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Subtle Salvias for Summertime Shade

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Those charming spots of high shade in the garden, where your head and eyes are protected from glaring sunlight, are more likely than not difficult areas for plants to flourish. Pools of high shade are captivating and can be wonderful places to stop for a few moments to enjoy plants close at hand, as well as to savor a view across the garden. But what plants can be inspected nearby and yet not obstruct the scene? Groundcovers? Yes, ajugas and others can thickly cover such an area, remaining low and unobtrusive. When our imagination comes into play, however, other plants become likely candidates. I recommend three salvias, all with pale yellow flowers, for these most agreeable areas.

Consider a plant that reaches from one to three feet in height and a little more in width, with good green foliage. Soft yellow flowers add their charm for about a month or so. Two of the salvias, from different parts of the world, are sometimes confused with one another, but, as you will see, their characters are easily distinguished, whether the plants are flowering or not. A third yellow-flowered contender for summertime shade has a lax rather than an upright habit.

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