Without a doubt, landscapes add color, detail, and beauty to any home exterior. However, it’s important to plan a landscape that isn’t only aesthetic, but also functional. So, what does a functional landscape look like? It will partly depend on where you live- the climate, geography, and weather patterns that surround you- but if you live in the South Texas area, we have some specific tips and tricks for you!

3 Steps to Creating a Functional Landscape

When planning a landscape in the Houston area, it’s important to keep these considerations in mind:


The Houston area averages 50 inches of rain, annually. So, you might say proper drainage is essential. It’s¬†important to work closely with your builder and landscaper to ensure appropriate water flow, especially on those stormy, downpour days.


It’s no secret that Houston weather gets hot and sticky during the Summer months. If you prefer to spend any time outdoors, shade isn’t optional- it’s a requirement. Sitting under a large shady tree can drastically drop the temperature and might be the difference between spending your afternoon inside or out. Proper placement of larger trees can also help keep your home cooler and energy bill lower!

Bug Protection

Some plants and greenery actually attract mosquitos, cockroaches, and other unwanted pests, while other protect against them. Being intentional with your plant selection can provide a natural, year-round pest repellent! Look for plants like lemongrass, basil, chrysanthemums, germaniums, marigold, parsley, petunias, etc.

If you’re planning to create a new landscape design this Spring, don’t forget to consider these important factors. It can make or break your new landscape design!