I am new to Texas (originally from the midwest). I am living in the Brazos County in College Station, TX where I am told it is a challenge growing plants in this area.
I am trying to find a groundcover to cover a large area.
Here is my situation:
Link to picture of the area I am working with:
I have put a pool in the back yard and there are two beautiful Post Oak Trees to the right that we want to save. I am told that with proper treatment, this can be done. The problem is that they are very sensitive and that if we put grass under them, the constant watering would kill the trees. So we are considering ground cover for that area. Something that would (once established) not take a lot of water or maintenance to grow. I think I am in Zone 7.
1. The location is on the Northeast side of the house. It would get morning sun, but in the summer there would be shade created by the two post oaks, so not sure how much sun they would actually receive during the summer months when trees are leafed out.
2. I am told that we have a population of copper head snakes in brazos county, so looking for a ground cover that would NOT be inviting to snakes, something low to the ground??
3. I would prefer something that doesn't die during the winter so that we don't have a large patch of brown over the winter months.
4. I would like something that puts out some kind of flower if possible that would attract butterflies??
Any suggestions you could give me would be so helpful.