Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas

Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas is available at many local nurseries and gardening stores for just $24.95 plus tax.  (See bottom of page for locations.) Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas is 245 pages, includes information on:

Drought Resistant Garden planning and designDrought Resistant Gardening
Improving soil health
Selecting appropriate plants (with numerous plant lists)
Creating practical lawn areas
Using efficient irrigation
Applying mulches
Watering appropriately
Local garden resources

Central Texas is a wonderful place to live and garden. It also can be a challenge to keep plants healthy and happy when the weather turns hot and dry. The Travis County Master Gardeners Association has harvested a bounty of advice, facts, lists and tips specifically for gardeners who are dealing with the challenges of drought and dry weather. It is possible to create a beautiful garden while saving a precious natural resource – one drop of water at a time.


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Filled with collective wisdom from local gardening experts, Creating a Drought-Resistant Garden in Central Texas is about surviving and thriving when Mother Nature brings dry weather. Included are ways to conserve water in the garden without sacrificing the entire area to a no-water “zero-scape” area of stone, desert cacti or sun-withered succulents.

The principles and tips outlined in this book are important for gardeners in this drought-prone region of Central Texas where outdoor water restrictions are ongoing as well as for anyone who wants to be more water-conscious. A sustainable approach toward gardening is one of the many ways homeowners can soften their impact on the local environment.

Some of the information in this book first appeared in Xeriscape for Central Texas. The Travis County Master Gardeners Association have built upon the dedication, expertise and knowledge of the original authors and former Xeriscape Garden Club members to create this revised and updated resource for gardeners in Central Texas.These retail locations carry TCMGA publications:

Barton Springs Nursery
3601 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78746

Bloomers Garden Center
507 Highway 95 North, Elgin, TX 78621

Book People
603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78703

Breed & Co.
718 West 29th Street, Austin, TX 78705
3663 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78746

Callahan’s General Store
501 U.S. Highway 183 South, Austin, TX 78741

Eco-Wise (Garden Guide only)
110 West Elizabeth Street, Austin, TX 78704

The Great Outdoors
2730 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704

Green ‘n Growing
601 West Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660

It’s About Thyme
11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739

Red Barn Garden Center
12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729

Round Rock Gardens
901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681

Shoal Creek Nursery
2710 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731

The Natural Gardener
8648 Old Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX 78735

Zilker Botanical Garden, Chrysalis Gift Shop
2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78746

Zinger Hardware
4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756