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Autumn sage (Salvia greggii) is a desert species that prefers warmer climates (USDA Zone 7-9). This handsome evergreen perennial blooms in late summer and fall. Red, pink and white flowering varieties are available. Autumn sage is very drought tolerant, thrives in lean soils and is a favorite for butterfly gardens!
The forsythia sage (Salvia madrensis) is a huge perennial plant with foot-long, bright yellow flower clusters that appear in late summer and early fall. This sage is hardy to Zone 7 and may reach heights up to 10 feet in frostfree climates. Here is a list of links to profiles of other sages (a common name for species in the genus Salvia) in cultivation:
The Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) is another fall blooming perennial that is commonly grown in Zone 8-10 gardens. It too is a large plant, growing up to 4 feet in height, and often surrounded by clouds of butterflies when in bloom!
Because I helped him set it up, I have grazing privileges at my brother's raised vegetable garden. We're clearing worn out squash plants now, so cool-weather leafy green vegetables can soon be planted. Even in such a small space, it's possible to grow a surprising quantity of fresh vegetables - especially in autumn when milder tempertures set in. Last spring the bed hosted several types of lettuce (Lactuca sativa ) (in photo): 'Red Sails' leaf and Buttercrunch head lettuce were the family favorites. Here are links to more leafy greens that you might enjoy in your fall garden:
Use the Edible Plants filter on the Features drop down menu on Floridata's Master Plant List to see them all.
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I completed reformatting two more Gardeners' Journals last week and reposted the links below. These two entries touch on a range of topics including ducks, Danes and deadman's fingers fungus as well as frosts and freezes, ponds, palms and a feral piglet - so you will probably want to read them, especially if you are at work and really bored.
The beautiful (and tasty!) garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are in bloom! The photo shows how this homeowner has planted a swath of garlic chives that burst into an expanse of delicate butterfly-attracting blossoms in late summer. The foliage is garlicky but the flowers have the fragrance of violets.
In Japan and China the flowers of garlic chive (Allium tuberosum) are dried to make a spice. Sautéing garlic chive leaves is a favorite way to season new woks. Of course they're also delicious chopped into bits and sprinkled upon a sour cream-topped back potato. The garlic chive is one of my favorite plants!
The exotic staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.) is surprisingly easy to grow indoors and even easier outdoors in frost free climates. Some plants are more popular than others and the staghorn fern profile is one of those on Floridata that is viewed much less often than the more popular plants (plumbago has remained the most viewed Profile for more than a year). Here are a few not-so-popular species that are fun to know:
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