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Zone 78602 | jogrady added on March 22, 2017 | Answered

I have a rocky, sunny backyard about 40 miles east of Austin, TX. What type of plants would be best and will use little water? Thank you.

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Liz Baessler
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Answered on March 23, 2017

There are plenty of plants that like sunny, rocky soil and need little water.

Xerophytes in particular are perfectly adapted for your conditions. Here's an article all about them:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/xerophyte-desert-plants.htm

Here's a broader article about good drought-tolerant plants:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/xeriscape/drought-tolerant-plants-for-nearly-any-landscape.htm

The best and easiest way to ensure your plants do well in your climate is to choose native species. Here's a great (if kind of dense) resource for plants native to your area:
http://water.tamu.edu/files/2014/01/central-texas-landscaping-plants-guide.pdf

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