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Salvia

Salvia, like penstemon, is another surefire winner for your garden. Salvias bear spikes of blooms in a wide array of colors—from bold red to true blue—on heat- and drought-resistant plants. Many have extended bloom seasons, and are favorites of hummingbirds and butterflies. Try one and it's likely to become one of your favorite plants (with a low-maintenance bonus).

Plant Name: Salvia farinacea

Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 2 feet tall and wide

Grow It With: Creeping phlox, which makes a great skirt for the plant

Zones: 8-11

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