Many commonly used landscape plants in the Central Texas area offer a wide variety of different cultivars that provide different floral colors, plant shapes and sizes, or other features that tend to add much variety to commonly used plants. Use of different plant cultivars provides the opportunity to grow plants that are extremely well adapted to our area while providing visual differences that prevent these plants from appearing to be overused. We are providing some lists describing these cultivars and their features so you can look for the plant that will meet your specific needs by name at your local nurseries. To begin, we are including “EarthKind” Roses and Lagestroemia indica (Crepe Myrtles), two very popular and commonly grown plants in central Texas. We hope to add more lists like this in the future for other commonly grown and adaptive plants for our region.
EARTH KIND ROSES FOR CENTRAL TEXAS
Based on research by Texas A&M, a select group of roses have been identified as “EarthKind” meaning they showed outstanding disease (black spot and mildew) and insect resistance, defy the heat and draught conditions we often encounter, tolerant of most soils, and require minimal care. This certification process of on average 8 years of research and field trial data makes Earth-Kind roses the most thoroughly tested, research proven, and environmentally responsible landscape roses recommended for use in Texas landscapes.
Lagerstroemia (Crepe Myrtle Cultivar List)
Mildew Resistance Indicated in parentheses: (H) = high, (G) = good, (M)= moderate ,
This list provided above is only a small portion of the number of named cultivars of Crepe Myrtle that are availab le. Many other cultivers may be well suited to your landscape needs so we encourage you to explore these many additional options. In our opinion, Crepe Myrtle are the most outstanding overall plant for the central Texas area due to their adaptability to our very variable climatic conditions, outstanding flowering throughout the summer, fall foliage color to enjoy, plus exfoliating bark that shows well in winter. Mildew resistance is the only improvement needed, so select mildew resistant varieties.
Two excellent reference sites for Crepe Myrtle varieties are the horticultural sites of Clemson University and Texas A&M