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.

- So much.

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

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

- 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 wreaths by [? iria. ?] It does great with morning sunlight. It does need some protection from the West sun.

- The spring flower is great color for your yard and for pollinators. Another replacement plant that provides color.

- This plant is adapted to full sunspots, maybe spots that don't get as much irrigation. Beautiful blooms, really nice, contrasting, gray green foliage.

- This is evergreen. Across normal Texas winters, this shrub gets about three feet high. Another good replacement idea in that size.

- 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.

- 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 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.