Fall booms as Austin is kissed by cool breezes

Finally the temperatures drop below 100 and the flowers in our yard clamber for attention by bursting into bloom.  The valentines heart red Turk’s Cap, pail indigo Plumbago,  and pinkish red Cherry Sage are the first to start showing off this fall.

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) is not native to Texas, but it is drought tolerant.  This summer has certainly proven how tolerant it truly can be and after freezing temperatures last winter we find it very resilient to frost as well. They bloom off and on through summer and especially if you trim them back a bit they can be profuse late summer through fall and into winter until the first frost.

Turk's CapTurk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii)  is native to Texas as well as Mexico.  The vivid red blooms are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Cherry Sage (Salvia greggii) This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. If you brush past it there is a refreshing sage fragrance.

These three are perennial and very very low maintenance and as always in our yard, require very little water.

Pyracantha isn’t blooming but fall promisis red-orange berries that the birds love.


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