I have gardened in Texas all my life- from Corpus Christi in the Coastal Bend up to Leander in the Texas Hill Country near Austin. I was interested in plants from about 10 years old I guess. I remember my Aunt Leah Raetzsch in Lake Charles, Louisiana giving me some plants and having to moisten them in the hotel bathtub on the way back to Texas. All that said, some say gardening in Texas is tough. I've never known anything different. This Summer was a drought in the Hill Country. Last Summer was a monsoon season... The little lake by our house had part of County Road 273 under water for over 2 weeks...One of my rosemary bushes got so tired of wet feet it gave up and died. It rained almost every day. This year, I watered my tomatos and peppers almost every day. Smart and handy people have drip systems or Earth boxes... We must mulch to conserve water in Texas. Part shade is needed for some plants that say "full sun" in other parts of the country. I am trying some rhubarb in partial shade this fall at the suggestion of a local nursery. Also planted a couple of apple trees. I also love wild Texas food plants like Mulberry and Dewberries. Also ornamentals like American Beauty berry, Agarita, etc.