Last year I conducted a small survey of the membership of the Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. Among the questions was “What are the best native plants for novices?” The responses that were most popular among those responding are included here.
All of the plants listed here are perennials; they may die back to the roots or a small rosette during the winter, but should survive and return the next spring. All are readily available in nurseries and will work in most areas of the state.
No one can guarantee success, but with a reasonable amount of care and luck, these should result in a happy first season of planting Texas native plants: