Guide to low-maintenance gardening

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Salvia clevelandii
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Salvia clevelandii 

Purple-blue flower spikes rise above aromatic gray-green foliage in early summer. This sage, from Southern California and northern Baja, grows 3 to 5 feet tall, and 5 to 8 feet wide. Zones 8, 9, and 12–24.

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