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10 Heat-Hardy Evergreens For North Texas

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Resilient Beauty: Heat-Hardy Evergreens
North Texas is known for its scorching summers and unpredictable weather patterns. Garden enthusiasts face the challenge of selecting plants that can withstand the intense heat. Explore some of our top picks for heat-hardy evergreens suitable for North Texas. We've listed options that will bring year-round beauty to your garden.
Privet 'Sunshine'
Bright chartreuse foliage that turns slightly orange in winter. Grows with a compact habit, making it easy to shear. Sterile, non-invasive variety will not reseed.
Mock Orange 'Wheeler's Dwarf'
Dwarf shrub with dark green, glossy foliage. White flowers with orange-blossom scent bloom in early spring. Use near swimming pools.
Clusters of fragrant blooms adorn the shrub from spring to fall. Long, deep green leaves provide excellent screening.
Sweet Flag 'Ogon'
Semi-evergreen monocot forms deep green foliage with fine, yellow streaks. Clumps of grass-like foliage have a sweet fragrance when crushed.  
Juniper 'Green Mound'
Dense, light-green foliage and a low, spreading habit. Plant as a ground cover or in rock gardens. 
Indian Hawthorn 'Pink Dancer'
Bronzy new growth and showy, pink flowers in spring. Small, dark berries attract birds. Use in containers, borders, or hedges.
Holly 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Shrub or small tree with a dense, conical habit and dark green, leathery foliage. Decorative red berries adorn the shrub in fall. While self-fruitful, cross-pollination will increase berry count. 
Cordyline 'Red Star'
Grass-like perennial with narrow, burgundy-red leaves. White flowers emerge in spring. Use as a container, border, or accent plant. 
Golden Euonymus
Upright growth habit with variegated creamy gold and green foliage. Adapts well to shearing. Use as hedge, accent, or foundation plant.
Bottlebrush 'Little John'
Dwarf shrub with lance-shaped, gray-green foliage and blood-red, brush-like flowers spring through winter. Use as a specimen, border, hedge, or in mass planting.

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Tips for Planting in Hot Weather

  • Hot nursery containers do not retain water for very long, so be sure to plant new plants in the ground or a larger container as soon as possible.
  • Until planting, keep your plant out of direct sunlight, and water when the top layer of soil is dry.
  • As a guide, during triple-digit weather, quart-sized containers can require watering up to three times per day, while gallon-sized containers can require watering up to two times per day.
  • Plant early morning or evening, when it's cooler, to reduce heat stress for plants—and you'll be more comfortable too!
  • Once planted, apply a 2"-3"-layer of mulch around the roots—avoid touching the base of the plant—to help cool the roots and slow the evaporation of water from the soil.
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