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Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

Evergreen Plants for the Austin Landscape

While in the middle of a Central Texas “winter”, you’ll quickly notice a pattern of freezing/thawing/hot/repeat. If you think it’s confusing for you, imagine how your plants feel. Evergreen plants for Austin are more interesting than you may think. 

It’s especially frustrating when plants are in full bloom, then we get a hard freeze and you notice that half of your landscape looks dead and it’s 78° again. This is a good time to reevaluate your landscape and add a balance of evergreen and deciduous for all year impact. 

The good news is that there is a plethora of beautiful evergreen plants for hardiness zone 8 a/b and they’re low water and low maintenance.

Evergreen shrubs

Cotoneaster, 4 x 4+,sun to part shade

Texas Sage, 4 x 6’, sun to part shade

Dwarf Pittosporum, 3 x 3’,sun to shade

Upright and Trailing Rosemary, 3 x 4’ / 2.5 x 2.5, sun

Dwarf Japanese Boxwood 3 x 3.5’, sun to part shade

Dwarf Burford Holly 8 x 8’, sun to part shade

Blooming Perennial Plants

Dwarf Ruellia, 1 x 1’, sun to shade

Blackfoot Daisy 2 x 2’, sun

PInk Skullcap, 1.5 x 2.5, sun

Loropetalum ranging from 2 x 2’ – 6 x 8’, sun to part sun

Texas Betony 2 x 2.5’, sun to part sun

Pink Yarrow, 2 x 2’ , sun to part sun

Purple bearded iris, 2 x 2’, sun to part shade

Four Nerve Daisy, 1 x 1’ , sun

Pink Creeping Phlox, 6” x 1’, sun

Salvia Greggi, 3 x 3’, sun

Gopher Plant

Gopher Plant 2 x 2’, sun

Trailing Lantana

Trailing Lantana, 8”x 2’, sun to shade

Interesting Textures

Texas Sotol

Texas or Grey Sotol, 4 x 4’, sun

Japanese Aurelia

Japanese Aurelia, 5 x 5’, shade

Yucca Rostrata

Yucca Rostrata, 4 x 6’+ , sun

Leatherleaf Mahonia

Leatherleaf Mahonia, 3 x 4’, shade

Paddle Cactus

Paddle Cactus, 5 x 5’ , sun to part shade

Foxtail Fern

Foxtail Fern, 2 x 2’, sun to shade

Soft Caress Mahonia

Shades of Green/Grey

Mix it up with a variation of silver/grey to blue, and texture can help break up the space or define the layout.

Globe Mallow

Agave and Paddle Cactus 3 x 3’ – 5 x 5’ ,sun to part shade 

Powis Castle Artimesia

Powis Castle Artimesia 2 x 2.5’ , sun to part shade

Jerusalem Sage

Jerusalem Sage 3 x 3’ , sun to shade

Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller, 2 x 2.5 ,sun to part sun

Russian Sage
Russian Sage, 3 x 3’ , sun to part shade

Twistleaf Yucca

Twistleaf Yucca 2 x 2’+ , sun to shade

Vines and Roses

Evergreen Wisteria

Evergreen Wisteria 20+‘, sun to part shade

Cross Vine

Crossvine ,15×15’, sun to part shade

Peggy Martin Rose

Peggy Martin Rose, 20 x 20’, sun

Drift Rose

Peach drift rose and the Drift Rose series, 3 x 3’, sun 

Flowering Trees

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel Tree, up to 30’, sun to shade

Little Gem Magnolia

Little Gem Magnolia Tree, 10 x 20+’, sun to part shade

I Can Help!

If you’d like help with your evergreen plant & tree selections, contact me @ for an online or in person Educational ConsultationEducational Consultation or complete Landscape Design.Landscape Design. 

I can assist you with xeriscape, deer resistant plant choices that are native and adapted, low water and low maintenance. There are also many great selections right here on my blog!

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape & Design 

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”

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