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    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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Silver sage (Salvia argentea) was one of the first plants promoted through Plant Select® in 1997. At that time, we loved it for its large basel rosettes of silvery, hairy leaves. This photo was taken in the later afternoon in mid-summer allowing the backlighting to make these plants literally shine.

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.

grounded design by Thomas Rainer: Pleasure Garden. Nasella tenuissema, Salvia cordona

blue allium (Allium caeruleum) bulbs

Drought resistant -Russian Sage-We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it

Add trailing Rosemary, juniper or westringa glauca to corners of the property. Add brown flowy grasses to the inside corner of hedging

Shanti butterfly garden designed by Westover Landscape Design.

Perennials are plants which return each spring after dying back in the fall. These returning beauties can reduce garden maintenance, the cost of upkeep; plus hardy choice perennials can add drama to almost any landscape. When two or more perennials are mixed together the resulting beauty is often more impressive than the sum of the individual parts! Find these in Memphis, TN.

Rock garden water feature -calm and alive at the same time

Autumn Sage-Salvias are tough to beat just about everywhere. Autumn sage is an especially fine species that bears evergreen foliage and clusters of red, purple, pink, or violet flowers from late summer through autumn. Like most salvias, this is a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. Name: Salvia greggii Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall Zones: 7-9