Mulga – Acacia aneura

Search no further for the perfect poolside patio tree! Drought and heat tolerance, low litter production, and low maintenance requirements are among the most notable of Mulga’s many alluring characteristics, making it an excellent choice for a variety of garden situations. Slowly reaching a height of just 20 feet, this Australia native fits comfortably into…

Mexican Honeysuckle – Justicia spicigera

In my garden, and many gardens across the Southwest, this herbaceous shrub is “Hummingbird Central” from spring until first frost. During this long, exuberant blooming season, Mexican Honeysuckle is constantly abuzz with visits from hummingbirds and even some intermittent butterflies! All of this activity is focused around the clusters of tubular, neon-orange flowers that stand…

Mexican Petunia – Ruellia brittoniana

On the Mexican petunia, lavender-blue flowers present themselves in mid-spring and continuously emerge until the cold weather arrives. Like its namesake, Mexican petunia blossoms are quite similar to the annual, petunia, but the two are unrelated. Though the foliage appears lustrous and delicate, this shrubby plant can thrive in a variety of conditions, including dry…