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David Renner
David Renner • 2 years ago

Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata) and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) seem to be made for each other. Both have flowers with rich hues, both thrive in xeric conditions and both are extremely easy to grow. This late August picture shows them in their full glory.

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Mojave sage (Salvia pachyphylla) is shown here in full bloom in August. This area receives very little supplemental water, and the soil is very well-drained. Shown here: manzanita (Arctostaphylos) on the left, blue flax (Linum perenne) to the right, and framed by southwestern hyssops (Agastache) in front and behind.

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