shutterstock_129305423To understand what types of plants and flowers will thrive in San Antonio, you have to understand San Antonio’s climate first. San Antonio is an area with mild springs and summers plagued with dry heat. An occasional drought is not uncommon for the San Antonio region, but in contrast, San Antonio can flood to the likes of Houston. The fall and winter seasons tend to stay mild, but the summer heat is something to experience. San Antonio has a montage of beautiful native flowers, yet some of the annuals and perennials in San Antonio are meant to wow. Here are some plants and flowers to showcase your garden with beauty.

Before listing specific species of plants that grow well, understand that the land in the city of San Antonio itself is very diverse, depending on the side of town you’re on. Those on the Northside of town may have rocky landrock while other areas are great blackland.


Ironically, herbs grow very well in San Antonio. Planting some lavender or some fragrant sage can spice up a garden easily. Some thyme or rosemary will not only give your beautiful San Antonio garden a pleasant aroma, but they can also be used in your own cooking or in swaps that occur regularly in the area.

Deer Resistant Plants

Another thing to look at when picking plants in San Antonio is finding deer resistant plants. Especially if you live in suburban San Antonio or far on the outskirts of Bexar County, doing this will save a wake up to an empty garden. Some plants to consider could include: 3

• Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata)
• Boxleaf Euonymus (Euonymus japonica ‘Microphylla’)
• Bush Germander (Teucrium fruiticans)
• Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)
• Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)
• Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus)
• Ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum)
• Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x Johnsonii)
• Angel Trumpet (Datura spp )
• Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) Green Santolina
• Bouncing Bet / Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
• Silver King Artemisia (Artemisia ludoviciana)
• Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii )
• Bearded Iris (Iris spp)

Perennial Plants Thrive in South Texas
Perennial plants, by definition, are plants that grow from the same root part from year to year. When you plant these types of plants, they regenerate from year to year. It is essential when planting perennials to pick plants that will compliment your garden aesthetically and plants that you will look forward to growing for years to come. Some perennial plants that will be successful in the South Texas Landscape are the following:

• Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
• Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)
• Mexican Petunia (Ruellia Brittoniana)
• Oxalia (Oxalis crassipes)
• Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
• Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea)
• ‘New Gold Lantana (Lantana camara)
• Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia)
• Hinckley’s Columbine (Aguilegia Hinkleyana)
• Oxblood Lily (Rhodophiala bifida)
• German Red Carnation (Dianthus carophyllus)

Shrubbery, Vines and Other Plants That Grow Well

San Antonio has a montage of shrubbery, vines, and trees that grow well in the South Texas soil. When planning a garden or a landscape, it’s important to choose a variety of different types of shrubbery, ground covers, and trees that will fit the area that you’re planting. The type of plants could vary from Algerian Ivy to Day Lilies and is all a matter of taste. Discussing the look that you are going for on your property and then picking the plants that will complement that look is essential to landscaping success.

When staging the plants for your home, it’s important to not only make the land beautiful but to also create a setting where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor. River City Deck and Patio can provide deck and patio needs that will accent your home and provide a space to enjoy the beautiful landscape that you create. We provide custom deck building services with top quality work that is all warrantied. Call us today for a consultation so that we can create a beautiful space for you.

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