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East Friesland Salvia - A favorite for its long bloom season, East Friesland salvia is a mound-shape plant with spikes of violet-purple flowers in summer and fall. It attracts a lot of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden.
Lovely purple flower spikes set off the gray-green foliage of Walker's Low catmint. Give the plant a haircut after its initial flush of flowers in late spring to keep it compact and initiate another cycle of bloom. Count on catmint to be low-maintenance and stand up to hot and dry conditions.
ATTENTION low-maintenance gardeners: This independent perennial might be just what you're looking for.
Mojave Sage Among the most beautiful of the sages, Mojave sage offers beautiful pink blooms that look good well into fall. Even when not in bloom, its gray-green foliage is lovely. Like other salvias, it's great for hummingbirds and butterflies. And it's a great cut flower. Name: Salvia pachyphylla Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall
May Night' Salvia with dark purple spikes that contrast nicely against light-colored flowers or white-variegated foliage. Award-winner. Holds up against heat, drought, deer, and rabbits.