Happy Native Plant Week Texans!!! (one week late)
Like many of you out there, I celebrated native plant week here in Texas by buying a whole schwack of plants.
It was high time to “cool off” the southern side of the house (if only in perception) – we now have two desert willow trees! Yay! I really struggled with this decision almost a year…what to put in this bed tree wise versus whether or not I wanted to put any trees in this bed at all. Truth is, I like gardening in the sun – so the best of both worlds to me were two desert willows that will provide filtered shade so I can still grow all my sun worshipping plants I adore. The bottom line after a year of toying around with ideas, is that the front of the house looks #1 too exposed, and #2 some shade on the south facing part of your home in Texas is a MUST! Duh! However, again, I like the fact it will be filtered shade, AND I also like that the thin wispy leaves will still allow you to see the house through them. In essence, the desert willows are “semi-private” screening trees for the house which currently looks a little ….naked! Ha!Say hello to my two west Texas native desert willow trees (Chilopsis linearis ‘Bubba’). If you want to read a little more about this particular cultivar, I found this very helpful. What was invaluable however, was advice from fellow blogger and online pal, David Cristiani in his post here. Thanks again for all your help, and answering all my many questions, David!
I planned on the greatest mature size which is SUPPOSED to be 20′ by 20′ (although the tag said max 10-15ft by 10-15ft), mine are spaced 19ft on O/C. I Really REALLY do not like planting things too close then pruning later – I try HARD to avoid this at all costs. Let me put it to you this way…I was outside with a tape measure in hand over an hour (EEK) playing around with different placements to get a nice span in between the trees. Two neighbours came out to talk to me, and I think they were checking to see if I was okay and had not lost my mind. WHATEVER! Measure, measure, measure! I like how the trees almost bisect each side of the house.
The grass in the front border of the middle bed is Texas native gulf muhly.
I just love the foliage of this tree – I am only wishing I had planted them sooner! What are y’alls experiences with this tree? Please share – I am all ears….