Skip to main content

Gardening in South Texas

Gardening books & organizations for gardening in the San Antonio area.

Subject Guide

Links to the Library

Web Sites of Interest

     Gardening from bushes to vegetables.

Gardening During COVID-19

Gardening offers a lot during this time of Staying Home/Working from Home. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air (while respecting social distancing), addresses concerns about getting fresh food, and offers a new activity that the whole family can participate in.

Your garden can supply fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs in the places you traditionally grow flowers and shrubs. A pot on your porch or deck will grow most kinds of vegetables.

Try the National Gardening Association's website to get started.

For a more local take the SA Current offers, "Thinking of Growing Your Own Food in the Coronavirus Crisis? San Antonio Urban Farmers Offer Tips."

Stage 2 Water Restrictions!

Stage 2 Water Restrictions in effect as of April 20!

A complete listing of instructions and restrictions can be found on the attached flyer. Here are the highlights:

  • Watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week and only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., one day per week, as determined by the last number of your street address.
  • Water waste is prohibited at all times. Water waste includes allowing water to run off into a gutter, ditch, or drain; or failing to repair a controllable leak.
  • You should reduce water consumption by any means available.
  • All non-public swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used.
  • Watering with a hand-held hose, is allowed any time on any day
  • Watering with drip irrigation or a 5-gallon bucket or watering can is permitted any day, but only between 7-11 a.m. and 7-1 p.m.

eBooks for Texas Gardening

Gardening in Small Spaces

Vegetable Gardening

Lawn Options for Homeowners

As of Sept. 1, 2013,  Homeowners Associations (HOAs) in Texas can no longer prevent residents from installing native plants or drought-tolerant ones although they may still require members to follow landscaping guidelines and submit proposed changes for approval.

Find some tips on persuading your HOA from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Sway Your HOA.

Reduce Your Water Bill & Preserve Our Environment

     Choosing plants that require less water helps our environment and ensures your garden or landscaping stays vibrant even under watering restrictions.

Saving water saves you money on your water bill, but SAWS residential customers can get a little something extra to reward you for water-wise ways. Apply for Watersaver Coupons and Rebates from SAWS. Find all the available coupons and rebates on SAWS' Garden Style San Antonio section.