Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Explaining the Esperanza!
Driving around a new city brings new sights and one of the prettiest we found, after moving to San Antonio, was this bright-yellow blossomed plant. I was seeing them everywhere. Some were small, but others were like miniature trees.
On our first trip to the local nursery, I found them. They are most commonly known here in Texas as the Esperanza. It's also called Yellow Bells because of the bell shape of the blossoms, and in this heat, it's another winner for your yard.
It loves the heat and can live with minimal water once a week. It's easy to prune and survives most Texas winters. Just remember to trim off the winter damaged areas, and it will grow back beautifully in the spring.
Another great thing is that the bees love it! So if you have a tomato garden, it's a wonderful plant to have nearby to attact the bees to its blossoms as well. We have 3 strategically planted in the yard, and since they bloom far into the fall, they help out with the fall garden too.
Important tip to remember is that you can promote continuous flowers by clipping off the seedpods.