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    Salvia greggii Autumn Sage

    This plant is one of my go to plants for color and texture.  Usually about 3' x3' it is low water once estblished and low maintenance.  It can be lightly pruned back the end of Fall for a more dense appearance.  This plant tends to bloom from the start of spring until first frost.  It is adored by hummingbirds and adds color in a delicate fashion so it is not bold and showy unless used in mass.  This plant mixes well with other sage and low water plants and using plants of different heights as layers can add dimension to a garden bed.  Be sure not to over irrigate this plant or like lavender it will rot and die early in the garden.  Most woody perennial plants of this type have a lifespan of about 5-7 years so when they look gnarled and woody it is time to replace them. 

    Sometimes you can find bicolor options but if it is Salvia microphylla then be careful becasue they can get 5'x5' and look very much the same at the nursery.  Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' is bicolored red and white.