Texas Landscape Pictures

Texas Landscape Pictures

These galleries feature panoramas and skylines of the major downtown areas including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as views of the Texas state capitol. Showcasing springtime travels are images and prints displaying all colors of Texas wildflowers, especially bluebonnets and sunflowers. I offer an extensive collection of photographs from the Texas Hill Country, highlighting state parks such as Lost Maples, Pedernales Falls, Garner, and Enchanted Rock. Travels to west Texas focus on the rugged landscapes from the two national parks of Texas — Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains, as well as Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle. East Texas brings visions of Cypress, Spanish moss, and Caddo Lake. From the Texas Gulf Coast come scenes from Port Aransas, Rockport harbor, and the local beaches. Along with a black and white gallery and a collection of my favorites, these images represent my adventures across this vast land.

Texas Landscape Pictures

Texas Superstar Plants identifies superior landscape plants for Texas. Combining the expertise of university and industry leaders, the cooperative program also promotes their introduction in the marketplace. With input from Texas A&M University horticulturists, nursery professionals, growers, arboretum and botanical garden representatives, and other experts, the program’s combined efforts bring superior landscape plants for Texas to the attention of consumers through an active marketing campaign.

Texas Landscape Pictures

‘Texas Gold’ columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana ‘Texas Gold’) Hinckley columbine is native to only one place in Texas and is very rare in the wild. ‘Texas Gold’, a selection of this rare plant, has buttercup-yellow flowers with long, attractive spurs and fernlike foliage. The bright blossoms light up a shady border. Columbine can be a short-lived perennial but will reseed itself if you let the seedlings grow. ‘Texas Gold’ reaches 2-3 feet tall. It prefers well-drained soil, part shade, and adequate moisture, though it will tolerate some heat. Zones 5-8
Texas Landscape Pictures

Texas Landscape Pictures

Deciduous holly (Ilex decidua) A delightful small native tree, deciduous holly is easy to grow and has an extended period of interest. It is fairly adaptable but prefers moist, acidic soil in sun or part shade. The small white flowers are not very showy, but the orange-red berries that the female plants produce are stunning. After the foliage drops in autumn, the slim gray branches are covered with berries that persist into winter. This is an outstanding choice if you hope to welcome wildlife, especially birds into the garden. You need both a male and female plant to ensure good berry production. Zones 5-9 ‘Lowery’s Legacy’ cenizo (Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Lowery’s Legacy’) ‘Lowery’s Legacy’ was selected because it flowers so profusely and so often. It is a slow-growing woody shrub that will eventually reach about 5 feet tall. The silvery foliage is quite handsome and provides a lovely contrast to dark green shrubs. The violet-blue, bell-shape flowers stand out beautifully against the silver leaves. Compared to many selections of Texas sage, it is less dependent on changes in humidity for flowering and will bloom more often. This sun lover resents wet feet; be careful to avoid overwatering. Zones 8-11 ‘Grandma’s Yellow’ rose (Rosa ‘Nacogdoches’) ‘Grandma’s Yellow’ rose has full, deep yellow, fragrant blossoms that repeat from spring until the first hard frost. Growing 4-5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide, every garden should find a place for this beauty. It needs sunshine — at least six hours a day of good light — and regular watering. Of course it makes beautiful cut flowers. This rose should be hardy in most of Texas but in Zone 6, it might be wise to give it some winter protection. Zones 6-9 ‘Blue Princess’ verbena (Verbena x hybrida ‘Blue Princess’) ‘Blue Princess’ thrives in Texas heat. “Most people make the mistake of pampering it,” says Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist. “It must be planted in the sunniest, best-drained spot in your landscape. It will not bloom profusely unless the plant gets plenty of sunlight.” You can’t be afraid to prune it either. After the first exquisite flush of lavender blooms, give the plant a haircut. Pruning encourages another round of flowers and keeps the plant from getting lanky and unkempt-looking. This perennial grows about 1 foot tall. Zones 7b-10

Texas Landscape Pictures

Salvia farinacea ‘Henry Duelberg’ This gorgeous Texas native is easy to grow, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, is exceeding drought-tolerant, and doesn’t attract deer. It grows between 2 feet and 3 feet tall and has flower spikes that are 1 foot long and covered in dark, purplish-blue flowers. Cutting back the spikes after the flowers are spent encourages the plant to rebloom. It can be in bloom virtually all season. Once established, this salvia is incredibly heat- and drought-tolerant. It’s perfect for water-wise gardeners. The only thing this plant doesn’t like is wet feet. Zones 7-9 Lacey oak (Quercus laceyi, syn. Quercus glaucoides) Some debate continues about the correct botanical name of this Texas native, but the common name is the same: lacey oak. A smaller oak, it reaches just 25-35 feet tall and wide, making it more in scale with residential gardens. The tree has a beautiful habit, resembling a miniature white oak. It makes a lovely shade tree and is also perfect in a native garden. Although lacey oak can be grown in east Texas, it is best adapted to the Hill Country and cultivated settings in west Texas. Lacey oak is highly tolerant of heat, drought, and high pH soils, once established. Zones 7-9

Texas Landscape Pictures

Lacey oak (Quercus laceyi, syn. Quercus glaucoides) Some debate continues about the correct botanical name of this Texas native, but the common name is the same: lacey oak. A smaller oak, it reaches just 25-35 feet tall and wide, making it more in scale with residential gardens. The tree has a beautiful habit, resembling a miniature white oak. It makes a lovely shade tree and is also perfect in a native garden. Although lacey oak can be grown in east Texas, it is best adapted to the Hill Country and cultivated settings in west Texas. Lacey oak is highly tolerant of heat, drought, and high pH soils, once established. Zones 7-9

Texas Landscape Pictures

‘Blue Princess’ verbena (Verbena x hybrida ‘Blue Princess’) ‘Blue Princess’ thrives in Texas heat. “Most people make the mistake of pampering it,” says Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist. “It must be planted in the sunniest, best-drained spot in your landscape. It will not bloom profusely unless the plant gets plenty of sunlight.” You can’t be afraid to prune it either. After the first exquisite flush of lavender blooms, give the plant a haircut. Pruning encourages another round of flowers and keeps the plant from getting lanky and unkempt-looking. This perennial grows about 1 foot tall. Zones 7b-10

Texas Landscape Pictures

A thunderstorm passes across a Texas landscape during a summer evening. This photo was shot during a cross-country road trip from Maryland to California. Watching lightning strike on the horizon was a highlight of the drive through Texas, and when we came across a long line of power cables, I knew it was time to take a break from driving and set up the camera.

Thunderstorm Photograph by Matthew Spaulding, My Shot A thunderstorm passes across a Texas landscape during a summer evening. This photo was shot during a cross-country road trip from Maryland to California. Watching lightning strike on the horizon was a highlight of the drive through Texas, and when we came across a long line of power cables, I knew it was time to take a break from driving and set up the camera.(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) Turk’s cap is native to south Texas, where it is a perennial and makes an outstanding ornamental for shady sites. The flowers look much like hibiscus but never fully open, so they look like little turbans. The flowers appear in a range of colors from red to pink to white and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a fast-growing shrub that reaches between 3 feet and 6 feet in height and width. It may not be hardy in north Texas but could be used as an annual there. It’s drought-tolerant, once established. Zones 7b-11

During my recent trip to Austin, Texas, I saw that rowing and kayaking are a huge way of life. Living in Sydney next to the ocean my whole life, water sports such as bodyboarding have been a huge influence in my life. Seeing people still connected to water activities even in Texas is really great. I took this shot at sunrise and instantly knew it was great.

Texas Longhorn Photograph by Rajendra Tipparaju, My Shot The Texas longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to 7 feet (2 meters) tip to tip for steers and exceptional cows, and 36 to 80 inches (0.91 to 2.0 meters) tip to tip for bulls.(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

Rower Photograph by Adam Souter, My Shot During my recent trip to Austin, Texas, I saw that rowing and kayaking are a huge way of life. Living in Sydney next to the ocean my whole life, water sports such as bodyboarding have been a huge influence in my life. Seeing people still connected to water activities even in Texas is really great. I took this shot at sunrise and instantly knew it was great.