Perennial Plants for South Texas Landscapes

Perennial plants may be defined as those which endure or persist from the same root part year to year. Once a prominent part of nearly every Texas landscape, perennials are often overlooked by today’s gardeners and nurserymen. Although many species still can be found in private gardens, their availability is often restricted to sharing among friends and neighbors.

Most perennials are easily propagated by division, seed or cuttings. Division is particularly successful since it not only provides new plants but is often necessary for the continued vigor of plants. Perennials can be highly useful and attractive in the home landscape. They often persist for many years and usually require less maintenance than annuals. They can provide long seasons of color and cut flowers while enhancing overall landscape development. If a perennial border is more than you care to attempt as your initial experience with perennials try adding a few to existing plantings. Many perennials have attractive foliage and are an asset even when not in flower. Division is an important cultural requirement of many perennials. Without an occasional thinning, most of these plants will slowly lose their vigor. Most perennials will tolerate relatively poor growing conditions but respond very favorably to well-prepared planting areas containing high percentages of organic materials and moderately high fertility rates.

Click on a link below to go to the perennial group you’re looking for:

Local Perennial Favorites


Although not widely known or available, there are a number of “bulb” plants which do well in South Texas. The more outstanding selections are:

Other Bulb or Bulb-like Plants

For more information on this topic:

  • The Bexar County Master Gardener Hotline
    Speak to one of our volunteer Master Gardeners on duty, 210-631-0400, or E-mail at
  • David Rodriguez – County Horticulture Agent-Bexar County, 210-631-0400 or E-mail at



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