I grow many different plants in my small downtown garden here in Prescott. And because of our high desert climate it can be interesting to learn what works, how to help each plant be at it's spectacular best, and at the same time make it a fun and manageable landscape.
Most of what I grow here would easily be characterized as water-wise, possibly native, cottage garden plants, and the vast majority as herbs. Some are all four, but not always.
They always say: know your climate (or your zone) when planning a garden. In other words, pick plants that will have a high chance for success in your particular corner of the world. I promise this will make it more successful and infinitely more enjoyable.
Those of you who are unable or unwilling to devote a lot of time and energy to your garden will thank me for introducing you to this week’s featured plant. Actually known as an herb that thrives on neglect, clary sage is a showy, fragrant, easy-to-grow favorite with abundant medicinal and herbal properties.
Let's get to it...
Here's a nice herbal tea recipe for you to try - you can use the leaves fresh or dried to make a calming and refreshing tea.
I personally would toss some of the flowers in as well just because they are so pretty.
Clary Sage Tea Recipe
1 tbsp of dried herb
2 tbsp of fresh herb
2 cups of boiling water
Cover with a lid
Steep for at least 5 minutes
Then strain carefuly and enjoy
(preferably while seated in the shade of your herb garden!)
Behind the scenes in my prescott garden
I love this description I found of the aroma, from earthtokathy.com: "The aroma smells like dancing forest elves - green, deep, slightly smoky, and a frolicking celebration of all that is earthy." Isn't that just so sweet and vivid? She also talks about research that has been done on the scent for use in reducing anxiety.
Peace & contentment,
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