Plant of the Month

California Pepper Tree Schinus molle Plant Form: Evergreen tree Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 25-40 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-August) Native to: Peru, South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F California Pepper Tree is an evergreen tree with a weeping form that creates expansive shade when given room to spread. This fast-growing tree needs only occasional watering when established, and develops a fantastically gnarled trunk with interesting peeling bark. Its bright green leaves […]

Plant of the Month

Lynn’s Legacy Sage Leucophyllum langmaniae ‘Lynn’s Legacy’ Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 4-5 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Lynn’s Legacy Sage was selected by legendary “plantsman” Lynn Lowery for its long season of profuse flowers, more than any other selection of Texas Ranger. Native to Mexico, this slow-to-moderately growing, dense, evergreen shrub explodes in lavender flowers […]

Plant of the Month – August

Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica Plant Form: Deciduous tree, shrub Water Use: Low, moderate Mature Size: 2-22 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November) Native to: China Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Crape Myrtle’s claim to fame is its incredibly showy, ruffled flowers, but it has many other admirable qualities. This ornamental shrub or tree offers year-round interest: flowers from summer into fall, fall foliage color, sculptural branching in winter […]

Plant of the Month – January

Olive TreeOlea europaea Plant Form: Evergreen tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 20-30 ft. tall x 15-25 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May) Native to: Mediterranean Region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Olive trees have been cherished since the time of the Roman Empire for their picturesque gnarled trunks and branches. Over the millennia, people have enjoyed the tree’s edible olives (which must be cured in brine before eating), and the valuable olive oil pressed from […]

Plant of the Month – September

Evergreen Sumac Rhus virens Plant Form: Evergreen Shrub, Small Tree Water Use: Low Mature Size: 8-12 ft. tall x 10-15 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas Hardiness: Cold hardy to 5°F  Evergreen Sumac is a very adaptable, large, evergreen shrub that tolerates every stressful desert situation thrown at it: burning heat, freezing cold, extended drought, nutrient-poor soils, and even difficult clay and caliche soils. Given all these challenges, this […]

Plant of the Month – August

Golden Dogbane Thymophylla pentachaeta Plant Form: Perennial Water Use: Low Mature Size: 6-10 in. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-Aug), Fall (Sept-Nov) Native to: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0°F  Golden Dogbane is a dainty, colorful plant that brings happiness to both gardeners and butterflies. Because it provides both nectar and food for butterflies and their larvae, it is perfect for butterfly gardens. Gardeners can plant just a few […]