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Longin Russian Sage
European Mountain Ash
Anthony Waterer Spirea
Gambel Oak
Longin Russian Sage

Common name:Longin Russian Sage
Botanical name:Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Longin'

'Longin' is a Perovskia selection, introduced by Kurt Bluemel, with a more upright habit and less leaf dissection, giving it a more dense and substantial presence in the garden. It has lovely blue flowers that seem to bloom all summer long. It is slightly more compact than the species, growing about 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Use in a sunny, hot, dry location, even against south and west facing walls and fences.

European Mountain Ash

Common name:European Mountain Ash
Botanical name:Sorbus aucuparia

European Mountainash is a small to medium sized, deciduous tree that grows about 20 to 40 feet tall and about half as wide. It has an upright, oval form and is frequently sold as a multi-stemmed tree. Leaves are pinnately compounded, dark green above and frosty green below, with serrated margins. Autumn color is yellow to orange, sometimes with a hint of red. May flowers are rounded clusters of creamy white, and are followed by small but showy fruit that ripens to yellow, orange, or red fruit, depending on the variety, in August and September. Fruit is not edible for us but is enjoyed by birds. Bark is a light grayish brown.

Anthony Waterer Spirea

Common name:Anthony Waterer Spirea
Botanical name:Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer'

'Anthony Waterer' is a deciduous spirea with an upright, vase-shaped habit that grows about 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. New spring foliage is reddish purple, matures to a lush green, and turns yellow in the fall. Flat-topped clusters of rosy-pink flowers appear June thru August. Well suited to a shrub or foundation border, or as a hedge. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Gambel Oak

Common name:Gambel Oak
Botanical name:Quercus gambelii

Gambel oak is a lovely, deciduous tree native to Utah and the Intermountain West. It grows about 15 to 20 feet tall and wide, as either a multi-stemmed tree or a large shrub, depending on the site and maintenance. Leaves are large and symmetrically lobed; they emerge in spring a reddish brown, turn a rich, glossy green, and then golden yellow to maroon in the fall. Older bark is knarled and provides a beautiful winter silhouette. Acorns are small and ripen and drop in autumn. Underplant with creeping oregon grape for a low-maintenance grouping. A Utah native.

Designer: Xeriscape Design

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Photographer: GardenSoft

Water Saving Tip:

Replace turf with groundcovers, trees, and shrubs. If you have areas where no one uses the grass, patches that do not grow well, or a turf area too small to water without runoff, consider replacing the turf with water-efficient landscaping.