Organic Gardening


The following information is provided by North Texas Master Naturalist Sean and Chrissy Cortez-Mathis.

 Biodiversity in the Landscape
20 Great Native Plants for Biodiversity
Frogfruit - Semi-evergreen - spreading ground cover. Tolerates foot traffic. Small white flowers. Sun. *
Horseherb - Perennial - spreading ground cover. It can be mown or leave it to grow to 8”. Yellow flowers. It dies back with a freeze but comes back faithfully. Tolerates foot traffic. Sun to shade.
Texas Columbine - Evergreen - 2x2’ - Feathery foliage & unusual yellow flowers in the spring. Shade. Pipevine - Perennial - vine - Host for the Pipevine Swallowtail. Early sun & afternoon shade. *
Mealy Blue Sage - Perennial - 1x3’- Blue flowers to frost.Hummingbird & butterfly favorite.Sun-part sun.* Zexmenia - Perennial - 2x3’- Yellow flowers from May to Nov. Part shade to sun. *
Salvia Greggii - Semi-evergreen shrub - 3x3’ - Many colors. Pollinator attractor. Sun-part shade. Gregg’s Mist - Perennial - 2’ - Spreads. Purple flowers all summer. Butterfly attractor. Sun-part sun. * Passion Vine - Semi-evergreen - Spreads. Unusual flowers. Sun to part shade. *
Rock Rose - Semi-evergreen shrub - 2.5 x 3’ - Pink flowers May–Nov. Part shade to sun. Thornless Prickly Pear - Evergreen - 5x6’ - Yellow flowers in spring - Sun to part shade. *
Turk's cap - Perennial - 6' - Hummingbird favorite. More sun, more height. Sun to shade.
Datura - Perennial - 3x3’ - Large white flowers & blooms at night. Sun to shade. *
Frostweed - Perennial - 3x7’ - White blooms Oct-Nov. Pollinator favorite. Monarchs love it.Sun to shade.*
Red Yucca - Evergreen - 3x3’ - Coral tubular flowers spring through summer. Sun to part shade.
Texas Sage - Evergreen - 5x8’ - Silver leaves with pink flowers after rain. Sun to part sun. *
Flame Acanthus - Perennial - 3x3’ - Woody shrub with red tubular flowers. Sun to part shade.
Feathergrass - Evergreen - 18” - No shearing, just comb & make seed balls. Sun to part shade.
Inland Sea Oats - Perennial - 2’ Long leaves with fun seed pod. Reseeds freely. Shade–part shade. *
Little Blue Stem - Perennial - 3x3’ - Grass for mass plantings. Nesting material & seeds for birds. Sun.
* Host plant for butterflies & moths 
North Texas Master Naturalists www.
Native Plant Society of Texas
Greater Dallas Organic Garden Club
Home Grown National Park
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
National Wildlife Federation
Texas Smartscape
The Biota of North America Program, 
Nature’s Best Hope, Doug Tallamy
Landscaping with Native Plants, Sally Wasowski & Julie Ryan
Texas Gardening the Natural Way, Howard Garrett
Native Texas Gardens – Maximum Beauty, Minimum Upkeep, Sally & Andy Wasowski Texas Wildflowers, Campbell & Lynn Loughmiller
How to Grow Native Plants, Jill Nokes


North American Vascular Flora

Chrissy and Sean invite you to come explore their transformed front yard at:
Wildlife Habitat sign
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