Guide to low-maintenance gardening

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purple Southwest perennial
Photo by Ernst Kucklich

Agastache rugosa

In the Southwest, swap in Agastache rugosa (shown) for Lavandula multifida. 

Agastache rugosa: Stems of glossy green, licorice-scented leaves reach 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. This perennial from Korea has purple-blue summer flowers that hummingbirds love. Zones 4–24.

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