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Powis Castle Artemisia
Siskiyou Blue Fescue
Becky Shasta Daisy
Powis Castle Artemisia

Common name:Powis Castle Artemisia
Botanical name:Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

With its finely dissected, silvery foliage, Powis Castle Artemisia is a wonderful foil for other plants with colored foliage or brightly colored flowers. Its silvery foliage is attractive over a long season, helping to bridge those gaps in the perennial border between lulls in flowering. Stems are useful in flower arrangements, and it is undisturbed by deer and rabbits. It may grow 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. I admit to liking this cultivar so much more than Silver Mound.

Siskiyou Blue Fescue

Common name:Siskiyou Blue Fescue
Botanical name:Festuca idahoensis 'Siskiyou Blue'

This selection of the native Idaho Fescue is notable for its enticing spruce-blue foliage. The thin leaves are much longer than the more familiar Festuca glauca, giving 'Siskiyou Blue' a softer, more graceful look. It blooms in the late spring producing tall, straight tan flower spikes typical of Festuca grass. 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 18 wide. Well suited to perennial borders, parkstrips, or meadow-lawns. Evergreen.

Becky Shasta Daisy

Common name:Becky Shasta Daisy
Botanical name:Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'

Becky daisy is larger than most other Shasta cultivars, growing 3 to 4 feet tall on rigid stems which do not require staking. Flowers are 3 to 4 inches across, with the classic white rays and yellow centers, and coarsely-toothed, lance-shaped, medium green leaves. Stems do not require staking. Long bloom period of July through September. Excellent and long-lasting fresh cut flower. Not a low-water perennial, but certainly a fine addition to a perennial border that receives regular watering. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.