their best when it is their season to shine.

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