I've posted a few of my favorite Salvias before, but I feel that I only touched the tip of the iceberg there. There are so many beautiful species of sages in a rainbow of color options and most of them are perfect colorful perennials for a drought tolerant garden. Here are a few more to think about trying out.
The sages shown are Salvia patens 'Cambridge Blue', Salvia nemorosa 'rosenwein', Salvia madrensis, Salvia greggii 'Annie', Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' (a more compact variety of Mexican Bush Sage), Salvia greggii 'Sierra San Antonio', Salvia 'Bee's Bliss', and Salvia 'Allen Chickering'.
The size of Salvias varries quite a bit from variety to variety, from 12"-18" groundcover types all the way up 6'-7' tall. Make sure to check how large the specific variety will grow to be so that you can plant it where it has room to reach maturity. Also, some of them have quite lush deep green foliage, like Salvia 'Black and Blue' (left), while others are very grey-green like Salvia cahuilensis (right) :
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