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 with most anything in extreme heat, it would like some supplemental water. In the winter it will die down and will come back in the spring. The plant is attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds as well as bees so it is a nice choice to attract the pollinators to your garden and landscape.
The Mexican Bush Sage is often planted alongside grasses and other fall blooming favorites such as the Copper Canyon Daisy which blooms yellow. When planning your garden /landscape design it is always good to think about things that bloom seasonally to ensure you have blooms throughout the year and not just one season (unless that is the look you are going for of course). Salvia greggii is a great perennial choice to pair with the leucantha as it blooms spring through fall as well as planting alongside evergreen shrubs. There are several varieties of Abelia that are not only evergreen but will bloom as well and come in several color combinations to create the look you are going for. Pineapple Guava is another excellent choice and the silver toned leaves look beautiful planted alongside the Salvia leucantha and make a wonderful pairing.