Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican Marigold, Mountain Marigold)

Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican Marigold, Mountain Marigold) A bushy evergreen shrub with highly aromatic foliage that grows 4-6 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. It is native to southern Arizona and northern Mexico and can be found growing in the mountain canyons at 4,000 – 8,000 foot elevations. As the “ii” at the end of the species name indicates, this plant was named after someone with the surname Lemmon. It was discovered by a husband and wife team of botanists by the name of John Gill (J.G.) Lemmon and Sara Plummer Lemmon. They traveled extensively in the west and discovered this plant in southeastern Arizona in the early 1880’s. Tagetes lemmonii (pronounced tah-JEE-deez lem-mon-ee-eye) is a plan

Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides This compact salvia has a loosely mounding habit and grows 18 – 24 inches tall and 24 – 36 inches wide. The vivid sapphire blue flowers have a trumpet shape with a distinctive lower “lip” and appear almost year-round, with its peak bloom season being mid-spring through late-fall. The blooms contrast beautifully with the bright silvery-grey-green foliage. This is a good choice if you are looking for a flowering perennial to add contrast and interest to your landscape. Like most Salvias, chamaedryoides is quite aromatic and it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The branches on this salvia can be a bit brittle and might break off if handled roughly, so it is best

Salvia hybrid ‘Wendy’s Wish’ PP 21889

Salvia hybrid ‘Wendy’s Wish’ PP 21889 A stunning perennial salvia that has brilliant magenta colored tubular flowers with fluted tips and a pinkish-brown calyx. The stems are dark maroon and the leaves are dark green with a glossy appearance and serrated margins. ‘Wendy’s Wish’ has a compact yet open growth habit and grows 3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. It provides great impact in the landscape if mass planted and also adds a vivid pop of color in mixed container gardens. This lovely plant was originally discovered in the Victoria, Australia garden of salvia enthusiast Wendy Smith. It was found growing next to Salvia mexicana ‘Lolly’. The legend states that Ms. Smith’s wish was that a part

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