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Almost Red, White and Blue Buffer



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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.

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(Almost Red, White & Blue Hell Strip Mix) It's kind of red, sort of white, definitely blue and very gold. That's why we call this Agastache and Salvia combo our Almost Red, White & Blue Hell Strip Mix. These sturdy plants represent diversity and live comfortably with conditions that would mean adversity for other plants.

They are an international gathering of species with roots in the American Southwest, Asia, Mexico and South Africa. By fighting adversity, we mean that they defy heat and drought. But forget about cold; these plants are made for warmer USDA Zone 8 winters.

By purchasing these beauties (six plants in all) as a group, you receive a discount. The mix contains:

• 3 Kudos Yellow Anise Hyssop (Agastache 'Kudos Yellow'), an Oregon hybrid of Southwestern and Asian natives

• 1 Marine Blue Sage (Salvia chamaedryoides x 'Marine Blue'), a heavenly groundcover from Mexico

• 1 Pilgrim's Rest Pink Sage (Salvia dolomitica) from South America that actually has white and lilac blossoms and

• 1 Silke's Dream Salvia (Salvia 'Silke's Dream'), an accidental cross between Southwestern and Mexican species that has red-orange flowers and was discovered by botanist Art Petley in Austin, Texas.

Hell strips are sorry excuses for landscaping, such as dry, weedy patches of grass between sidewalk and roadway. They are parts of the landscape that often are difficult to reach with a garden hose.

We've adopted the term for combos featuring some of our prettiest yet toughest waterwise plants for dry, full-sun conditions. All FBTS hell strip gardens contain plants about 30 inches tall or less in order to meet municipal rules about good sightlines to the street.

Our Almost Red, White & Blue Hell Strip Mix covers an area roughly 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. It leaves sufficient space between plants for healthy aeration when mature and allows the addition of equally drought-resistant succulents, such as sedums, and other low growing, low water plants.

Both Kudos Yellow Anise Hyssop and Silke's Dream Salvia attract honeybees and hummingbirds. Deer, however, pass up all the plants in this kind-of-sort-of-patriotic collection.

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AlmostRed, White and Blue Buffer
USDA Zones  
8 - 9
Exposure  
Full sun
Soil type  
Any well drained
Water needs  
Average
Pot size  
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?  
Yes
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Exposure

Full sun
Full sun
Heat tolerant
Heat tolerant

Growing Habit

8 - 9
8 - 9




Ground cover
Ground cover
Perennial
Perennial

Water Needs

Average water
Average water
Drought resistant
Drought resistant

Blooming Season

Fall blooming
Fall blooming
Summer blooming
Summer blooming

Wildlife

Honeybees
Honeybees
Deer resistant
Deer resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
  • Agastache cana 'Sinning'

    (Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop) An abundance of lavender-rose flowers mark Agastache cana 'Sinning' as being unique from the typical purple-flowered plants of its species. Colorado plantsman Duane Sinning discovered this lovely hybrid.

    Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop was developed by Plant Select, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Colorado State University. Plant Select promotes production of and education about xeriscapic, drought-resistant plants.

    Agastache is Greek for "many flower spikes." Cana describes the plant's gray foliage, which has a pleasant anise or licorice-like fragrance. Common names for this species include Mosquito Plant, Texas Hummingbird Mint and Double Bubble Mint.

    The trademarked name refers to the Sonoran Desert and the lovely sunset purples at end of day in the plant's native American Southwest. Aside from resisting drought, Sonoran Sunset® tolerates heat and cold. Put all these characteristics together and you have an intoxicating species that excels in semi-arid climates.

    Sonoran Sunset is a full sun plant that is easy to grow but requires excellent drainage. Get its conditions right and you will be rewarded with the happy buzz of butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.

    Don't expect deer to bother this mint family (Lamiaceae) plant. Similar to Salvias and other minty relatives, Agastaches contain chemicals that don't appeal to hooved wildlife.

    Photo courtesy of Plant Select®.

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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

    (Kudos Coral Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of deep coral flowers are accented by mid-green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Coral is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    Agastaches are ideal companion plants for Salvias and beneficial choices for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- they thrive in low-fertility soils, but need excellent drainage.

    Kudos Coral is a fragrant, long-blooming Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries.


    Most Agastaches are native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. These are the most heat- and drought-tolerant members of the genus. In contrast, some species -- such as the Asian Agastache rugosa -- can handle more moisture and colder winters. This one does well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5.

    By crossing Southwestern species with varieties of Agastache rugosa, you gain the best of both types as in the Kudos Series. Kudos Agastaches are more compact, floriferous, long flowering and weather-resistant than most Agastaches. Their non-browning calyces create long-lasting color that endures even when blossoms are gone.

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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

    (Kudos Mandarin Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of creamy orange flowers are accented by deep green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Mandarin is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    Agastaches are ideal companion plants for Salvias and beneficial choices for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- they thrive in low-fertility soils, but need excellent drainage.

    Kudos Mandarin is a fragrant, long-blooming Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries.

    Most Agastaches are native to the Southwest and Northern Mexico. These are the most heat- and drought-tolerant members of the genus. In contrast, some species -- such as the Asian Agastache rugosa -- can handle more moisture and colder winters.

    By crossing Southwestern species with varieties of Agastache rugosa, you gain the best of both types as in the Kudos Series. This one grows well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5. Kudos Agastaches are more tidy and upright, floriferous, long flowering and weather-resistant than most Agastaches. Their non-browning calyces create long-lasting color that endures even when blossoms are gone.

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  • Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'

    (Kudos Yellow Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Flowers by the Sea is one of the first nurseries nationwide to grow Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'. This is one of the best deep yellow Agastaches we've found, due to its large, dense flower spikes and bushy, upright form.

    Kudos Yellow Hybrid Anise Hyssop is long blooming. It has lance-shaped, mid-green leaves and green calyxes that don't turn brown when the flowers die. As its common name implies, this sage has a licorice-like fragrance.

    Most Agastaches are Southwestern and Mexican types known for resisting heat and drought. Cross these species with the Asian Agastache rugosa -- as Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries has done in its Kudos series -- and you get vigorous, cold tolerant varieties that can handle more moisture. This one also has good resistance to downy mildew.

    Kudos Yellow is made for full sun. Similar to so many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae) -- such as sages -- it thrives in low-fertility soils, but needs excellent drainage. It is an ideal companion plant for sages and a beneficial choice for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. Deer just walk on by.

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  • Anisacanthus wrightii 'Pumpkin Orange'

    (Orange Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its clear, pumpkin-orange trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    Orange Texas Firecracker is a subshrub, which means that it combines soft, herbaceous perennial foliage with some woodiness. It has slender, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. Trim it back in late winter for better form and fuller spring growth.

    Although related to the Bears Breeches genus (Acanthus), Orange Texas Firecracker lacks the thorny sepals of those plants. Anisacanthus is Greek for "without thorns" and quadrifidus refers to the four petals of its flower. The phrase var. Wrightii means that this is a variation of the native Texas species named for American botanist Charles Wright (1811-1885). Beginning in 1837, Wright spent 15 years collecting extensively in Texas.

    This is a mid-height, heat-tolerant species that loves full sun. Orange Texas Firecracker resists drought, but thrives with average watering based on local conditions. For pyrotechnical color in the garden, mix it with the deep orange flowers of Texas Firecracker (Anisacanthus wrightii) and the crimson blossoms of Red Texas Firecracker ( Anisacanthus wrightii 'Select Red').

    Don't worry about deer; this plant isn't to their taste.

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  • Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle'

    (Mango Popsicle Hot Poker) This genus has become very popular in the last few years - for good reason. They feed hummingbirds & honeybees, and attract butterflies. And this superior variety from Oregon's TerraNova Nurseries is compact, free blooming and amazingly hardy.

    In 2011 and 2012 we grew dozens of the new Kniphofia varieties, and only a few stood out from the pack. This is absolutely our favorite. One of our nursery friends in Portland, Oregon said that it continued to bloom through January, even though the foliage was covered with a foot of snow.

    We don't grow many non-Salvias, and when we do it has to be special. This is one of those very, very good new plants. A must have plant.

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  • Kniphofia 'Poco Orange'

    (Poco Orange Dwarf Hot Poker) Flowers by the Sea is the first U.S. nursery to grow Kniphofia 'Poco Orange' -- a dwarf Hot Poker that is several inches shorter than the Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle' when in bloom.

    Hot Poker is native to southern Africa. Oregon's innovative Terra Nova Nurseries developed both of these hybrids.

    Similar to Terra Nova's Popsicle series of Hot Poker plants, the new Poco series features tidy clumping of grassy, green foliage from which bright, long blooming flower spikes arise. This one is especially attractive to hummingbirds and doesn't appeal to deer.

    We grow a number of Terra Nova Kniphofias and can attest to their super-long bloom times. All are full-sun perennials that appreciate regular watering yet are drought resistant.

    Aside from being wildlife friendly, this easy-to-grow perennial tolerates cold and heat. Poco Orange Dwarf Hot Poker works well in Salvia gardens due to its low demand for both water and fertilizer.

    Sometimes Kniphofias are referred to as Torch Lilies due to their shape as well as their fiery look, which helps light up the landscape -- especially when mixed with hot-colored Salvias.

    FBTS is growing an increasing number of Salvia companions. Poco Orange, which forms eye-catching groundcover, is one of our favorites.

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  • Kniphofia 'Poco Red'

    (Poco Red Dwarf Hot Poker) Flowers by the Sea is the first U.S. nursery to grow Kniphofia 'Poco Red' -- a dwarf Hot Poker that is about two inches shorter than the already petite Kniphofia 'Redhot Popsicle'.

    Hot Poker is native to southern Africa. Oregon's innovative Terra Nova Nurseries developed both of these hybrids.

    Similar to Terra Nova's Popsicle series of Hot Poker plants, the new Poco series features tidy clumping of grassy, green foliage from which bright, long blooming flower spikes arise. This one is especially attractive to butterflies whereas Redhot Popsicle also attracts hummingbirds. Neither one appeals to deer.

    Poco Red Dwarf Hot Poker is a full-sun perennial that appreciates regular watering yet is drought resistant. We grow a number of Terra Nova Kniphofias and can attest to their super-long bloom times.

    Aside from being wildlife friendly, this easy-to-grow perennial tolerates cold and heat. It works well in Salvia gardens due to its low demand for both water and fertilizer.

    Sometimes Kniphofias are referred to as Torch Lilies due to their shape as well as their fiery look, which helps light up the landscape -- especially when mixed with hot-colored Salvias.

    FBTS is growing an increasing number of Salvia companions. Poco Red, which forms eye-catching groundcover, is one of our favorites.

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  • Salvia 'Silke's Dream'

    (Silke's Dream Salvia) Large red-orange blossoms combine with heart-shaped, light green, heavily veined leaves in this large, long-blooming sage. It's a subshrub, which means it is a perennial that combines soft, herbaceous growth with some woodiness.

    Horticulturist Art Petley discovered this accidental cross of Salvia darcyi and Salvia microphylla in an Austin, Texas, garden. Salvia microphylla is native to the American Southwest and grows throughout Mexico. In contrast, Salvia darcyi is from northeastern Mexico where Texas plant explorers Carl Schoenfeld and John G. Fairey of Yucca Do Nursery collected it in the Galeana area of Nuevo Leon.

    Although not as cold tolerant as its related hybrid, Vermilion Bluffs® Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl'), Silke's Dream thrives in a broad range of USDA zones. It is a full-sun sage that tolerates heat and drought, but appreciates average watering based on your local conditions.

    Trim back Silke's Dream after its first round of bloom for a reprise of profuse blossoms in autumn. Honeybees and hummingbirds love its nectar and pollen.

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  • Salvia chamaedryoides x ‘Marine Blue’

    (Marine Blue Sage) The name and origin of this fine cultivar has long been in dispute. It may be a clone or hybrid of the Mexican plant Salvia chamaedryoidesvar.isochroma. It is one of the prettiest, strongest sages we grow.

    Our Marine Blue Sage blooms almost nonstop, producing long spikes of small dark blue flowers marked with bee lines that help lead pollinators into the blossoms. The leaves are small, wrinkled and wooly with silver-white tops and greenish undersides. In a sunny spot, the plant forms a tidy mat of ground cover 18 inches tall and 36 inches wide.

    Grow Marine Blue Sage in hot, somewhat dry locations where you can see it up close. It's guaranteed to attract the eye. We predict that the popularity of this drought-resistant sage will increase as it becomes more widely known.

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  • Salvia dolomitica

    (Pilgrim’s Rest Pink Sage) Spring into summer, this heat-tolerant sage from South Africa produces lilac and white blossoms with profuse, fragrant, gray foliage. It’s the burgundy calyxes, which turn a rusty pink after the flowers blossom, that give this sage part of its common name.

    “Pilgrim’s Rest” refers to the Pilgrim’s Rest River, village and surrounding area in Mpumalanga Province (formerly the Eastern Transvaal) of East-Central South Africa. It is a national historic area named for its gold-mining “pilgrims” during the country’s 1873 gold rush.

    The scientific name of this heat-tolerant sage is related to its frequent habitat on soils heavy with dolomitic rock. This sage is native to Mpumalanga and, to the north, Limpopo Province. Winters are mild there. In America, it grows well in USDA Zones 9 to 11. We find that its average mature size is 24 inches tall and wide. However, Plantz Africa notes that it can reach up to 6 feet tall in its native lands.

    Give Salvia dolomitica full sun and well-drained soil. Although it is drought resistant and works well in dry gardens, it flourishes with summer watering that is average based on your local conditions. This species makes a lovely container plant, groundcover, shrub border or edging.

    Plantz Africa notes that this is primarily a bee-pollinated species in South Africa. Give it time, and your local honeybees will likely keep it buzzing. Deer, however, don’t like the taste of most sages, so they likely will pass it by.

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Divine Salvias & Companions for Hell-Strip Gardens

Divine Salvias & Companions for Hell-Strip Gardens


Category: New at FBTS
Posted: May 30, 2015 08:59 AM
Synopsis: On a hot day, when struggling to break up compacted, weedy soil along a curb or another hellishly difficult strip of land, you may feel like you are descending into a horticultural inferno with a garden fork. But take heart and drink lots of ice water, because the results of your work may prove divine in a year or two. Some gardeners call these drought-resistant projects “hell strip” gardens, a name coined by garden writer and designer Lauren Springer Ogden. Flowers by the Sea offers ideas for four different hell strips based on USDA Plant Hardiness Zones.
I like Amstiad

Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.


  1. Go tubular. Hummingbirds need tubular flowers that are easy for long, thin beaks to access.
  2. Provide lots of color. Think of yourself as a cafeteria manager who needs to provide many tempting choices in order to attract business. Red, pink, orange and purple sages are particularly powerful hummingbird magnets.
  3. Keep your garden blooming. Plant a variety of Salvias based not only on color but also a broad span of bloom times. Many flower from spring into fall. Others are prolific fountains of nectar for shorter seasons. Numerous winter-blooming species are available for areas that are home to hummingbirds year round.
  4. Grow sages native to the Western Hemisphere. Although hummingbirds will take advantage of many kinds of tubular flowering plants, these tiny birds are native to the Western Hemisphere and prefer flowering plants native to their half of the world.
  5. Select Salvia companion plants. Hummingbirds appreciate a variety of favorite tubular-flowered plants.
  6. Plant hummingbird gardens near cover. Trees and bushes surrounding feeding areas provide protection from predators and chilly, rainy weather.
  7. Don't use pesticides. Insects provide protein for hummingbirds, so don't kill these food sources.
  8. Provide water. Hummingbirds frolic in misters and shallow birdbaths.
  9. Supplement plantings with feeder tubes. Change the sugar water every few days and don't add food coloring. Keep the feeders clean, but don't scrub them with soaps or detergents. Here is more feeder care information.
  10. Read more. Our Everything Salvias Blog offers a number of articles about hummingbirds.
Hey, got any greens?

If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.


  1. Mask smells that deer like with aromatic sages. Deer and other members of the Cervidae family, such as elk, mostly leave Salvias alone. One theory is that they don't like the fragrance or taste of sage chemicals. Strategically planting sages near vegetable gardens or fruit trees -- elixir to deer -- may prevent consumption.
  2. Grow hedges including Salvias. Prickly hedges, including hairy-leafed Salvias and exceptionally thorny roses, can discourage deer from entering your yard. They don't like the mouth-feel of those textures. Tall hedges also hide strawberry beds and other yummy plantings from view.
  3. Don't overplant one species. Grow a variety of Salvias in case local deer take an unexpected liking to one species of sage.
  4. Fence deer out. Install electric fences or 8-foot wood or metal fences around particularly vulnerable areas. Make sure electric fencing is turned on during the peak feeding seasons of early spring and late fall.
  5. Use motion-detection tools. Install outdoor lighting that is activated by movement.
  6. Let the dogs out. Deer are especially wary of large dogs.
  7. Surround and cover. Wrap tough plastic around the trunks of trees that have tasty bark and cover foliage with bird netting when trees and bushes are fruiting.
  8. Change yard ornaments periodically. Objects such as scarecrows, statuary and cordons of monofilament string with strips of shiny foil attached cause deer to shy away.
  9. Make safe choices. Research repellants you plan to use to make sure they aren't poisonous.
  10. Be flexible and ready to share a bit. There is no such thing as a completely deer-resistant garden.