A tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow. Name: Gaillardia Kobold Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8

You can rely on agastache to cover itself in blooms throughout the summer and autumn. This variety, Desert Sunrise, offers orange blooms that feature pink and lavender tints. It attracts tons of hummingbirds and is a great cut flower, too. Name: Agastache Desert Sunrise Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-10

We cant help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it. Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9

Salvia is an all-around great plant. Its very tough, grows well in a range of conditions, produces beautiful flowers, and attracts hummingbirds. Whats not to love? Raspberry Delight offers gorgeous raspberry-red flowers over a long season: From late spring to early fall. Name: Salvia Raspberry Delight Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 6-10

Meadow sage produces wonderful clusters of violet-blue flowers from midsummer to early fall. These flowers are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds and are great cut flowers. Name: Salvia May Night Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 28 inches tall Zones: 5-9

Among the most beautiful of the sages, Mojave sage offers beautiful pink blooms that look good well into fall. Even when not in bloom, its gray-green foliage is lovely. Like other salvias, its great for hummingbirds and butterflies. And its a great cut flower. Name: Salvia pachyphylla Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 5-9

This plant has it all: It looks great, it smells wonderful, and its as tough as nails (as long as its not too wet). Enjoy the blue, lavender, purple, or white flowers in summer. Theyre great for drying and using in crafts — and even cooking with. Name: Lavandula angustifolia Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 3 feet tall Zones: 5-8