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Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.
Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.
Naming this natty Salvia "small leaves" is like identifying
a Ferrari by its tires. The long blooming scarlet-red
flowers and thick wine-red stems, which are inscribed
with a notable silver-white stripe running down each
side, provide dynamic counterpoints to pleasantly
scented, lustrous green serrated leaves. Indigenous to
southeastern Arizona and Mexico's mountainous regions,
where it is known as "myrtle of the mountain",
our cutting propagated strain forges a dense, shrubby
evergreen patch. The proud parent of many popular
cultivars, its steadfast good looks promise a lot of
Size: 3' high x 3' wide. Zone 8/9.
Salvia microphylla (P-0129)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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