Common names: Blue sage, pitcher sage, sage
Botanical name: Salvia azurea
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Tolerates drought; prefers regular water in well-drained clay, sandy or rocky soils
Light requirement: Full sun to some shade
Mature size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide
Benefits and tolerances: Attracts beneficial insects; easy to grow on your own from seeds; deer resistant
Seasonal interest: Early to midfall blooms; spent flower heads provide winter interest.
When to plant: Early spring to late fall; mulch well in late fall to prevent frost heave.