Gardening 101: Adaptive Plants

Adapted plants are not native and not invasive but are able to thrive in the local climate and soil conditions

Video Transcript

- Record cold February wiped out parts of the North Texas landscape. In last week's Gardening 101, Jeff Ray showed us some native replacements. This week, some adapted plants to consider.

JEFF RAY: Rosemary is a drought-tough plant, but not cold-tough.

DANIEL CUNNINGHAM: You know, we saw temperatures negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the Metroplex, and it just doesn't look like these plants are going to be able to recover.

JEFF RAY: Plants that are adapted to our area are good choices to replace what was lost to the cold.

DANIEL CUNNINGHAM: One of them that I really like that is blooming this time of year is the Bridle Wreath Spirea. It does great with morning sunlight. It does need some protection from the West sun.

JEFF RAY: This spring flower is great color for your yard and for pollinators. Another replacement plant that provides color.

DANIEL CUNNINGHAM: This plant is adapted to full sun spots, maybe spots that don't get as much irrigation. Beautiful blooms, really nice contrasting gray/green foliage.

JEFF RAY: This is evergreen across normal Texas winters. this shrub gets about three feet high. Another good replacement idea in that size.

DANIEL CUNNINGHAM: This is a dwarf Abelia. So at maturity, this one will stay about three foot by three foot. But here before too long, it will produce beautiful white blooms.

JEFF RAY: Three good replacement ideas, all well-adapted for both the cold and the heat North Texas can deliver. Jeff Ray, Gardening 101.

- And if you have a question about your garden, you can go to our website, cbsdfw.com. Click on the weather page, and there you will find the Gardening 101 link. You can submit your question and Jeff Ray will try to find you an answer.