Zoysia grass is proven to grow well in the Houston area. This type of grass is shade-tolerant in southern states, and several varieties are available depending on the area's particular conditions.
Houston, Texas occupies USDA zones 7 and 8. Zoysia grass grows well in USDA zones 6-10. Visit planthardiness.ars.usda.gov to evaluate which zone that the area is in. Zoysia japonica, Japanese lawn grass, is more suited to colder zones, while Zoysia matrella, also known as Manila grass, grows well in milder areas and tends to form a denser lawn. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program ranks the Zoysia matrella and Zoysia japonica as top turf performers.