This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.
Red autumn sage
Salvia greggii “Flame”
Size: Under 4 feet tall
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Bloom season: Spring, summer, fall
Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks. Prune to maintain compact shape.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Snapshot: Its nickname is autumn sage, but that belies its long bloom season. This colorful shrub actually produces loads of bright orange-red flowers from spring until frost. These showy blooms are a hummingbird magnet. Beneficial insects like them, too. This drought- and heat-tolerant favorite thrives in Sacramento gardens with little care or water. You can see specimens in bloom in the Arboretum’s Terrace Garden and the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.
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