Big news from the City of Lakewood came in this week: the city council adopted a Plant Select® recommended perennial, Mojave Sage (Salvia pachyphylla) to be their official “city plant.” According to the community’s horticulturist (and Plant Select® champion!), Greg Foreman, Mojave sage will be promoted throughout the city to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the City of Lakewood.
I’ve grown Mojave sage for nearly 10 years in my home garden in Masonville, and am thrilled with the way it performs for me in poor, very dry soils. I think I now have over a dozen plants in a variety of situations, and they’ve bloomed longer this year than ever before (must have been the cooler weather.) In fact, I cut back my oldest, biggest one fairly severely in May, and it’s lush and full right now and just coming into full color, even thought the others are starting to finally fade a bit. You can read more about Mojave sage on our website here.
Congratulations to Greg for his hard work in promoting this wonderful plant, and a big kudos to the City of Lakwood for recognizing the value of sustainable beauty in their community. (I actually like Greg’s phrase even better: “responsible and adventuresome gardening “- isn’t that a great way to describe what many of us are doing?)