Where can I find Texas native plants?
Native plants are pretty easy to find, if you know where to look. I listed some of my favorite locations below. I have also been known to collect seeds from fields and roadsides.
Native Plant Society of Texas Plant Sales
By far, the best way to obtain native plants is through plant sales organized by various chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas. You can often find plants that are not available in nurseries and the NPSOT volunteers are more than happy to share their knowledge. Most sales occur in the spring. The sales are usually in April and often on the same weekend in the DFW area. Sales across the state are listed on the Events page of the Native Plant Society of Texas website.Dallas - Fort Worth Area Nurseries with Texas Native Plants
The following nurseries stock Texas native plants in varying numbers. They are all worth a visit if you are nearby. There may be others that I am not aware of. Click the name to link to their websites.
North Haven Gardens - Dallas
Redenta's Garden - Dallas and Arlington
Rohde's Nursery and Nature Store - Garland
Shades of Green Inc. - Frisco
Weston Gardens In Bloom, Inc. - Fort Worth
Texas Native Seeds
Native American Seed - Junction, Texas
Where can I find information about Texas native plants?
Before you spend money on native plants, it is a good idea to do some research. Don't skip this step. I try to research before I purchase new plants, but sometimes I buy on impulse and research afterwards.
Native Plant Society of Texas
Once again, the Native Plant Society of Texas is a wealth of information. Join or visit a chapter near you, check out the main website, and review the chapter websites for useful information.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
If you do an internet search about a native plant, one of the first sites returned will be wildflower.org. The wildflower center has information about almost any native plant you can think of in their vast Native Plant Database. There is a lot of other information on the site too.
Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region by Sally Wasowski and Andy Wasowski.
In the days before the internet, this was the best resource for finding information about native plants. This book introduced me to many native plants I did not know about and helped me identify the plants I remembered seeing in fields as a child. The authors wrote the book when they lived in Dallas and much of the information in the book is based on their experiences growing natives here. The book also has plans and suggested plants for garden design in every region of the state. This book should be on every bookshelf. The authors have several other books that are worth reading.
How do I remove my lawn?
Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard by Pam Penick
This book by Austin blogger, Pam Penick, includes information about different methods for removing your lawn, designing your new landscape, and selecting plants. It is full of photos that will spark ideas. You might even see a couple of photos from my garden in the book. Check out Pam's blog, Digging, too.