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Regional Picks: Late Season Wonders – Mountain West

Fine Gardening - Issue 189

1. Azure Blue Sage

Name: Salvia azurea

Zones: 4–9

Size: 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil

Native Range: Southeastern United States

This sage is a welcome addition to any water-wise garden because of its beauty and its minimal maintenance demands. Its spikes of late-season flowers are particularly attractive to bumblebees (which are frequently found hanging from the tubular petals), other pollinating insects, and hummingbirds. The plant can grow to a towering height before flowering and may flop over if not supported. Encourage more compact growth by pruning it to half its height early in the season.

2. Moon Carrot

Name: Seseli gummiferum

Zones: 5–9

Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; adapts to a wide range of soils

Native Range: Eastern Europe

With moon carrot around, your garden will be humming with pollinators of all stripes late into summer. Its inflorescence…

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