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Life After Lawn: This sage makes bees happy

Bee’s Bliss sage lives up to its name, making bees and other beneficial insects very happy. It has low water needs.
Bee’s Bliss sage lives up to its name, making bees and other beneficial insects very happy. It has low water needs.

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.

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.

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