One of the quickest ways to stamp “Texas” on a landscape is to utilize the regional portfolio of cactuses. Many of these species originate in our very own Chihuahuan Desert region out west.  In nature, we find adaptation of some varieties to wetter + shadier conditions to the east, into the Edwards Plateau.

Cactuses are always useful in the landscape for structural plants that are durable to harshly hot weather.  They can anchor a fully exposed spot where hardly anything else will grow with limited irrigation life support necessary.  Most of these plants are classified as succulents + retain water reserves in their tissues.

These plants present with a wide variety of shapes, spines, flowers, stems + leaves.  Some look sharp and angular, while others appear shaggy + grasslike to fit well into many garden configurations.

Steve Shelton, MLA