Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region, 2nd edition.
By Sally Wasowski & Andy Wasowski, Lone Star Books
My first pick has to be a classic. This book is the best friend of every gardener, both hobbiest and pro. It really has everything I want in a great landscape/plant book — extensive individual plant information, beautiful photographs and incredible organization, and all by two of the most solid and respected landscape professionals around. Texas is one of the most diverse states in terms of its topography and environment, and while it allows us to garden year-round, it also provides us with some unique challenges. Austin, for example, sits on the edge of two different growing zones and is bordered on one side by Blackland Prairie and on the other side by limestone and Hill Country.
The authors know this, get this, live and breath this. Don’t bother with books by others who don’t. If the Wasowskis aren’t rich yet, they should be. Do your part and buy this book!