Rockport Country Club Estates Homeowners Association

List of perennial plants

When it comes to landscaping, we have a challenging environment in South Texas — hot, dry conditions, extremely sandy soil, and deer throughout our neighborhood. Successful planting begins with the selection of species that are best adapted to our location and climate. Below is a list of perennial plants that do well in Rockport.


  • Mexican Bush Sage Salvia — low maintenance, heat tolerant, native perennial with showy purple flowers.
  • Plumbago — perennial with profuse blue or white flowers, which will thrive in the hot Texas summer; very deer resistant.
  • Duranta, sapphire showers – rapid growing, dense shrub with small glossy leaves and flowers with colors varying from light blue to purple; the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love them.
  • Turk’s Cap – a coarse textured plant that produces a profusion of “turban‐like” flowers in various colors ranging from bright red to pink to white. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, but is deer resistant.
  • Esperanza plant — a member of the begonia family, the Esperanza grows quickly and loves full sunlight.
  • Philodendron, Split Leaf — perfect for your shady, oak‐covered spots in the yard. This plant likes moist, well‐ drained soils and does not tolerate drought conditions. Shade is the key.
  • Bottle Brush — not a native plant but does particularly well in South Texas. It can grow large as a shrub or stay small in the dwarf varieties, with an interesting red bloom that looks like a bottle brush.
  • Red yucca — tough as nails, this succulent attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and is remarkably hardy in both winter and summer.