Wave of Beauty: Flowering Triggered by Hedging

February 27, 2019

Flowering to no flowering in one week (1)

Photographer: Menashe Davidson 
Summary Author: Menashe Davidson 

Proper pruning is essential maintenance for keeping shrubs healthy and attractive. While pruning helps to maintain and reduce plant size, remove undesirable growth and rejuvenate old plants, it’s also useful for maximizing a plant's flowering potential -- promoting the appearance of buds and stimulating them to flower together in the same time.

2222222222The plant shown above (left side of photo) is Leucophyllum frutescens, an evergreen shrub commonly known as Texas sage. This popular ornamental plant is often used in gardens, particularly in warmer climates. It’s easily shaped into hedges and blooms over the entire surface, appearing as a wave of solitary, axillary bell-shaped purple flowers (close up). However, a disadvantage in hedging is that flowering may only last for a short time. When I stopped by the garden a week after my first visit, flowering had ended and now the silvery leaves were dominant (right-side photo). The photos were taken in a park in Rishon LeZion, Israel, on August 11, 2018 (left) and August 18, 2018 (right).