Garden With Texas Sage Bush Plants
Handsome and hardy, Texas sage garden plant is an outstanding South Florida landscape choice with its silvery foliage, purple flowers and drought-tolerant nature. Texas sage garden plants thrives in the low humidity, well-drained soil and full sun conditions of the Southwest. With its abundance of flowers and exceedingly hardy nature, this perennial shrub is an inexpensive yet lovely addition to any desert landscape or garden and is equally suitable for potting. It flowers several times throughout the summer and into fall, depending on the frequency of rain. This robust ornamental shrub is extremely drought-, wind- and cold-tolerant but blooms during periods of humidity after a rain, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a barometer bush. The blossoms last for about a week and are followed by two-valved capsules that are filled with wrinkled seeds. Established garden plants should not be watered more than every two or three weeks in the summer and once a month in the winter.
While it is generally a compact shrub, Texas sage garden plants may be pruned in spring or between blooms, as desired. The shrub is easily shaped and can tolerate poor soil. It has no pest problems but is frequented by bees and butterflies. Texas sage garden plants tends to be disease-free, though it can be affected by the cotton root rot fungus. Texas sage can be found growing wild throughout the desert areas of the Southwest. Its low-maintenance requirements and hardy nature lead to its wide use as an ornamental or hedge in landscaping and gardens. The dried leaves and flowers of the Texas sage can be made into an herbal tea that is mildly sedative and used by some as a cold and flu remedy.