Bring your custom home's yard to life this spring

Bring Your Yard to Life This Spring

If your yard is anything like mine, it needs a little help recovering from our wet winter.

Fixing up your lawn and planting a garden is a great way to get the family out together in the sunshine — armed with just a little bit of information, you can do some amazing landscaping that brings color and life to your yard.

Go native

Texas has hundreds of native trees, shrubs, and flowers that are both beautiful and hearty.

  • Agarita
  • Bluebonnets
  • Cenizo (purple sage)
  • Columbine
  • Juniper
  • Mountain Laurel

Planting and caring for any of these species guarantees a garden that is fragrant, colorful, and low-maintenance.

Hill Country native plants mountain laurel

Attract butterflies

Want a garden filled with butterflies? Try planting any of these great options:

  • Asters
  • Blackfoot Daisy
  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Pink Mimosa
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Woolly Butterfly bush

All of these plants are native, colorful, and will attract multiple species of butterfly throughout the year.

Attract butterflies with pink mimosa plant

Discourage deer

I’ve known many people who plant a garden one spring, only to have it devoured by the local deer population. It’s frustrating to see your hard work nibbled down to the nubs; fortunately there are lots of plants that are “deer resistant.”

  • Agarita
  • Frostweed
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Various types of sages

Not all of these plants are native to Texas, but they’re hearty, lovely, and unlikely to be on a deer’s menu.

Deer resistent plants: rosemary

Where to plant

Anywhere you want! This article on colorful front yard garden plans from Better Homes and Gardens has great specific ideas, but in general you want to plant your garden where it will be enjoyed by all who see it.

The sun is shining, and the soil is waiting — put on some gardening gloves and let’s go!

[Photos by sybaywalk, Wendy Cutler, Tony Alter]