Day 24 of the perennial plant challenge. One of my very favorite Salvias to grow, Salvia chamaedryoides. Also called Electric Blue Sage, this is one sturdy landscaping plant! Native to northern deserts of Mexico, Electric Blue Sage grows 1 1/2 feet tall and 2 ft wide, with small slightly fuzzy gray leaves and brilliant blue blooms. This plant is typically evergreen, and blooms from late April until the first frost. It is a tidy grower, and with a bit of pruning in late winter it stays short and shrubby.
Plant Salvia chamaedryoides in absolute full hot sun, in an area that will be very dry. Once established, it only requires deep watering once a week. If you are growing in an area that gets more water, amend the soil to improve the drainage. Because it is a short plant, it also does very well in containers in hot locations.
Electric blue sage is a great plant to attract hummingbirds and many bees into your garden. It is resistant to deer and rabbit browsing. This is one of the best blue plants for the garden!