Plant of the Month: November 2020 - Mexican Bush Sage
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Mexican Bush sage is a late blooming perennial that has deep purple flowers. It is native to Central America and Mexico. It grows to about 2-
3 feet tall and wide. Some varieties are plain purple and others have a white corolla and a longer-lasting funnel-form purple calyces. Flowers
appear in dense, arching, terminal spikes up to 10-inches long that extend above the foliage. Butterflies and hummingbirds will feed on
the nectar. Linear, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves grow in pairs on square stems. Foliage has a velvet-like texture, hence the sometimesused
common name of velvet sage for this species.
Plant of the Month: February 2021 - Ornamental Cabbage & Kale
Thursday, February 04, 2021
Ornamental cabbage or kale may not be edible, but they are great for filling up cool season containers. Look for them in local nurseries in the fall for the best selection. They can be used in containers or planted in groupings in your landscape beds. They are attractive planted with pansies or other cool season plants. Provide a slow release fertilizer when planting and keep the soil moist. Cover them if there is a threat of an extended freeze. If you leave them until it starts to warm in the spring, the plants will bolt and produce clusters of yellow flowers. Pull them out when it gets too hot - usually by the end of May.