Texas Sage Tree
The Perfect Tree for Unplantable Spaces
If you've got an “unplantable” space in your yard, Texas Sage Tree can handle it. It thrives in dry, rocky and even somewhat salty conditions- yet still provides you with a profusion of flowers. This hardy tree practically thrives on neglect.
Texas Sage blooms from spring through fall in a burst of small, trumpet-shaped flowers. The flowers can be rosy-lavender, pink, purple or white. The blooms are encouraged by soil moisture and humidity, earning this plant the nickname the "barometer bush". The more water it has, the better and longer the blooming season will be.
You can enjoy Texas Sage Tree in zones 8 through 11 because it is quite heat and drought tolerant. Coastal gardeners like this tall shrub because it’s tough enough for sandy, rocky and poor soil conditions. Those living in drought conditions and with water restrictions love this shrub since it stays green despite the dryness. It needs little water but doesn't mind a little extra moisture. Just be sure that the soil is well drained to keep this plant happy.
This tree is evergreen with a silvery green color and a fuzzy texture to the leaves. Deer don’t like the texture so it’s rarely severely damaged by them. It makes a good border where deer tend to munch. It’s also a great foundation planting since it will tolerate alkaline soils.
Texas Sage will grow to about 4 to 8 feet in both height and width at maturity. Given a little irrigation, it will spread to the larger measurements. You might even need to trim it back to keep it from getting leggy and messy.
Full sun will give you the best bloom and fullest branches. If you need to prune it, do so in the winter before new growth emerges. An occasionally pruning will help curb its unruly nature and give it a neater appearance.
Container gardens make happy homes for the Texas Sage. Its low water and fertilizer requirements mean it will stay healthy even in the dry conditions and poor soil most containers offer. Give it a little irrigation and you can turn it into a screen for a troublesome area in your landscaping.
The hard to plant corners of your yard are no trouble for the Texas Sage. Hardy and resilient, it’s a great choice for any dry and difficult spot. With few needs, it’s the perfect pick for gardeners who don’t have a lot of time for fussy specimens.