The Dallas City Council recently voted to permanently extend the watering restrictions. Under the new ordinance, Dallas business and residential property owners are prohibited from using sprinklers systems more than twice per week. However, there is no restriction on other watering methods, such as drip lines, soaker hoses and hand watering.
What does this mean for the flower beds on your property? You must make water-wise choices when selecting flowers and other plants for your property. One of the best ways to add color to your property is by planting perennials. Many of these native plants are drought tolerant and can withstand the heat of a Texas summer without requiring frequent watering.
10 of the Best Perennials for North Texas
With their colorful flowers, bearded iris are an eye-catching addition to any property. They are available in a wide variety of colors, including pink, blue, red, yellow, and purple. Bearded iris will bloom in early summer, with some varieties blooming again later in the summer and into the fall.
The daisy-like flower has a bright yellow raised center. Flower colors include the popular purple, as well as pink, and white. Coneflowers are drought-tolerant and will bloom from mid-summer to fall. They provide a lovely pop of color when used in borders or wildflower meadows.
Known for its distinctive bell-shaped flowers, Columbine comes in a variety of colors from light pastels to bright yellow, red, orange and purple selections. Columbine will bloom from mid-spring to early summer and are a wonderful addition to woodland-style gardens.
This bright yellow flower is great for areas with full sun. Because coreopsis tolerates dry soil, it is an ideal choice for areas that have poor and rocky soils. This drought tolerant plant is easy to care for and low maintenance. Coreopsis works well when used in borders and beds with other relatives from the sunflower family.
A native to Texas and Central America, Mexican Mint Marigold will bloom from late summer to early winter providing you with a bright burst of color for fall. With its small golden-yellow marigold-like flowers, this plant is drought and heat tolerant.
Mexican Petunia is a quick-growing ground cover, with bright purple tubular flowers. It will be in full bloom even in the hottest part of the Texas summer. This hardy flower is very adaptable and will tolerate wet and dry soils and prefers full sun.
Also known as the Confederate Rose or shrub hibiscus, this vibrant plant produces large colorful flowers. The shrubby or treelike Texas Star is available in a range of colors from crimson, white, pink or rose. It grows in full sun or partial shade.
This fragrant evergreen plant grows well even in poor, dry, rocky soil and flourishes in the heat. Rosemary produces small lavender-blue flowers in spring and summer. Small plants will establish very quickly in well-drained soil. Rosemary also works well in containers and makes an interesting focal point when trimmed into topiary shapes.
A member of the mint family, Russian Sage has tall spires of small, purple-blue flowers and gray-green foliage on grayish-white stems. This plant will add a haze of color to your property from midsummer into fall. With semi-woody stems, Russian Sage is drought tolerant and low maintenance.
One of the Texas Superstars and Master Gardener Favorites, Verbena thrives in full sun with low to average water requirements and flowers from spring to fall. Verbena is a low-growing trailing plant, which makes it perfect for ground cover and as a border.
Perennials are available in a myriad of colorful varieties that will beautify your property. Visit Texas Smartscape to search for plants that will suit the specific needs of your property.