Red Mountain Salvia
You know one of our most adapted plants for this area is salvia. There are all different kinds and this is a brand new one. I think it's the most spectacular salvia or sage that's ever put on the market. It's available this year for the very first time. It's called Red Mountain Salvia or Red Mountain Sage.
I don't know the difference between salvia and sage, but the most common salvia that you fool with is one called Salvia Greggii or Cherry Sage or something like that. But the problem with it is it's sort of a week perennial. It gets ugly, especially if you don't cut it down. And if you cut it down too severely, and I'm talking about with a lawn mower, if you cut it down too severely the problem is it sometimes will kill it.
This does not have that problem. It layers from the bottom, it spreads from the bottom, and can even be used for erosion control as well as the best attractant for wildlife. I'm talking about bees, birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and all that type of thing. Of course all the salvia and sage are very attractive to those, but this is spectacular though because it blooms right through the hottest part of the summer.
So try some Red Mountain Sage this year and it will beautify your summer. And the good news is it's a perennial, so it will come back year after year until death do you part.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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