The Purple Corner
If you garden in Central Texas (or zones 8-10) and you don’t have Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha), you need some!I call this “the purple corner” of my garden. When the Mexican Bush Sage blooms in the spring and the fall here in San Antonio, they put on an incredible show. Here I planted three Salvia leucantha in the back row for the bigger footprint, namely height, although it has a tendency to get leggy at the bottom which I am not wild about. So….I planted several of the ‘Santa Barbara’ variety in the front rows for their more compact, less leggy shape to cover up the legginess of the back row. I am happy with the results. I cut mine down to the ground (to the first little signs of new growth) in early spring when there is no danger of frost/freeze and they come up anew. I also cut all of them back after their spring bloom as well (I was not sure if I was supposed to do that) and they put on new growth over the summer and have been blooming machines this fall. We have had a lot of recent rain I will say. But I will also say, that these got watered MAYBE 4 times all summer since the spring rains.
Look at those long, fuzzy flower spikes – I just love ’em. And so does the wildlife! Plant yours this fall so it has many months to establish before next summer. You will not regret it.
Do you have this plant in your garden? How do you care for yours?