Texas’ native and adaptive plants are a beautiful representation of the diverse plant life found in our state.
While being beautiful year-round and producing attractive landscapes, native and adaptive plants are recognized for their low maintenance and ability to significantly improve water efficiency!
Our #PledgeToPlantSmart initiative seeks to inspire positive change in water conservation by encouraging North Texas residents to do their part and plant smart by selecting native and adaptive plants for their garden and landscaping.
Water is a limited and precious resource.
NTMWD recognizes the need for efficient use of existing water supplies. We encourage the community to select drought-tolerant or native plants for their garden or landscaping in order to reduce water waste. In doing so, you will help improve efficiency and conservation of local water supplies!
Together, we invite you to join us and plant climate-appropriate and water efficient natives to meet the growing water demand of tomorrow.
2021 #PledgeToPlantSmart Photo Contest
Spring is planting season! This is the perfect time to save as much water as possible. That’s why we celebrated the beauty of Texas’ native and adaptive plants and hosted a #PledgeToPlantSmart photo contest!
Share a photo of your favorite native or adapted Texas plant or landscape between March 1 – March 22, 2021 and enter to win a $500 gift card to Home Depot! We’ll also be awarding $100 and $50 to the second and third place winners. All winners will also enjoy a Water Smarter Tool Kit!
Submissions are now closed, and contest is compete.
Thank you to those who participated!
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Some of our favorite drought and heat tolerant plants to consider include: Texas Star Hibiscus, Coral Honeysuckle, Gregg’s Mistflower, Texas Mountain Laurel, Dallas Red Lantana, Rock Rose, and Lamb’s Ear.
Search the Texas Native Plant Database to help you identify some of our beautiful native plant life!
Water Saving Tips and Alerts
Did you know 50% of landscape water is wasted due to overwatering? Saving water is just a click away with the free WaterMyYard app. The app provides a solution to water waste and keeps your yard healthy by providing up-to-date watering recommendations!
WaterMyYard’s innovative features provide users the power to measure onsite rainfall and determine an adequate amount of supplemental water needed for a healthy lawn.
The app will provide details about water conservation, water usage, and determine how you can help save water for the needs of the future. By staying informed, you’ll be able to understand how much water your landscape actually needs based on weather conditions!
Together We Can Save Water!
Together, we aim to promote water conservation with Texas legends and leaders. We encourage you to pay attention to your water use and redesign your landscaping with Texas’ native plants and beauty. Do your part and join the campaign to #PledgeToPlantSmart.
Luci Baines Johnson says planting native flowers was her mother, Lady Bird Johnson’s, greatest joy. “She wanted California to look like California, Vermont like Vermont, and Texas to look like Texas,” she says. Lady Bird’s daughter encourages Texans to conserve water and create beauty by planting native. Learn more about water conservation at www.wateriq.org.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush says the water efficient Barbara Bush Tea Rose is one of his personal favorites because “just like my grandmother, it stands strong in this unpredictable Texas climate.” Learn about your water at www.wateriq.org.
Texas legend Nolan Ryan is pitching the pros of water conservation. The National Baseball Hall of Famer says, “Planting Texas native or adapted plants will make you a hit for generations because they’re water efficient.” He says the drought tolerant Texas Red Yucca is a personal favorite. Join Nolan Ryan. Pledge to Plant Smart. Get more water saving tips at www.WaterMyYard.org.