By any landscape designer’s definition, they’re not superstars. I’ve never seen them grace the glossy pages of Better Homes and Gardens. But they’re native to the area and tough enough for these dry, alkaline, clay soils as well as drought and temperature extremes. So I’ve chosen basin big sagebrush, rubber rabbitbrush, and Gardner’s saltbush to transplant into the cabin’s “back yard”. Even when they’re grown into their glory, they probably won’t tempt any garden magazine photographers, but the wildlife and bees will be happy for the habitat—and so will I because I won’t have to be watering my shrubs!
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are.” –1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-28 (ESV)