Gardening 101: Drought Resistant Plants

Native shrubs are always an option when seeking drought-resistant plants.

Video Transcript

- Welcome back. The great February freeze took its toll on area landscapes. We've seen it all throughout DFW. One particular variety of plant was almost wiped out. In this week's "Gardening 101," Jeff Ray continues to suggest plants that we can use to replace what was lost.

JEFF RAY: Often, the show plant in xeroscapes, the drought-resistant agave plant is great under the summer sun. Not so much in the harshest of winters. Many took so much damage from the Arctic blast, they didn't survive, or are too mangled to want to keep. You can replace agave with agave with better choices.

This is a good choice.

- Oh, this is an excellent choice. This is the agave neomexicana. This will take temperatures down to 20 degrees below zero.

JEFF RAY: Also called "New Mexico agave," this plant gets about two feet tall. You'll want to keep it back from sidewalks or high traffic areas. Like most agaves, it's a little sharp.

- Yes, you've got the black tip, and you have black teeth along the margins of the leaves. So very striking, beautiful design, beautiful form, and it's cold-hardy.

JEFF RAY: Whale's-tongue agave can take temperatures down to zero.

- We're just amazed that this did as well as it did in a pot above ground, and it survived beautifully. So this is the whale's-tongue. This is a good one for our area.

JEFF RAY: Many of these plants suffered winter damage. Some trimming can return their shape, but damaged leaves don't repair. Don't let the Arctic blast of '21 steer you away from a landscape staple here in North Texas. Just pick the right ones. A Gardening 101.

- Well, folks, if you have any questions about your garden, go to our website,, and click on the Weather page. There you'll find the "Gardening 101" links. Submit your questions and Jeff will try and get--