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Native Plants of the RGV

Native Gardens at Quinta Mazatlan

There are a number of reasons why native plants are becoming the top choice of many local home owners, businesses, and gardeners. Quinta Mazatlan displays various native plants species that can help you create a distinctive sense of place in your garden. Discover the top 5 reasons native plants are the plants of choice for gardens of South Texas, and see the many benefits they can bring to YOUR garden.

1 - Native plants are aesthetically pleasing

Not only do natives blend well with most surrounding developments and landscapes, they can also add that “WOW” factor to a garden. At Quinta Mazatlan, our parking lot is shaded by a variety of trees including the Texas Ebony (Pithecellobium ebano). Even in this high traffic area, this tree shines with its rich emerald green foliage and cream colored blossoms, and creates a warm welcome for all our visitors. Consider planting one in your garden!

2 - Native plants are excellent survivalists

They were born to survive and thrive in our soil, weather and water conditions. With frequent dry spells, living in this environment can be tough on plants, especially if they’re non-native. Luckily, natives like the Brasil (Condalia hookeri) havedeveloped special adaptations that help them hold on to moisture, even through periods of drought.>

3 - Natives offer long periods of spectacular bloom

The subtropical climate of The Rio Grande Valley is characterized by warm summers, mild winters, and high humidity making it ideal for various plants including natives, to grow here. If you’d like to add a vibrant palette of colors to your garden, add natives like Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii), Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea), and Mexican Trixis (Trixis inula). Plant several of these natives in bunches and water once or twice a week until established. In no time, you’ll be able to sit and enjoy the beautiful bursts of color that spring up all year long.

4 - Native plants support local wildlife

A native garden means habitat for animals like birds, mammals, reptiles, and most importantly pollinating insects. South Texas has over 300 documented species of butterflies, and a variety of nectar-loving bees and wasps. There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline, and so are our natives! Native trees and shrubs like the Anacua (Ehretia anacua) and Tamaulipan Fiddlewood (Citharexylum berlandieri) provide an excellent source of nectar for pollinators. Without a sufficient supply of food for our pollinators, both groups may cease to exist someday. There are many ways to encourage plant and pollinator diversity and abundance. You can start by planting native trees and shrubs today!

5 - Native plants are low maintenance

Every native landscape is a work in progress. Initially, your native garden will require a little maintenance; mainly due to those pesky weeds, but after a few months (or even weeks if properly sited and planted), natives will become well established and maintenance will be extremely low. Throughout the year, natives won’t require much water, or even pesticides and fertilizers. Again, natives have amazing adaptations that help them stay healthy and strong for years.

Naturescaping your Backyard

Take a stroll through the park at Quinta Mazatlan and meet some of our more famous natives!

Check out our handy plant brochure: Native Plants Brochure

Looking to Plant Trees?

We have native trees that provide food and shelter for birds.

Try Anacua, Texas Ebony, Mexican Olive, Texas Persimmon, Sabal Palm, Tepeguaje, Cedar Elm and Brasil

Looking to Plant Shrubs?

Native shrubs look beautiful lining your wall, path or home.

Try Granjeno, Fiddlewood, White Brush, Kidney Wood, Yellow Sophora, Guayacan and Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye

Looking to Plant Nectar Plants?

Make your garden inviting to iridescent hummingbirdsand colorful butterflies.

Try Turk’s Cap, Mexican Trixis, Scarlet Sage and Texas Lantana

Looking to Plant Flowering Plants?

Many flowering natives promise year round blooms.

Try Blue Mistflower, Desert Lantana, Mexican Bush Sage, Violet Wild Petunia and White Plumbego

Looking for ground cover around a pond or plant?

Natives grow well and provide food for the wildlife.

Try Frog Fruit, Buffalo Grass and Pigeon Berry

Looking for a few cacti with personality?

Our natives add a lot of architectural character to your garden.

Try Nopal Prickly Pear, Tasajillo, Night-blooming Cereus and Rough Agave

Whether it is the landscape around a beautiful mansion, or a small garden outside your window, courtyard, or parking lot, the fact remains… NATIVES LOOK GOOD EVERYWHERE!

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McAllen, TX 78504

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