This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Bee’s Bliss purple sage
Salvia “Bee’s Bliss”
Size: Up to 2 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide.
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Bloom season: Lavender blue whorls of flowers in spring.
Exposure: Full sun.
Pruning needs: Tip prune when young to encourage bushy growth.
Water needs: Low water; once established, this shrub requires only a few deep irrigations in summer.
Snapshot: Want to make bees buzz with delight? Plant this pretty sage. Bee’s Bliss purple sage is a California native hybrid that offers a lot of bloom with little water. A low-growing, heat- and drought-tolerant salvia, Bee’s Bliss features gray-green foliage and profuse lavender blue flowers in spring. These blooms attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds – but not deer. Bee’s Bliss is a good choice for slopes or to spill over edges of retaining walls. Tough and long-lived, it needs little irrigation in summer.
For more on “Life After Lawn,” click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.