Governor Perry signed a bill into law on June 16 that declared the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The time of year for this annual week-long focus on native plants is appropriate, as fall is the best time to start a native plant garden.
Not only are many native plants attractive and important from an aesthetic perspective, they also offer many environmental, and economic benefits. Native plants are drought-tolerant and therefore need less watering than many non-native species. They are naturally adapted to local soil conditions. They are also important for wildlife habitat providing food and shelter for native animals and insects.
Texas Native Plant Week is intended to raise awareness about the many important benefits of using and preserving native vegetation, and to encourage people to start gardens or landscaping using these plants. For more information regarding how to utilize native plants, please call 972.874.6346.