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Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' fragrant sage
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Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman'

(fragrant sage)

Floriferous native shrubby sage prized for its intense violet-blue flowers and sweetly fragrant foliage. ‘Winnifred Gilman’ has a nice compact habit to around 3 ft. tall. Well suited for sunny areas with good drainage and occasional summer water. Deer and drought tolerant; attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia clevelandii x 'Kaleidoscope' sage
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Salvia clevelandii x 'Kaleidoscope'

(sage)

This striking new introduction features rosy-purple flowers in whorls atop dense, grey foliage. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a nice and compact sage, only reaching to 2 – 3 ft. high and slowly spreading to form a small drift about 4 ft. wide. It is proving to be quite a garden tolerant Salvia and resistant to disease, though we are still evaluating it. Enjoys full sun and occasional to no irrigation once established. Needs decent drainage. An excellent plant for bees and butterflies. This selection was discovered by Terry Loveton in her west Sonoma County garden. Deer resistant.
Salvia coahuilensis 'Purple Ginny' Coahuila sage
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Salvia coahuilensis 'Purple Ginny'

(Coahuila sage)

Graceful perennial hybrid sage to 2 ft. tall and spreading. A liberal bloomer, with vivid deep purple flowers summer and fall. Needs good drainage with moderate to occasional water. Plant in full sun to very light shade. Attracts hummingbirds and bees. Deer resistant.
Salvia darcyi  Galeana sage
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Salvia darcyi

(Galeana sage)

A red flowering sage from high elevation Mexico, with very large flowers from early summer on through fall.  Can reach 3 - 4 ft. high, spreading to form a small colony. Prefers good drainage in full sun to light shade. Moderate water. All sorts of pollinators are attracted to this long blooming perennial and it's a hummingbird favorite. Cut to the ground in early spring.  Deer resistant.
Salvia greggii  autumn sage
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Salvia greggii

(autumn sage)

Highly variable species, this form of Salvia greggii grows to around 4 foot tall. Blooming far longer than just autumn, this sage will flower throughout the summer and fall with bright red flowers on the branch tips. Grows in full sun to light shade (especially in hottest areas) with moderate summer watering. More drought tolerant in coastal areas. Benefits from annual pruning in the spring to shape plants and remove any dead wood. Deer resistant. A hummingbird and bee favorite.

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Salvia greggii 'Coral'

Here’s a winning sage. Grows 3 X 3 ft. with neat, aromatic leaves. The coral-colored blossoms are produced in abundance summer through fall and are pollinator favorites. Plant in full sun with moderate to occasional summer water. Deer and drought tolerant.

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Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red'

(Furman's Red Sage)

Selected in the 1970’s and a Plant Select winner in 2005, this dependable selection persists in the trade for its profuse displays of dark-red flowers and cold tolerance. Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 ft. wide with light-green, aromatic foliage. The magenta blossoms can bloom spring through fall and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Prefers full sun with decent drainage and is drought tolerant once established. Deer resisitant.    
Salvia greggii 'Mirage Soft Pink' autumn sage
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Salvia greggii 'Mirage Soft Pink'

(autumn sage)

Yet another hybrid sage offering a compact, mounding, growth habit of bright green, aromatic foliage and abundant, long blooming flowers of soft lavender-pink. Growing 12 - 14 inches tall and wide with stand out floral displays from late spring through summer and fall. Plant in full sun to light shade with moderate watering. The long blooming splash of color attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Good container plant.  
Salvia greggii 'Moonlight'
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Salvia greggii 'Moonlight'

A Suncrest Nursery selection, this sage forms a compact shrub of bright green aromatic foliage, 2 ft. tall by 2ft. or more wide. Masses of beautiful creamy-yellow flowers bloom over a long period spring thru fall and blend beautifully with other colors. Easy to grow in full sun to light shade with moderate watering. Pollinator favorite. Deer resistant.  
Salvia greggii 'Puebla Cherry'
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Salvia greggii 'Puebla Cherry'

Free flowering perennial sage growing 18 - 24 inches tall and wide. Summer brings an abundance of two-tone flowers of glowing red with a fuzzy purple upper lip. Good garden performer in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional water once established. Deer resistant. Pollinator favorite.
Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff'

(purple sage)

Selected by Carol Bornstein for its vivid rosy-pink flowers, this willing grower starts out as a low mounding shrub, eventually getting very large, reaching 5 ft. or more tall by 10 ft. or more wide. The fragrant silvery foliage is a lovely foil for the large flower heads on 12 inch stalks. Perfect choice for sunny banks where it can sprawl freely and is excellent for erosion control. Drought tolerant, particularly along the coast, but appreciates an occasional summer watering. A bee and hummingbird favorite. Deer and drought resistant.
Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Figueroa'

(purple sage)

A beautiful selection of the native gray sage. Forms a compact shrub 3 - 4 ft. tall and wider. The gorgeous whitish-gray foliage is topped with long stems of lavender-pink flowers in whorls. Good choice for a dry sunny bank where it is heat, drought and deer tolerant. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal' purple sage
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Salvia leucophylla 'Point Sal'

(purple sage)

A compact form of the native gray sage. Grows 2 ft. or so tall by 4 ft. or more wide. Evergreen shrub with beautiful silvery, aromatic foliage and pale lavender-pink flowers in whorls. Useful in dry sunny areas.  Attracts bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  melissodora  grape-scented sage
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Salvia melissodora

(grape-scented sage)

A graceful, upright, shrubby sage with a pleasing scent, from the Sierra Madre Occidental region of Mexico. Grows 6 ft. tall by 4 ft. wide, but can be trimmed to stay smaller. Long blooming with fragrant, nectar rich, violet-lavender flowers that are highly attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade with good drainage and moderate water. Somewhat drought tolerant, but best with watering at 10 day to 2 week intervals. Hardy to around 20 degrees, though a well established plant or one planted against a wall or protected spot can recover from bouts of cold. Because of its long bloom period and dependable nectar supply, this is a powerhouse for the habitat garden. 
Salvia mellifera  black sage
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Salvia mellifera

(black sage)

California’s most common sage occurring in coastal scrub and chaparral communities from the San Francisco Bay Area south into Baja. Grows 3 - 5 ft. tall and wide with textured, highly aromatic foliage. Flowers in late spring with tight whorls of small whitish to pale lavender blossoms. Flowers are not super showy, but renowned as an excellent source of nectar for bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade where it is tough, drought tolerant and deer resistant. No additional water is required once established.

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Salvia mellifera 'Green Carpet'

(green carpet sage)

Mounding and spreading evergreen shrub growing 2 - 3 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide.  Deep green fragrant foliage with nice medium blue flowers in late spring.  Excellent groundcover for full sun with reasonable drainage.  Little to no summer water once established. An excellent habitat plant providing cover and food for wildlife.  The flowers are magnets for bees and hummingbirds, the seeds are relished by goldfinches and quail. Deer resistant.
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' black sage
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Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca'

(black sage)

Here is an interesting form of the normally upright, native black sage. 'Terra Seca' grows to about 2 1/2 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Perfect for a dry sunny bank where it will cover the ground densely and thickly. It will spill over a wall beautifully. The flowers are pale lavender. Deer and drought resistant. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds.
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze' sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze'

(sage)

The Salvia ‘Heatwave Series’ are selections from Salvia greggii / microphylla crosses. ‘Heatwave Blaze’ offers displays of dark crimson flowers over a long period from summer into fall. Compact, rounded habit, growing 30 inches tall by 36 inches wide.  Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant but best with an occasional deep watering during the growing season. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Deer resistant.    
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer' sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer'

(sage)

Another selection from the Heatwave Series, bred in Australia for compact habit and heat resistance. Growing around 2 ft. tall, this floriferous sage offers creamy-white flowers with a hint of pink. The abundant blossoms are set off by handsome black calyces and appeal to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant but best with occasional deep watering during the growing season. Deer resistant.
Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure' mountain sage
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Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure'

(mountain sage)

A hybrid of uncertain parentage, offering long blooming flowers on compact plants. Growing 18" - 24" tall and wide with good sized, light purple flowers over a long period, spring through fall. Prefers good drainage in full sun to light shade with moderate to occasional summer water. Attracts a wide array of pollinators and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.  
Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival' San Carlos festival sage
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Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival'

(San Carlos festival sage)

Introduced by Yucca Do Nursery of Texas, this sage blooms profusely summer-fall with rich magenta-pink flowers. Handsome textured leaves and nice compact habit to 2 to 2-1/2 ft. tall and wide. Requires good drainage, occasional water and little else. A hummingbird and bee favorite. Deer resistant.
Salvia officinalis 'Robert Grimm' dwarf culinary sage
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Salvia officinalis 'Robert Grimm'

(dwarf culinary sage)

An interesting cultivar of the culinary sage, ‘Robert Grimm’ grows only 8 inches tall and spreading to form a good-sized mat in time to 3 - 4 ft. wide. The silvery evergreen foliage is topped with spikes of beautiful blue flowers in the late spring. Wants good drainage, full sun to light shade with moderate to a little summer water. Deer don’t seem to eat it.

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Salvia pachyphylla

(rose sage)

Native to southern California deserts, this beautiful silvery shrub of intensely aromatic foliage grows 18 - 30 inches tall and wide. Spikes of densely packed whorls with large violet-blue flowers bloom over a long period in summer. This striking sage requires full sun with excellent drainage, where it will be extremely drought tolerant once established. A magnet for pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia sonomensis  Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis

(Sonoma sage)

Sonoma sage is a wonderful native perennial and can be a serviceable groundcover if its needs are met. Good drainage is a must and it performs best with light shade. Water plants to get established-very drought tolerant, will NOT tolerate regular summer water. Mat forming, flowers rise to about 6 inches above the foliage and are lavender-blue. This species attracts bees and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Salvia  sonomensis 'Greenberg Gray' Sonoma sage
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Salvia sonomensis 'Greenberg Gray'

(Sonoma sage)

We named this wonderful gray-leaved form of the Sonoma sage for Katherine Greenberg who had it growing in her beautiful Lafayette garden. This striking species forms a ground hugging carpet of leaves with charming, blue-purple flowers in late spring on stems up to 6 inches tall. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the blossoms. Needs lightly dappled shade and excellent drainage with little to no water once established. Great under manzanitas. Deer resistant.

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