Its blossoms are a vibrant, deep purple that carpets the ground in a mass of glorious color spring through fall.
The deep green leaves add a visually cooling element to the landscape as well.
Butterflies find the flowers irresistible too.
See where this colorful ground cover gets its name and why you’ll want to include it in your drought tolerant garden where it will add beauty to your outdoor space in my latest plant profile for Houzz.com
Have you ever had your day take a completely different turn than you anticipated? Mine certainly did, and it all started with a discovery behind the lilac vine.
My day was off to a great start. I didn’t have any appointments or looming writing deadlines. Couple that with a weather forecast in the 70’s, I decided to spend a few hours working in the garden.
|Purple Lilac Vine (Hardenbergia violaceae) back in February.|
Yesterday, doing several errands, I was driving through the parking lot of our local Walmart when I saw a sight that stopped me dead in my tracks.
Now, normally parking lots are prime examples of bad landscape practices with over-planted and excessively pruned shrubs. But, what I saw was truly breathtaking.
Have you ever seen this shrub growing? Do you have one in your landscape?
Are you familiar with Texas sage, also referred to as Texas ranger?
Do you have a list of favorite plants for your Southwestern garden?
Today, I’d like to share with you about one of my favorite shrubs, desert ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis).
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A few years ago, while visiting my sister in the Palm Springs area in California, we visited the Living Desert Museum. This is a combination botanical garden and zoo.
I strongly encourage you to be a trendsetter in your neighborhood by planting this lovely shrub in your garden!