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Old 06-25-2008, 07:54 AM
Location: Where I live.
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Originally Posted by michaelmac500 View Post

A very nice small shrub that is low water and low maintenance is the Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens). In mid to late summer, when the humidity starts to increase it explodes with an abundance of lavender/purple blooms

Texas Sage

I adore Texas purple sage, and the riot of color it produces! But.....I wanted smaller plants, since TPS can get quite large!

So...I put in Silverado sage, which is a dwarf version/related plant with magenta flowers that does well out here (I'm in Alamogordo). Mine are just babies, so no flowers yet, LOL!! It looks like TPS, but smaller.
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Old 06-26-2008, 03:31 PM
Location: El Paso, TX
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I got some Pampus Grass.. Pink, cause everyone does white. It was going to go along my back wall. but decided to use it out front instead.

I need 3 palms for the median.. any suggestions? Should they be tall ones, or short ones, or what?
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:29 PM
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I have not seen lantana mentioned. it is prolific, especailly the golden variety. The Texas laurel, Jasmine stay green year around and have a great spring flower. Japanica and arbovita are nice because they also are evergreen and cool the yard in the summer. Mexican evening primose is also prolific and colorful. Capeheart honeysuckle provides the hummers their nectar and flowers all summer long. Hae you seen the Esparana? Great plant and and a beautiful, yellow color.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:17 AM
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Spanish broom is very nice, hummingbird (umbrella trees) are nice if you want butterflies and hummingbirds to show up. Honeysuckle, trumpet vines -- there are so many great plants for this area. Pine trees are good too for wind blocking, shade, and birds.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:22 PM
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I just came across your post showing the house with the olive tree in the front yard. Do you know if it is a bearing olive tree or ornamental? Any idea where I can get one. I've been trying to find one for my backyard, but haven't had any luck so far. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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