What Plants Are in a Mexican Garden?

Mexico contains temperate coastal regions and cool mountain ranges, but when some people think of Mexico, they think of the blistering hot Sonoran desert, complete with cacti. There are many plants suited to the hot temperatures of Mexico that can be grown to create a uniquely Mexican garden in locations throughout the world.

Mexican Feather Grass

Cherished as a warm-weather ornamental grass throughout the world, Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima), also called Mexican Needle Grass, is a delicate grass native to Mexico, New Mexico and Texas. The grass boasts long, thin silver and green blades that shudder at the slightest breeze. An easy way to bring movement to a garden, Mexican Feather Grass works well as an accent to a lush green yard. The grass requires very well-drained soil, with full sunlight or partial shade.

Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia (Ruellia brittoniana) is an inexpensive nursery plant native to Mexico. A vigorous grower, Mexican Petunia showcases long evergreen leaves and floppy flowers in blue, white or purple hues. The plant is quite hardy, growing in a range of moist soils. When established, Mexican Petunia is drought-tolerant. The plant should be grown in full sunlight to produce the most blooms. Mexican Petunias make attractive border plants. The dwarf varieties make for excellent ground cover.

Mexican Bush Sage

Native to Mexico and Central America, Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is an evergreen shrub that boasts thin green leaves and tall spires of lavender flowers. The hardy plant is a late bloomer, but worth the wait; the flowers of the Mexican Bush Sage attracts butterflies in droves. Highly drought-tolerant, Mexican Bush Sage should be grown in full sunlight in well-drained soils. The plant looks lovely mixed in with other sprawling shrubs.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.