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April 2024

Happy spring!

Now that the fear of frost is over in many regions, it's a great time to start planting your garden. The warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours create optimal conditions for seeds to germinate and plants to thrive. So, get your gardening gloves ready and enjoy the process of bringing your garden to life!

Gardening in the Texas Hill Country offers unique challenges and opportunities due to its hot, dry climate and rocky terrain. However, with careful planning and the right selection of plants, you can create a vibrant and thriving garden that showcases the beauty of this region. In this guide, we’ll explore what to plant and how to prepare your garden for success in the Texas Hill Country.

1. Understanding the Climate:

The Texas Hill Country is known for its hot, dry summers and mild winters. It’s essential to choose plants that are well-suited to this climate and can withstand periods of drought. Look for drought-tolerant varieties that require minimal watering once established.

2. Soil Preparation:

Many areas in the Texas Hill Country have rocky soil with low fertility. Before planting, it’s crucial to improve the soil quality by adding organic matter such as compost or aged manure. This will help improve soil structure, drainage, and fertility, providing a better environment for plant growth.

3. Selecting Plants:

When choosing plants for your garden, opt for native and drought-tolerant species that are well-adapted to the Texas Hill Country climate. Some excellent choices include:

• Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens): This drought-tolerant shrub produces beautiful purple, pink, or white flowers and thrives in the hot, dry conditions of the Hill Country. A perfect plant for bordering the garden, or growing in hot, sunny locations.

• Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima): This ornamental grass adds texture and movement to the garden with its delicate, feathery foliage. It’s drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, making it an excellent choice for Texas gardens.

• Lantana (Lantana camara): Lantana is a colorful perennial plant that attracts pollinators such as butterflies and bees. It’s drought-tolerant and blooms profusely throughout the summer months, adding a burst of color to the garden.

• Agave (Agave spp.): Agaves are succulent plants that are well-suited to the hot, dry conditions of the Texas Hill Country. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them versatile additions to the garden.

4. Watering Wisely:

In the Texas Hill Country, water conservation is essential. To conserve water and promote healthy plant growth, water deeply but infrequently, preferably in the early morning or late evening to minimize evaporation. Consider installing a drip irrigation system or using soaker hoses to deliver water directly to the roots of plants.

5. Mulching:

Mulching is another essential practice in the Texas Hill Country garden. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weeds, and insulates plant roots from extreme temperatures. Organic mulches such as shredded bark or compost are excellent choices for improving soil health and conserving water.

Come on by to South Texas Growers and we will help you get started with all your planting needs! Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturdays 9:00 to 2:00 pm. Closed April 8th, 2024.


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