Texas sage bushes are very adapted to the southwest heat. All are drought tolerant and hardy for Xeriscape landscapes or rock gardens. They are normally insect and disease tolerant. They are not really sage bushes at all the real name is
Leucophyllums! But most folks call them sages…and that’s ok because that is what the majority of landscapers and gardeners call them.
Here are a few varieties that you might consider planting in and around your landscape area.
Green Cloud Sage Below
The Green Cloud Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)- is a large evergreen, drought tolerant shrub that is well adapted to the Southwest heat. It can grow to about 6-7ft’ tall and about the same in width.
Many southwestern cities use these shrubs as landscape design. They are durable, hardy and easy care plants. The blooms are bright dark purple and will usually bloom during the Monsoon season. The foliage is a bright green color thus its name.
You can use them as hedges or stand-alone plant. They love the full hot sun…and once established are drought resistant.
All leucophyllum plants need plenty of water when first planted. They do tolerate poor soil but will grow faster and provide more blooms with good well-composted soil.
RIO BRAVO® TEXAS RANGER Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Rio Bravo’®
A green-gray foliage. Blooms at branch tips with iridescent violet-blue flowers. Repeats through the warmest months. Forms a dense, uniform shrub that requires no pruning. Loves the southwestern heat, will do great around driveways and parking lots. A tough low-maintenance native popular as an informal hedge in the southwest. Evergreen shrub. Full sun. Fast growth to 5 feet tall and wide.
CIMARRON ® TEXAS RANGER Leucophyllum zygophyllum Cimarron ®
Shorter type of Texas Sage, this tough shrub is perfect for smaller low hedge plantings, Very drought tolerant shrub can be used with other southwestern style plants and trees. Blooms often and profusely and less prone to root rot. Compact, rounded shrub to about 3 ft. tall and wide. Full sun. Once established, needs only occasional watering. This evergreen sage requires little maintenance. Do NOT over water.
COMPACT TEXAS SAGE Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Compactum’
As the name suggests (compact) it is a smaller sage. It has silver-gray foliage backs with orchid-like pink blooms summer into fall. Compact means small and has rounded evergreen shrub useful for clipped hedges, borders. Tolerates drought, poor soils. This sage is disease and insect resistant, do not overwater. Loves the full Southwestern sun Moderate grower to 3 to 5 feet tall and wide.
Color Your World Nurseries will usually have this type of plant year round. Ask for it at you local retail greenhouse or nursery.
(Subject to availability)
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