Plant of the Month – September

Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Plant Form: Deciduous perennial Water Use: Very Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer – Fall (June – September) Native to: Asia (Afghanistan to Tibet) Hardiness: Cold hardy to -20°F Russian Sage is a hardy, drought- tolerant, heat-loving perennial that is underused in southwest landscapes. Small but brilliant violet-blue flowers seem to float in an airy cloud above its foliage from summer until a hard frost. Neither Russian nor […]

Plant of the Month – August

Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus   Plant Form: Deciduous shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 15-25 ft. tall & wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August) Native to: S. Europe, W. Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Chaste Tree is a beautiful large shrub or small tree with a profusion of fragrant lavender flowers in summer that attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Deep green leaves are divided into 5-7 lace-like leaflets, and the foliage is aromatic. Medieval legends tell […]

Plant of the Month: November 2013

Velvet Sage, Mexican Bush Sage Salvia leucantha   Plant Form: Flowering Perennial Water Use: Low – Moderate Mature Size: 4’ tall and wide Exposure: Full Sun Bloom Time: March – November Native to: Mexico, Central America Hardiness: Cold Hardy to 20°F   Velvet Sage is a graceful mounding shrub that is striking alone or planted in masses. Long, slender spikes of white or purple flowers encased in velvety purple bracts grace the soft branch tips from late summer into fall […]