Water is essential to life on Earth, and recent and devastating droughts in Texas demonstrate that water conservation is essential to our survival. The Arid Garden showcases a range of plant species with low water and maintenance needs. Many of these agaves, aloes, and yuccas are native to the higher plateaus of northern and central Mexico, a reminder that political boundaries cannot divide our shared horticultural heritage. Dramatic, architectural forms and bright blooms make them a beautiful as well as water-wise choice for Houston gardens.

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List of Plants 

1. Opal Century Plant (Agave americana 'Opal')

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This evergreen succulent has yellow striped foliage and is native to Texas, Arizona, and Mexico. It will eventually produce a twenty-foot flower stalk that will attract hummingbirds.

Light: Full sun

Size: 3 - 5’ tall; 4’ wide

Water: Low

. Sharkskin Agave (Agave 'sharkskin')

This succulent agave comes from Mexico and has thick, triangular grayish-green leaves with smooth margins and a prominent terminal spine.

Light: Full sun

Size: 2 - 3’ tall; 3 - 4’ wide

Water: Moist

3. Coral Aloe (Aloe striata)


This South African evergreen succulent is pollution tolerant and attracts butterflies, bees, and birds. From midwinter to spring, it produces red flowers.

Light: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Size: 2 - 3’ tall; 1 - 2’ wide

Water: low - moderate

Special cultural requirements: Divide clumps every 2 - 3 years.

4. Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense)

This evergreen succulent comes from Mexico and blooms red, white, and yellow flowers in mid-spring.

Light: Partial shade - full sun

Size: 6 - 12” tall; 2 - 3’ wide

Water: Occasional

Special cultural requirements: Divide clumps every 2 - 3 years.