Today's post headline sounds like the name of a Prince album or a Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mystery. In reality, it's about a funktastically fab western Australian shrub called Eremophila hygrophana 'Blue Bells'. Eremophilas are also commonly referred to as Emu Bush or Poverty Bush. Now, how someone can call a plant with such vibrant violet blue-purple flowers and plush silvery foliage a Poverty Bush is beyond me. It should be called the Properous Bush with the luxuriant look it's giving us!
There's something about gray that is strangely comforting to me. Especially when the texture is downy soft like a warm blanket. Top that off with bold voluminous blooms the color of royalty and you have an overall vibe of a shrub that looks expensive but is really down-to-earth. And by down-to-earth I mean that these plants are ruggedly tough shrubs. Many Eremophilas, such as this one, come from arid habitats that receive little rain, making it a stylishly smart candidate for a dry garden. Eremophila hygrophana 'Blue Bells' can grow into a 3 ft x 3 ft shrub. You can also keep it smaller if you prune it back regularly which will also encourage it to flower like mad almost year round. Give it full sun, well-draining soil, and regular to low water. It's also hardy down to about 20 degrees fahrenheit/-6 celsius. Oh and did I mention the hummingbirds have a thing for the flowers?! So if you're faced with a dry situation, tired of the drab, and want to furnish it with some fab... lavish your landscape with the luxurious look of Eremophila hygrophana 'Blue Bells'. Remember, you're worth it!