Texas SmartScape

A Texas SmartScape landscape is:

Beautiful - Its attractiveness exudes health. A variety of colors, textures and sizes draws you in.

Maintainable - It doesn’t demand excess time or resources. Upkeep is simple.

Sustainable - It thrives come rain or shine. It can withstand the ups and downs of North Texas weather.

There’s more to a well-designed landscape than meets the eye! Your landscape can be beautiful, maintainable and sustainable with proper planning and all the right tools. Here are some resources that will inspire and guide you as you reinvigorate your yard this spring.


We are offering the following classes in March, April and May. Visit the Live Green in Plano website for days, times and to register.

Shade Gardening 101 - Do you struggle with shady spots or places where grass won’t grow? Our very own Erin Hoffer, Compost Educator and Master Gardener, created this class in response to our most frequently asked question, “What can you grow in the shade?”

Rain Gardens
Join us as we host Patrick Dickinson, a horticulturist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, to offer this FREE workshop on rain garden design, construction and maintenance. Patrick will provide a plant list and valuable insights.

Rain Garden

Design Tools

ULandscapeIt - Want to redesign your landscape, but not sure where to start? Right plant, right place is our motto. Texas A&M AgriLife Water University’s ULandscapeIt will help you select and arrange plants using predesigned templates. Design and view your virtual landscape before you tackle the real thing with peace of mind. This new online tool will help you plan a water efficient landscape.

Online Plant Database - There are hundreds of wonderful plants that are well-suited to North Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Water University recently launched a new and improved plant database that you’re sure to enjoy. Search by color, size, plant type, light requirement and more. The photos are fantastic too!

Texas SmartScape Website - The Texas SmartScape website features pre-designed templates and a plant database. In addition, it hosts information on regional demonstration gardens, landscaping events, sales and more.

Reading Material

Texas A&M AgriLife Water University offers brief, information-packed brochures that are sure to become your go-to references. Visit their online library. Several selections are linked below:


Visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas YouTube channel for a series of brief instructional videos on landscaping basics. Learn how to build a rain barrel, the right way to plant a plant and more.