In Cedar Park and Leander, these plants are drought—and dog—resistant

Santa Rita prickly pear: "Comes in varieties. Consider Santa Rita. Blooms in reds and yellows, and paddles themselves are reddish. Can get big, but with care, is easy to maintain in small spaces. Get a pruning sickle." (Courtesy Paul Busby)
Santa Rita prickly pear: "Comes in varieties. Consider Santa Rita. Blooms in reds and yellows, and paddles themselves are reddish. Can get big, but with care, is easy to maintain in small spaces. Get a pruning sickle." (Courtesy Paul Busby)

Santa Rita prickly pear: "Comes in varieties. Consider Santa Rita. Blooms in reds and yellows, and paddles themselves are reddish. Can get big, but with care, is easy to maintain in small spaces. Get a pruning sickle." (Courtesy Paul Busby)

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Texas sage: "An evergreen staple in Texas landscapes. Full sun, grows to 5 feet tall and wide. Flowers in spring and summer. Just plant it and forget about it." (Courtesy Paul Busby)
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Weber agave: "Beautiful and more graceful agave than others, in my opinion. Hard to kill. Rutting deer may damage it with their antlers, but they won’t eat it. Exceptionally low water requirement." (Courtesy Paul Busby)
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Lantana: "Trailing varieties are semi-evergreen. White and purple varieties have similar growth habits. Water frequently in the pot until planted in the ground. When established, they require little water." (Courtesy Paul Busby)
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Paul Busby has been landscaping since 2006. (Courtesy Paul Busby)
Paul Busby owns Busby Landscapes, a home-based business in Leander. The family-owned operation has been designing, installing and maintaining home landscapes since 2006.

Busby said heat and drought are not the only hazards for homeowners looking to landscape their yards and add to their property’s curb appeal. Houses along popular sidewalks may need to contend with dogs going to the bathroom—and potentially damaging plants.

Busby said those homeowners need to “select plants that can withstand the twin assaults of drought and dog urine, which because of its salt and nitrogen content burns plants—just like too much fertilizer,” Busby said.

If dogs’ access to plants cannot be regulated by raised beds or fencing, Busby suggests these plants that are both drought- and dog-resistant.

Busby Landscaping


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