7 Reasons to Add Texas Sage to Your Landscaping
Did you know that the color purple is a symbol of wealth and the color of royalty? In nature, purple is less common and it’s harder to form into dye, making the purple hue something mysterious and desirable to our ancestors. But you don’t need to splash out on purple velvet to make your home feel like a palace – add some Texas sage to your landscape design instead!
Texas sage, also known as Cenizo, is the hot new plant that’s being included in every major design in 2022. And there’s a reason every landscape designer wants to use it in their design, from its soil requirements to the wildlife it attracts.
If you’re looking for some new plant options for your garden, then Texas sage should be high on your list. Keep reading for our top seven reasons why you should choose this as one of your shrub options in your Texas garden.
1. It’s Beautiful
First and foremost, Texas sage is one of the prettiest shrub options out there. Think lavender in color, but hardier.
This woody shrub has furry pale grey-green leaves.
Though they aren’t particularly impressive in themselves, just wait until they start to bloom! The new growth on the plant produces copious amounts of stunning purple flowers, though sage varieties can be pink and white as well.
The contrast of pale green and purple makes for a stunning display in your outdoor space. The plant coordinates well with your other shrub options like Esperanza or even Beautyberry. It also goes well with plain hedges and trees and adds a brilliant pop of color to any garden.
2. It Doesn’t Need Much Water
Let’s face it, the weather in Texas can be pretty extreme, and it can be hard to find drought-tolerant plants that’ll thrive in a dry and arid climate. Enter: Texas sage, the desert plant superstar. Not only will this shrub survive the sun’s strong rays, but it also doesn’t like a lot of water.
In fact, if you over-water Texas sage, it can die. To avoid this, allow the rain to do its job while you get on with other things.
3. It’s Easy to Look After
Texas sage likes plenty of sunshine – six hours a day of full sun is best.
As we said in #2, rainfall should be enough water for most of the year. But if you’re in an area with low rainfall, you’ll want to water Texas sage in the summer as this will encourage it to bloom. In dry conditions, the plant will grow to around five feet, but if you give it additional water it can grow over eight feet tall.
The shrub is also easy to cut and shape, which is why it’s one of the best landscaping ideas out there. It’s also one of the slower-growing plant options, so it won’t get too wild too fast. Just give it a trim with some pruning shears when it needs it.
Texas sage benefits from hard pruning at the beginning of spring. Cut your shrub to just one-third of its original size, and this will encourage rapid growth and lots of flowers in summer.
4. It Loves Desert Soil
If you’re wondering what new plants to grow in your sandy or rocky soil, then Texas sage comes to the rescue again. It thrives in soil that drains easily where other plants tend to fail. You can find it growing in wild, rocky regions, so it’s low maintenance and hardy.
Texas sage doesn’t need lots of nutrients, so you won’t need to enrich or fertilize your soil. In fact, again, doing so may damage or kill it, so let it be.
5. Birds Love It
Do you want to see some hummingbirds this summer? Hummingbirds love sage varieties, especially in reds, pinks, and purples. The nectar from the stunning flowers on your Texas sage bush will attract this amazing little bird from spring to fall.
If you want a garden teeming with pretty birds and wildlife, then add some sage to your Texas landscaping design. Try it and see which visitors you’ll get this year (hint: butterflies love it too).
6. Bees Love It
Bees play a critical role in our food chain, with at least a third of our food supply being pollinated by bees. If we want to see the same variety of fruits and vegetables for sale we do now, then we need to keep these busy little workers happy.
One way to do that is by encouraging them into our gardens with flowering plants. Bees love the pollen in Texas sage flowers, and feast on it as soon as the blooms appear.
7. It Makes a Great Tea
Texas sage isn’t a true sage, like the herb in your turkey stuffing, so we wouldn’t recommend eating it. But did you know that you can use Texas sage to make a tasty and refreshing tea?
Sage teas have become increasingly popular for their effects on the body, and Texas sage is no different. Dried leaves and flowers can be steeped in hot water to create a flavorful tea.
But more than that, Texas sage tea has a mild sedative effect, so it can help you feel sleepy. And it has been – and still is – used as a remedy for cold symptoms, including congestion, coughs, and fevers. You can find Texas sage tea for sale, but why not save some dough and pick it fresh from your backyard.
Why You Should Add Texas Sage to Your Landscaping
Texas sage is a drought-tolerant, hardy plant perfect for dry, arid conditions. It thrives in sunshine with very little water and wants very little attention and fuss.
Its stunning flowers will bring visiting wildlife into your garden during the spring, summer, and fall months. And if you love an herbal tisane, then Texas sage tea is used by some as a cold and flu remedy.
Ready to include some Texas sage in your next landscaping project? Or still unsure of which design to choose? Then why not contact us for a free customized quote and see how we can help.