Thinking of what to plant in your garden this summer? Plant Pride of Barbados! Pride of Barbados is a showy, tough, heat loving plant that has bright orange and red blooms. Right now in Austin, Texas you can see this plant in just about every neighborhood in the city as well as the areas outside of town. This plant does not require a high grade soil which makes it popular with many as well as it is boasts bright spectacular blooms. The Pride of Barbados, once established, does not need a lot of care other than the initial watering in to establish it. It will die down in the winter and come back in the spring and once it heats up in the Texas summer will bloom non stop until the fall. The Pride of Barbados is often paired with other drought tolerant summer blooming plants such as Plumbago, Tecoma stans aka Yellow Bells or another popular variety ‘Bells of Fire’ and Flame Acanthus. Copper Canyon Daisy, which has a wonderful lemon fragrance, is another tough perennial which blooms summer through fall that looks nice planted alongside the Pride of Barbados. Texas Sage and or Salvia greggii are nice choices to plant alongside this combination as they are evergreen, which is nice to have in the winter months when the perennials die down.
The Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is often mistaken for a Texas native, though it is not…. perhaps due to the fact that it performs so well here in Austin, Texas. The habit of this perennial is a full bushy almost shrub like with tall upright blooms that seem to soak up the Texas summer days. It can be planted where it would receive a little shade and still perform, though make sure to give it at least 6 hours of full sun to ensure you enjoy the bloom-fest this plant is sure to deliver.