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Salvia azurea/pitcheri
  • Common name: Azure Blue Sage
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

Azure Blue Sage is a tall, late-blooming Salvia. Brilliant blue tubular flowers on slender, arching stems provide dramatic late- season color in the garden. Disappears in winter and comes booming back from the roots in spring. Great late-season food source for bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! Tolerates clay. Firewise.

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Salvia darcyi
  • Common name: Darcy Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 3' x 3'
  • Native to: Mexico

A stunningly beautiful Salvia from high in the mountains of N. Mexico. Attracts hummingbirds, bees. Firewise.

Salvia nemorosa Blue Queen
  • Common name: Blue Queen Salvia
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
  • Native to: Eurasia

Blue Queen Salvia has spikes of violet-blue flowers in summer; tolerates intense heat and drought. Cut back after bloom for quick re-bloom. Magnet for honeybees and butterflies! Tolerates clay. Firewise.

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Salvia officinalis-Berggarten
  • Common name: Berggarten Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 36 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Berggarten Sage is a beautiful and distinctive cultivar or ordinary garden sage with huge leaves and few flowers. Excellent evergreen foliage and culinary plant. Tolerates clay. Firewise.

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Salvia officinalis-Dwarf
  • Common name: Dwarf Culinary Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or part shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 4-6'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dwarf Culinary Sage grows into a shrub covered with a dense mound of edible leaves. Covered with showy lavender-blue flowers in early summer, it becomes a magnet for honeybees. Unlike ordinary culinary sage, this dwarf form is completely evergreen, creating a beautiful gray-green mound in the winter garden. Tolerates clay and shade. Firewise.

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Salvia officinalis-Variegated
  • Common name: Golden Garden Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Golden Garden Sage is a variegated variety of culinary sage. Attractive mounds of yellow-green leaves, highly variegated. Use in cooking like garden sage. Evergreen. Firewise.

 

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Salvia pachyphylla
  • Common name: Giant Flowered Purple Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Western US

Giant Flowered Purple Sage is a tough, heat-tolerant summer-bloomer with spectacular clumps of deep purple flowers.Attractive gray-green foliage remains in winter. Needs well-drained soil. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Tolerates clay.

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Saponaria ocymoides
  • Common name: Rock Soapwort
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8" x 12-18"
  • Native to: Europe

Rock Soapwort is a vigorous, mounding plant, covered with small pink flowers in the spring. Beautiful for edging a sunny border or spilling over rock walls or the edges of large planters. To maintain a compact habit, prune plants back hard immediately after blooming. Firewise.

Saponaria x lempbergii
  • Common name: Giant Soapwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5" and sprawling
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Late blooming, vigorous groundcover with large light purple flowers. Large-scale groundcover. Firewise.

Schizachyrium scoparium
  • Common name: Little Bluestem
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Little Bluestem is a fine-textured, blue-gray warm season bunch grass turning spectacular shades of orange, red and purple in autumn. Dramatic garden accent for four seasons.

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Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’
  • Common name: Dragon's Blood Sedum
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dragon’s Blood Sedum is a deep red creeping groundcover contrasts nicely with green neighbors. Tough and tolerant of some shade. Firewise.

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Sedum grisebachii
  • Common name: Grisebach's Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This unusual sedum, with tiny leaves packed on short stems, has a bristly appearance and contrasts nicely with other sedums. Great for rock gardens, edging, pathways. Evergreen. Firewise.

Sedum middendorffianum
  • Common name: Chinese Mountain Stonecrop
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Asia

Chinese Mountain Stonecrop is an attractive and unique stonecrop and features handsome, evergreen foliage topped by two-tone yellow and orange flowers. Exceptional! Firewise.

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Sedum rupestre
  • Common name: Rocky Stonecrop
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Rocky Stonecrop is an odd and charming sedum, resembling undersea creatures.Great for rock gardens, or simply filling in between larger plants in a landscape. Firewise.

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Sedum sp.
  • Common name: Green Mound Sedum
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This compact mounding sedum is very useful in the landscape for small border areas and evergreen structure. Grown for foliage rather than flowers. Firewise.

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Sedum sp.
  • Common name: Sedum "Large Pink"
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This large, mounding sedum blooms pink in the fall. Earlier in the summer, its handsome mound of succulent leaves is a great addition to any xeriscape. Firewise.

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Sorghastrum nutans
  • Common name: Indian Grass
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 1-3 ft.
  • Native to: Western, Central U.S.

Indian Grass is an elegant native warm-season bunchgrass, turning yellow-bronze in fall, great winter accent. Yellow seed heads with whitish hairs shimmer silver and gold in late summer. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types.

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Tanacetum densum
  • Common name: Partridge Feather
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. & spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Partridge Feather is a low-growing, no-care tough, grey-green groundcover with lovely feather-shaped leaves. Good for sun or part shade, little water. Evergreen.

Teucrium prostratum
  • Common name: Creeping Germander
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Creeping Germander has dark evergreen leaves on small woody plant; makes excellent ground cover for sun or part-shade. Tiny lavender flowers mid-summer. Evergreen.

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Thymus cv. “Lemon Frost”
  • Common name: Lemon Frost Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Lemon Frost Thyme really lives up to its name. A rapid grower with wonderful lemon scent, it is perfect for covering large segments of ground. White bloom looks like frosting. Very evergreen.

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Thymus cv. “Reiter’s”
  • Common name: Reiter's Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Reiter’s Thyme has tight leaves spread quickly to conceal the ground and display brilliant dark pink spring flowers. Fast-growing, continually spreading easy ground cover. Attracts honey bees.

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Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Elfin”
  • Common name: Elfin Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Elfin Thyme is a slowly spreading dwarf thyme, perfect for the rock garden. Small leaves tightly blanket the ground. Pink flowers in spring.

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Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Pink Chintz”
  • Common name: Pink Chintz Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Pink Chintz Thyme is a tight, fairly slow-growing groundcover. Pink flowers nestle with the foliage and do not need dead-heading

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Thymus praecox arcticus cv. “Woolly”
  • Common name: Woolly Thyme
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 in. x 18 in. (or more)
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Woolly Thyme is a mostly non-flowering vigorous ground cover, suitable for thyme lawns. Grey-greens leaves acquire purple hues in winter. Easy and gorgeous!

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Veronica incana
  • Common name: Silver Speedwell
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Silver Speedwell has deep purple/blue flowers in early summer on 10” flower spikes over attractive gray-green foliage. The evergreen foliage serves as a small-scale groundcover.

Veronica pectinata
  • Common name: Wooly Veronica
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Eurasia

Wooly Veronica is a vigorous xeric ground-cover. Woolly evergreen foliage creates a handsome, dense gray-green carpet, covered in early spring with blue bell-like flowers. Does best in part shade, works well crawling under shrubs.