Plant Ajuga!

Plant Ajuga!  Trying to find that perfect plant for your shade/part shade garden but not sure what to plant?  Plant Ajuga!  Need something to add interest to your shade/partial sun pot combination?  Plant Ajuga!   Ajuga is an excellent choice for shade to part sun gardens and landscaping beds.  There are several different types but my personal favorites are the ‘Black Scallop’ and the ‘Catlin’s Giant’.  First of all, I love their color combination.  It can be challenging to find interesting composition and colors for shade beds and the Ajuga (for me) check all the boxes.  They are evergreen,  they Continue Reading

Plant Mexican Bush Sage

Trying to decide what to plant?  Plant Mexican Bush Sage.  Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha, is a beautiful blooming perennial with colorful showy bloom spires.  The traditional variety boasts purple blooms with white accents and there is also a variety that is solid purple called ‘Midnight’ which is a solid purple.  Both varieties grow into a nice and full plants reaching dimensions anywhere from 3-4′ x 3-4′ when planted in the full sun.   The blooms emerge here in Austin, Texas starting in the late summer through the fall.  Once established, it is considered a drought tolerant perennial, though as Continue Reading

Plant Althea Rose of Sharon

Plant Althea Rose of Sharon for color, blooms, butterflies and bees! What’s not to like about that combo?  The Althea Rose of Sharon comes in a variety of colors such as white, purple, pink, lavender, and some varieties have double blooms.  The Althea have been an old standby for years and are often times found in older existing landscapes here in Austin.  There are dwarf and regular varieties available depending on what your preference is.  Known by several names Hibiscus syriacus are also called Althea, Rose of Sharon, and Rose Mallow. Several of the varieties have a contrasting color at Continue Reading