Compact Texas Sage

Also Known as Cenizo, the Compact Texas Sage is a heat-loving evergreen shrub. It is slow growing to 10 feet tall; heat and dry air also make the 1-inch, rose-purple flowers bloom in summer. Silver-gray foliage feels soft. Allergen-free, drought-tolerant, and wing-tolerant once established. Good drainage is essential, and take care not to overwater. Use as a low hedge, lawn plant or background shrub

American Beauty berry

Sometimes called French Mulberry, Callicarpa americana is a US native deciduous shrub that grows wild from Maryland to Florida and west through Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas.  It's in the Vervain family (Verbenaceae).  In the wild, it can occur in a wide variety of sites, from dry to moist, from open to shady.  It's often found throughout southern forests where pine, oak, and hickory are predominant canopy trees, and this is where I find it looks the happiest.  It also seems more prolific in moist soil, with the rich leaf matter on the ground. In the wild, beautyberries can be found growing in masses.


Easily grown in moist, humusy soils in full sun to part shade. Grows very well in wet soils, including flood conditions and shallow standing water. Adapts to a wide range of soils except dry ones. Pruning is usually not necessary, but may be done in early spring to shape. If plants become unmanageable, however, they may be cut back near to the ground in early spring to revitalize.

texas star hibiscu

This wonderful Texas native is also known as scarlet rose mallow. Although related to the tropical Hibiscus that are found in Hawaii and other warm, wet regions, Texas star hibiscus is quite happy in temperate Central Texas. It grows 3 to 6 feet tall and about 4 feet wide and dies back to the ground in winter. As with other perennial shrubby plants, wait until temperatures begin to warm up in spring and then prune off all of the top growth down to the ground and you’ll begin to see the new growth emerge from the roots. Resist the urge to prune off all the stems in late fall or early winter as soon as all the leaves have dropped off. As the plant is preparing to hunker down for winter, many chemical processes are occurring in those “dead” stems. And, the leafless stems provide a little bit of protection from the cold.