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Re: Pam drought......Cenizo

Pam, you'll love the Cenizo, Leucophyllum frutescens, it is not  only drought 
tolerant, but it requires drought.  This is probably the best  plant for dry 
areas.  I have had one for years, but it's barely hanging in  there.  It r
eally requires dry conditions and EXCELLENT  drainage.   So you might want to 
plant it a bit raised...not  necessarily raised bed, but just raised up some, so 
in case it does rain, it  doesn't get too wet.  I've lost major sections of 
mine after rainy  seasons.......and it's in a raised area with other west Texas 
plants that I  never give supplimental water too, other than the rains.  The 
green  foliage variety seems to be a bit more water tolerant than the silver 
leafed  one....although I seriously prefer the silver foliage.  It blooms quite  
often, and is beautiful with the purplish blooms next to that wonderful silver 
 foliage.   Great plant Pam.  There are so many wonderful  drought tolerant, 
or even dry requiring plants out there.  My entire front  is done in those, 
that I never give any supplimental water to.  Mom got  tired of all the droughts 
and water restrictions imposed by the city of San  Antonio, so she planted 
all Tx. native dry plants in the full sun areas.   Beautiful.  She never has to 
supplimental water either....other than her  deck with many potted Hibiscus, 
Plumerias and Bougainvillas...which definitely  keep her on her toes. 
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 11/10/2005 11:02:41 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Well I will be acquiring a  mature cenizo (Texas sage) from a downsizing
neighbor this weekend to fill  a hole, so that will help. I hate holes in my
garden. Like a gaping wound  to the eye and the soul. And this baby has
laughed at the drought, so I  KNOW it will be fine. I left my soaker hose run
at a slow trickle all night  to save that St. Augustine up front. There's
just no time when it gets dark  so early. They say MAYBE some rain Saturday.
C'mon baby, bring it  on!

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