Blue Queen Salvia - Heat- and drought-resistant hybrid explodes with plump spikes in midsummer. Flowers have long staying power well into fall. It is an excellent choice for cut-flower arrangements, and can be dried as well. Salvia is easy to care for with a good resistance to pests and disease. Grows 15-18" tall, 12-18" wide.
Nepeta faassenii (Catmint) Photo by Charles Mann The variety 'Six Hills Giant' (to 3 ft.) is widely available, as are two shorter, white-flowered types: 'Snowflake' (14 in.) and 'White Wonder' (1 1/2 to 2 ft.). A darker blue form called 'Select Blue' was introduced by High Country Gardens (800/925-9387).