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Salvias

Botanical Name : Salvia

Salvia

Common Name : Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia Allen Chickering

Salvia Allen Chickering

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : This gorgeous yet tough dry land sage produces some of the most charming flower spikes that are equally attractive after they bloom. It is a hybrid of two Southern California native species, both highly drought resistant and capable of surviving without rain for up to ten months. Both species and hybrid prefer hot slopes or very well drained porous soils to prevent root rot. This is a semi-woody plant that produces a spreading shrubby form capable of covering a large area over time.
This sage blooms in early spring with the rains and cool weather. The long spikes feature whorls of purple blossoms that are irresistible to hummingbirds. These mature to seed capsules which are architecturally interesting late in the season, and make a decorative dried cut flower. Small fuzzy grey leaves are fragrant due to the high oil content which is crucial to its incredible drought resistance. Provide infrequent watering to young plants until roots are sufficient to survive the dry season on its own.


Botanical Name : Salvia argentea

Salvia argentea

Common Name : Silver Clary, Silver Sage

Description : Silver sage is a biennial or short lived perennial which is admired for its striking silvery leaves displayed in flat, spreading rosettes. Native to the Mediterranean region of southern Europe and northern Africa, this unique plant is well adapted to long, hot, dry summer conditions. Its large scalloped foliage is densely wooly, soft and appealing to the touch. Tall branched spikes of white flowers appear in the second year of growth. These should be cut to the ground as soon as they fade to prolong the appearance and life of the foliage.
Provide silver sage with full sun and well-drained soil of average moisture and fertility. Although they tend to be short-lived, the plants may produce offsets at the edge of the mother plant. These may be separated and planted elsewhere, ensuring a constant supply of new plants. Silver sage makes an eye-catching display alone or in mixed containers. It is also beautiful massed at the front of mixed borders, where its bright foliage reflects the moonlight and contrasts beautifully with other cool-toned perennials.


Botanical Name : Salvia (Mystic Spires)

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : This tough, compact tender perennial features dense upright spikes of deep blue flowers which just keep coming all summer. A patented variety, Mystic Spires' is a sport of the popular salvia hybrid Indigo Spires', and is much more dwarf in size than its taller parent. Indigo Spires' was originally discovered in Southern California at the famous Huntington Botanical Garden, and is the result of a chance cross between the Mexican species Salvia farinacea and Salvia longispicata.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia cedrosensis Baja Blanca

Salvia cedrosensis

Common Name : Cedros Island Sage

Description : This shrubby super drought resistant tender perennial is a valuable problem solver for all western native landscapes along the coast. It is home to a very small part of Baja California including the Cedros Island and the Vizcaino Peninsula.
Baja sage is admired for its lovely grey felt-like leaves. When crushed they emit a noticeable pineapple-sage fragrance. Many tall stems of violet-blue flowers appear in midsummer and continue blooming until late fall. These are lightly fragrant and irresistible to bees. Tough and lovely, this sage thrives in full sun, dry porous soils and is significantly frost tender due to its southern origin. Plant in raised beds, rock gardens or on slopes and dry washes.
This sage is adapted to xeric urban or small coastal gardens. It looks beautiful when blended with other plants with cool palettes and is adaptable to containers. Where not hardy, it can be grown as an annual. Its leaves look almost iridescent in the moonlight.


Botanical Name : Salvia chamaedryoides

Salvia chamaedryoides

Common Name : Blue Chichuahuan Sage

Description : Germander sage forms a low-growing mound of small, grey-green leaves topped with showy flowers vivid, deep blue. This woody-based, evergreen perennial is native to areas of Texas and Mexico, and spreads via underground runners to form small colonies. Its scalloped, elliptical foliage is lightly hairy, giving it a somewhat silvery appearance. Spikes of tubular, lipped, cobalt-blue flowers bloom heavily in the cool temperatures of spring and fall, appearing sporadically and less abundantly in summer. The showy blossoms are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
This appealing salvia grows easily in full sun and coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility. Although drought tolerant, it performs and blooms best with regular water, however, soggy soils should be avoided. Removal of spent blossoms encourages heavier re-bloom and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Germander sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens. Where not hardy, it can be over-wintered indoors or treated as an annual.


Botanical Name : Salvia clevelandii

Salvia clevelandii Maureen Gilmer

Common Name : Cleveland Sage

Description : Cleveland sage is one of the finest salvias for the sunny, arid conditions of the American Southwest. Native to California, this small shrub is found on dry inland foothills and sun drenched slopes from San Diego well into Baja California. It forms a generous evergreen mound of downy, wrinkled pale grey leaves with an intensely appealing aroma. Widely spaced whorls of fragrant, tubular, lipped violet-blue flowers are borne on long branched spikes in early summer, and are beloved by bees and hummingbirds. The flower stems and calyces (outer bud coverings) are dark red, creating a pleasing contrast with the lovely blooms.
This beautiful salvia requires full sun and very well-drained soil of modest to average fertility. A tender perennial, it thrives in areas with mild winters and limited rainfall, however a deep soaking every week to two weeks is beneficial. Take care not to water too frequently, as this can be detrimental to the plant. The showy flower stems are visually appealing even after blooming, and are sometimes left uncut to provide continued interest. However, they may also be cut back after flowering to encourage re-bloom. The aromatic leaves are sometimes used to make tea or potpourri. Cultivars of Cleveland sage are available which have more compact growth or differently-coloured flowers. All are terrific choices for rock gardens and water-wise plantings.


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea

Salvia coccinea

Common Name : Blood Sage, Texas Sage

Description : Texas sage is a bushy, upright, warm season annual from the south-central and south-eastern United States and Mexico. Markedly heat and drought tolerant, it offers spikes of showy bright red flowers from midsummer to frost. These flowers are hummingbird magnets and spent spikes should be deadheaded regularly to make way for more blooms.
Easy to grow and adaptable, Texas sage prefers hot sun and well drained average soil. This salvia is ideal for sunny mixed borders, and dwarf selections work well in containers. Plants will self-sow but not too aggressively.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea Coral Nymph

Salvia coccinea

Common Name : Coral Nymph Sage, Texas Sage

Description : Loads of coral and pale pink flowers cover this lovely Texas sage all season long. Members of the Nymph series are compact, heavy flowering, well-branched and vigorous. All are like manna to hummingbirds and self-sow nicely, so once you have them you need never replant again.
Texas sage is a long-blooming bedding annual that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native the American Southwest, Mexico and Central America, members of the Nymph Series form compact, bushy mounds of rich green pointed leaves. Whorls of glowing tubular, two- lipped flowers emerge on spikes all summer and into fall. The flowers are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds who rely on them as a late-season nectar source.
Grow this colourful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil with average moisture. Faded flower stems should be pinched off to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Protect from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea Lady in Red

Salvia coccinea

Common Name : Lady in Red Sage, Texas Sage

Description : This bold, brilliant red-flowered salvia is a valuable, long-blooming bedding plant that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native to tropical South America, Lady in Red' forms a compact, bushy mound of rich green, pointed, heart-shaped leaves. Whorls of glowing red, tubular, lipped flowers emerge on single to branched spikes all summer as long as the weather remains warm and are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds.
Grow this colourful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil of average moisture. Faded flower stems should be cut back to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Provide shelter from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea (NYMPH SERIES)

Salvia coccinea (NYMPH SERIES)

Common Name : Texas Sage

Description : The Texas sage variants in the Nymph series are compact, heavy flowering, well-branched and vigorous. Plants come in three colour variants: coral pink, white and red. All are like manna to hummingbirds and self-sow nicely, so once you have them you need never replant again.
Texas sage is a long-blooming bedding annual that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native the American Southwest, Mexico and Central America, members of the Nymph Series form compact, bushy mounds of rich green pointed leaves. Whorls of glowing tubular, two- lipped flowers emerge on spikes all summer and into fall. The flowers are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds who rely on them as a late-season nectar source.
Grow this colourful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil with average moisture. Faded flower stems should be pinched off to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Protect from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea Snow Nymph

Salvia coccinea

Common Name : Snow Nymph Sage, Texas Sage

Description : Loads of snowy white flowers cover this lovely Texas sage all season long. Members of the Nymph series are compact, heavy flowering, well-branched and vigorous. All are like manna to hummingbirds and self-sow nicely, so once you have them you need never replant again.
Texas sage is a long-blooming bedding annual that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native the American Southwest, Mexico and Central America, members of the Nymph Series form compact, bushy mounds of rich green pointed leaves. Whorls of glowing tubular, two- lipped flowers emerge on spikes all summer and into fall. The flowers are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds who rely on them as a late-season nectar source.
Grow this colourful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil with average moisture. Faded flower stems should be pinched off to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Protect from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea Spanish Dancer

Salvia coccinea

Common Name : Blood Sage, Spanish Dancer Sage, Texas Sage

Description : Spanish dancer sage is a bushy, upright annual that originates from the south-central and south-eastern United States and Mexico. Markedly heat and drought tolerant, it offers spikes of showy bright crimson flowers from mid-summer to frost. These are hummingbird magnets and each flower is subtended by a contrasting black calyx. Spent spikes should be removed to make way for more blooms. Easy to grow and highly adaptable, Texas sage prefers hot sun and well drained average soil. This salvia is ideal for sunny mixed borders and hummingbird gardens. Plants will readily reseed themselves into the garden.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia coccinea Summer Jewel Red

Salvia coccinea

Description : All-America Selections

Description : Texas sage is a bushy, upright, warm season annual from the south-central and south-eastern United States and Mexico. Markedly heat and drought tolerant, it offers spikes of showy bright red flowers from midsummer to frost. These flowers are hummingbird magnets and spent spikes should be deadheaded regularly to make way for more blooms.
Easy to grow and adaptable, Texas sage prefers hot sun and well drained average soil. This salvia is ideal for sunny mixed borders, and dwarf selections work well in containers. Plants will self-sow but not too aggressively.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia darcyi

Salvia darcyi

Common Name : Darcy's Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia discolor

Salvia discolor

Common Name : Andean Silverleaf Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia elegans

Salvia elegans

Common Name : Elegant Sage, Pineapple Sage

Description : The deliciously scented foliage and vivid red flowers of pineapple sage give this unique salvia a special place in the garden. Native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, this tender perennial grows quickly to form a dense, upright, woody-based mound of pointed, elliptical, rich green leaves which do indeed emit a pineapple fragrance when crushed. Slender spikes of brilliant red, tubular, lipped flowers appear from autumn through spring in mild winter zones within the plant's hardiness range. In colder climates, it blooms in very late summer to early fall until cut back by frost. The glowing blooms are a magnet for hummingbirds.
Pineapple sage thrives in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil which receives regular moisture. Regular removal of spent flower spikes encourages heavier flowering where plants bloom throughout the winter. Where not hardy, this beautiful sage may be grown as an annual. Its wonderfully aromatic leaves are a delightful addition to summer drinks and fresh fruit salads.


Botanical Name : Salvia elegans Golden Delicious

Salvia elegans

Common Name : Golden Delicious Sage, Pineapple Sage

Description : The deliciously scented foliage and vivid red flowers of pineapple sage give this unique salvia a special place in the garden. Native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, this tender perennial grows quickly to form a dense, upright, woody-based mound of pointed, elliptical, rich green leaves which do indeed emit a pineapple fragrance when crushed. Slender spikes of brilliant red, tubular, lipped flowers appear from autumn through spring in mild winter zones within the plant's hardiness range. In colder climates, it blooms in very late summer to early fall until cut back by frost. The glowing blooms are a magnet for hummingbirds.
Pineapple sage thrives in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil which receives regular moisture. Regular removal of spent flower spikes encourages heavier flowering where plants bloom throughout the winter. Where not hardy, this beautiful sage may be grown as an annual. Its wonderfully aromatic leaves are a delightful addition to summer drinks and fresh fruit salads.


Botanical Name : Salvia Eveline

Salvia

Common Name : Eveline Salvia, Ornamental Sage

Description : A hybrid sage selected by renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf, this hardy herbaceous perennial bears numerous knee-high spikes of whorled two-lipped lavender-pink flowers from spring into early summer. They rise from bushy rounded clumps of large scalloped light-green leaves that emit a sage-like odor when bruised. The flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Plant this perennial in full sun and well drained moderately fertile soil. Combine it with campanulas, Siberian iris, hardy geraniums, and other spring- and early-summer-blooming perennials.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free gardens. It has a bushy upright habit and reliable blooms all season long. In summer, deep violet-blue spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. There are many cultivars available in shades of blue, violet and white.

Description : Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use this plant in patio containers, the cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired. Performing best in sun and well-drained soil, it can go longer between watering than many annual flowers.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Blue Bedder

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Blue Bedder Sage, Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Mealycup sage Blue Bedder' is a dependable, heirloom cultivar has an upright habit, bushy plants and is excellent for the cutting garden. Reliable blooms held above the foliage appear all season long. In summer, spikes composed of blue, small, two-lipped flowers are borne in succession up the stem. The leaves are lance-shaped, grey-green with white hairs on the underside. The stems are mealy white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Evolution

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Salvia farinacea'Evolution' is a 2006 All American Selection Flower Award Winner. Commonly known as mealycup sage, it is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. They are dependable plants with an upright, bushy habit. Reliable blooms held above the foliage appear all season long. In summer, Evolution' produces spikes composed of unusual light blue to lilac, small, two-lipped flowers are borne in succession up the stem. The leaves are lance-shaped, grey-green with white hairs on the underside. The stems are mealy white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Fahrenheit Blue and White

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Fahrenheit blue and white sage has a bushy upright habit that is uniform in size, reliably blooms all season long and has shown good tolerance to periods of drought. In summer, spikes composed of small, bi-colour two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. These are a striking blue and white. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the underside. The stems are mealy white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Fahrenheit Blue

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Fahrenheit Blue Sage, Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Fahrenheit blue sage has a bushy upright habit that is uniform in size, reliable blooms all season long and has shown good tolerance to periods of drought. In summer, deep blue spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy-white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired..


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea (FAHRENHEIT SERIES)

Salvia farinacea (FAHRENHEIT SERIES)

Common Name : Fahrenheit Sage, Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Fahrenheit sage has a bushy upright habit that is uniform in size, reliable blooms all season long and has shown good tolerance to periods of drought. In summer, spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. These can be in shades of blue or in white. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the underside. The stems are mealy-white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Fahrenheit Violet

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Fahrenheit violet sage has a bushy upright habit that is uniform in size, reliable blooms all season long and has shown good tolerance to periods of drought. In summer, vivid violet-blue spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the underside. The stems are mealy-white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Fahrenheit White

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Fahrenheit White Sage, Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Fahrenheit white sage has a bushy upright habit that is uniform in size, reliable blooms all season long and has shown good tolerance to periods of drought. In summer, bright white spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy-white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Strata

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Mealycup sage Strata' is a dependable, cultivar, has an upright habit, bushy plants and is excellent for the cutting garden. Reliable blooms held above the foliage appear all season long. In summer, spikes composed of deep blue, small, two-lipped flowers with a white spot on the lip and silvery sepals (outer petals) are borne in succession up the stem. The leaves are lance-shaped, medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy-white with hairs.
Mealycup sage is a tough plant which performs best in sun and well-drained soil, though it is tolerant of poor soil and droughty conditions. As an annual, it can go longer between watering than many annual plants. It is freeze sensitive, but will tolerate a few degrees of frost. Start by seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Victoria Blue

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage, Victoria Blue Salvia

Description : The rich blue flower spires of Victoria Blue' add colour and height to the garden all season long. Mealycup sage is an evergreen tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico. Further north its commonly grown as a bedding annual. The high performing Victoria Blue' has a compact habit, dense branching and blooms vigorously all season long making it a favourite among gardeners.
In summer, spikes lined with small, two-lipped flowers of deep violet-blue are borne in succession up the stems. Bees and butterflies visit the flowers, and the spikes turn brown after pollination. Pinch the old blooms back to make way for new. The leaves are lance-shaped and medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy white and also slightly hairy.
Mealycup sage is tough and performs best in full sun and well-drained soil with average fertility. Established plants can withstand periods of drought. It is freeze sensitive but will tolerate very light frost. Start from seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees and butterflies, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea (VICTORIA SERIES)

Salvia farinacea (VICTORIA SERIES)

Common Name : Mealycup Sage

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Mealycup sage Victoria' has a compact, dwarf upright habit, dense branching and is uniform in size. Reliable blooms held above the foliage appear all season long. In summer, spikes composed of small two-lipped flowers are borne in succession up the stem. These can be in shades of blue or white. The leaves are lance-shaped and medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy white and also slightly hairy.
Mealycup sage is tough and performs best in full sun and well-drained soil with average fertility. Established plants can withstand periods of drought. It is freeze sensitive but will tolerate very light frost. Start from seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees and butterflies, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia farinacea Victoria White

Salvia farinacea

Common Name : Mealycup Sage, Victoria White Salvia

Description : Mealycup sage is a tender perennial native to Texas and Mexico that is grown as an annual in colder climes but is evergreen in frost-free climates. Mealycup sage Victoria White' has a compact, dwarf upright habit, dense branching and is uniform in size. Reliable blooms held above the foliage appear all season long. In summer, spikes composed of bright white, small, two-lipped flowers are borne in succession up the stem. The leaves are lance-shaped and medium green with white hairs on the undersides. The stems are mealy white and also slightly hairy.
Mealycup sage is tough and performs best in full sun and well-drained soil with average fertility. Established plants can withstand periods of drought. It is freeze sensitive but will tolerate very light frost. Start from seed several months before last frost to ensure good blooming. Attractive to bees and butterflies, mealycup sage is virtually ignored by deer. Use Mealycup sage in patio containers, cutting garden or anywhere great colour is desired.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage, Gregg's Sage

Description : Free-flowering and easy to grow, autumn sage is a bushy perennial sub-shrub that offers delicate colourful flowers in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Colourful flowers in shades of red, pink and white brighten its stems throughout the growing season. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull gardens. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and ideal for containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Dark Dancer

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : This is one big, bold autumn sage. Throughout summer and fall, Dark Dancer' becomes covered with beautiful rich raspberry red flowers. It has a tall upright bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Colourful flowers in shades of red, pink and white brighten its stems throughout the growing season. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull gardens. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and ideal for containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Flame

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The robust autumn sage Flame' offers luscious dark red flowers with dark purple calyces. It has a tall upright bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Vibrant red flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Furman's Red

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The deep red blooms of Furman's Red' are numerous and striking. It has an upright, densely branched, bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Colourful red flowers brighten its stems from spring to fall. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull gardens. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and ideal for containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Lipstick

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : This is one of the easiest autumn sages to identify. The pretty blooms of Lipstick' are rich red with white throats. It has an upright bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Vibrant red and white flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii (NAVAJO BRIGHT RED)

Salvia greggii (NAVAJO BRIGHT RED, NAVAJO SERIES)

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The free-flowering Navajo Bright Red has a tidy compact habit and offers lovely cherry red flowers in the heat of summer. This popular ornamental Salvia originates from Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and tolerant of arid conditions.
Soft green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant through most of the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zones. Clear, cherry red flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii (NAVAJO DARK PURPLE)

Salvia greggii (NAVAJO DARK PURPLE, NAVAJO SERIES)

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The free-flowering Navajo Dark Purple has a tidy compact habit and offers lovely deep purple flowers in the heat of summer. This popular ornamental Salvia originates from Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and tolerant of arid conditions.
Soft green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant through most of the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zones. Purple flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii (NAVAJO SALMON RED)

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The free-flowering Navajo Salmon Red has a tidy compact habit and offers clear rosy salmon flowers with dark calyces in the heat of summer. This popular ornamental Salvia originates from Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and tolerant of arid conditions.
Green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant through most of the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zones. Salmon-red flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii (NAVAJO ROSE)

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The free-flowering Navajo Rose has a tidy compact habit and offers clear magenta-rose flowers with dark calyces in the heat of summer. This popular ornamental Salvia originates from Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and tolerant of arid conditions.
Green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant through most of the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zones. Bright rose flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii (NAVAJO PINK)

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The free-flowering Navajo Pink has a tidy compact habit and offers bright pink flowers with dark calyces in the heat of summer. This popular ornamental Salvia originates from Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and tolerant of arid conditions.
Green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant through most of the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zones. Pink flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Skylights Salmon Pink

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : Salvia in the Skylights Series were bred from Salvia greggii, or autumn sage, a perennial, woody-based sub-shrub originating from dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico. Skylights Salmon Pink' features flared, tubular flowers of warm coral-pink which bloom generously throughout the growing season, particularly in the heat of summer. Borne in small, loose spikes, the jewel-like blossoms are highly appealing to hummingbirds.
They are produced on vigorous, densely branched plants covered with small, lightly fragrant, elliptical green foliage which remains evergreen to semi-evergreen where plants are hardy. All members of the Skylights Series are terrific, low-maintenance choices for adding summer-long colour to sunny beds, borders and container compositions.
These tough, easy perennials thrive in full sun and well-drained soil of average fertility. Although drought tolerant, they benefit from a deep soaking at least once a week if conditions become very dry during the growing season. The plants look better and bloom more heavily if occasionally shaped and cut back, but otherwise require minimal maintenance. They may freeze to the ground at the colder end of their hardiness zone, but will re-sprout from the ground in spring. Where not perennial, autumn sage is suitable for use as an annual.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Viva

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage

Description : The compact and pretty Viva' has rose-pink blooms that flower all season, especially in the heat of summer. This popular shrubby evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Vibrant rose-pink flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia greggii Wild Thing

Salvia greggii

Common Name : Autumn Sage, Gregg's Sage

Description : The colourful Wild Thing' was discovered in the wild in West Texas and trialed St. Louis, Missouri where it proved to have exceptional ornamental value. Throughout summer and fall, it becomes covered with beautiful bright coral-pink, flowers. It has an upright bushy habit and is free-flowering, especially in the heat of summer. This popular evergreen ornamental originates from the dry washes and rocky hillsides of Texas and Mexico, so it's tough and thrives in arid climates.
Soft, green, lightly fragrant leaves cover this plant throughout the season. The foliage is evergreen where winters are mild and semi-evergreen at its northernmost hardiness zone. Colourful coral-pink flowers brighten its stems throughout the growing season. Flowering will even continue well into winter where frost is absent. The tubular blooms have prominent flared lower lips and are borne in small, loose clusters. They are prolific and highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant and tough, autumn sage is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well-drained, average soil. This is a sub-shrub in very mild climates, which means that it develops woody basal stems and reaches a larger size over time. It requires minimal maintenance but looks better if occasionally shaped and cut back. This will encourage heavier blooming too. In harsh winters plants may freeze to the ground and re-sprout from the base like an herbaceous perennial.
This is the all purpose drought tolerant plant for adding late summer colour to dull beds and borders. Its bright flowers are super pollinator attractants and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial. Beware of its naturally brittle branches which are easily damaged in high traffic locations.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia guaranitica

Salvia guaranitica

Common Name : Blue Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Description : Blue anise sage is a perennial sub-shrub that originates from South America. It has an upright, bushy habit and medium green, slightly hairy leaves. In summer, it puts forth tall flower stalks lined with large, blue to purple two-lipped flowers. These will continue blooming freely into fall. Its flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators, especially hummingbirds. There are several popular cultivars, such as Black and Blue', which has dark purple flowers and a nearly black calyx. This salvia is heat tolerant and thrives in sites with full sun and well drained, fertile sandy loam. It makes a great addition to and large perennial border or container plantings. In colder zones, blue anise sage may be grown as a tender perennial.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia guaranitica Black and Blue

Salvia guaranitica

Common Name : Black and Blue Sage, Blue Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Description : Black and blue sage is a perennial sub-shrub that originates from South America. It has an upright, bushy habit and medium green, slightly hairy leaves. In summer, it puts forth tall flower stalks lined with large, purple two-lipped flowers subtended by a nearly black calyx. These will continue blooming freely into fall. Its flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators, especially hummingbirds. This salvia is heat tolerant and thrives in sites with full sun and well drained, fertile sandy loam. It makes a great addition to and large perennial border or container plantings. In colder zones, blue anise sage may be grown as a tender perennial.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia guaranitica Kobalt

Salvia guaranitica

Common Name : Blue Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Description : Blue anise sage is a perennial sub-shrub that originates from South America. It has an upright, bushy habit and medium green, slightly hairy leaves. In summer, it puts forth tall flower stalks lined with large, blue to purple two-lipped flowers. These will continue blooming freely into fall. Its flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators, especially hummingbirds. There are several popular cultivars, such as Black and Blue', which has dark purple flowers and a nearly black calyx. This salvia is heat tolerant and thrives in sites with full sun and well drained, fertile sandy loam. It makes a great addition to and large perennial border or container plantings. In colder zones, blue anise sage may be grown as a tender perennial.


Botanical Name : Salvia Indigo Spires

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : This floriferous salvia hybrid features dense upright spikes of deep blue flowers which just keep coming all summer. A tender perennial, Indigo Spires' was originally discovered in Southern California at the famous Huntington Botanical Garden, and is the result of a chance cross between the Mexican species Salvia farinacea and Salvia longispicata. It bears small, smooth, dark grey-green foliage and a tall, upright growth habit. It is well branched and produces many long, arching stems lined thickly with small, tubular, two-lipped flowers of vibrant, dark violet-blue. These emerge continuously throughout the warm growing season, and are highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds.
Though it is not particularly drought tolerant, Indigo Spires' withstands hot, humid conditions quite well. Plant it full sun and fertile well-drained soil, and water regularly. Removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier re-blooming, and helps to maintain a neat appearance. The plants can become quite large and somewhat bare at the base by the end of the growing season. Planting them with shorter plants around their bases helps to camouflage this problem.
Blooming almost year-round in warm climates, Indigo Spires' is suitable for treatment as an annual where not hardy. It excels in large container compositions and mixed beds and borders, where it lends vertical punch and vivid, non-stop summer colour. Combine it with oranges, apricots and pale yellows for a gorgeous colour contrast, or pair with pinks and silvers to create a cool, harmonious feel.


Botanical Name : Salvia involucrata

Salvia involucrata Michael Charters, www.calflora.net

Common Name : Roseleaf Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America.
In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia involucrata Mulberry Jam

Salvia involucrata

Common Name : Roseleaf Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America.
In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia x jamensis Raspberry Royale

Salvia x jamensis

Common Name : Hybrid Mexican Sage

Description : Thriving in summer heat, salvia Raspberry Royale' produces a generous display of vivid magenta flowers which bloom atop compact, vigorous plants from spring to fall. It is a form of Salvia x jamensis, a complex hybrid involving the cross of three or more species which is found naturally in areas of Mexico. These tender perennials form bushy clumps of small, elliptical foliage which is evergreen to semi-evergreen in warmer climates. The leaves are borne on branched, woody-based stems with root readily when they touch the ground. Loose spikes of flared, tubular, two-lipped flowers appear above the foliage throughout summer and fall, and are irresistible to bees and hummingbirds.
This salvia grows easily in full sun and well-drained soil of average fertility. Although drought tolerant, it benefits from a deep soaking at least one a week if conditions become very dry during the growing season. Plants may be shaped or sheared back periodically to maintain a neat appearance and to encourage heavier flowering. Where not hardy, Raspberry Royale' is suitable for use as an annual. It is a terrific choice for adding a vibrant splash of long-lasting colour to container compositions, mixed borders, rock gardens and water-wise plantings.


Botanical Name : Salvia x jamensis Red Velvet

Salvia x jamensis

Common Name : Hybrid Mexican Sage

Description : Thriving in summer heat, salvia Red Velvet' produces a generous display of bright, velvety red flowers which decorate the garden from spring to fall. It is a form of Salvia x jamensis, a complex hybrid involving the cross of three or more species which is found naturally in areas of Mexico. These tender perennials form bushy clumps of small, elliptical foliage which is evergreen to semi-evergreen in warmer climates. The leaves are borne on branched, woody-based stems with root readily when they touch the ground. Loose spikes of flared, tubular, two-lipped flowers appear above the foliage throughout summer and fall, and are irresistible to bees and hummingbirds.
This salvia grows easily in full sun and well-drained soil of average fertility. Although drought tolerant, it benefits from a deep soaking at least one a week if conditions become very dry during the growing season. Plants may be shaped or sheared back periodically to maintain a neat appearance and to encourage heavier flowering. Where not hardy, Raspberry Royale' is suitable for use as an annual. It is a terrific choice for adding a vibrant splash of long-lasting colour to container compositions, mixed borders, rock gardens and water-wise plantings.


Botanical Name : Salvia leucantha

Salvia leucantha

Common Name : Autumn Mexican Bush Sage, Mexican Bush Sage

Description : Mexican bush sage is an evergreen perennial sub-shrub that is commonly grown as a tender perennial. It originates from Mexico and Central America and is admired for its beautiful, tall arching habit, grey-green foliage and fantastic sprays of flowers that appear in late summer to fall. These soft, fuzzy, tubular flowers are born on linear spikes and come in shades of purple, blue, pink or white.
Mexican bush sage thrives in warm, sunny conditions and well-drained soil with average fertility. It is more drought tolerant than many other salvias, but appreciates a periodic deep soaking. Where hardy, the stems may be cut to the ground after flowering to renew growth and control the size of the plant. In marginal areas (USDA Zone 7) do not cut back frost-dried stems until warmth returns the following spring. This beautiful salvia is a stunning addition to fall-themed container compositions, and shines in mixed beds and borders. Its colourful blooms also make excellent cut flowers.


Botanical Name : Salvia leucantha All Purple

Salvia leucantha

Common Name : Mexican Bush Sage

Description : Mexican bush sage is an evergreen perennial sub-shrub that is commonly grown as a tender perennial. It originates from Mexico and Central America and is admired for its beautiful, tall arching habit, grey-green foliage and fantastic sprays of flowers that appear in late summer to fall. All Purple' has soft, fuzzy, tubular flowers, born on linear spikes and , as its name says, are solidly bright purple. Mexican bush sage is both drought and heat tolerant and prefers sites with full sun and average, well drained soil. It is attractive to many pollinators and looks best when planted with other late blooming plants. In warmer zones, this salvia makes an attractive, evergreen shrub border.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia leucantha Midnight

Salvia leucantha

Common Name : Mexican Bush Sage

Description : The velvety, deep-purple flowers of salvia Midnight' are much darker than those typically seen on the species. A form of the Mexican bush sage, this woody-based, evergreen, tender perennial is often treated as an annual outside its hardiness range. Its tall, arching, wide-spreading stems root easily where they touch the ground. They are lined with small, linear, grey-green leaves with lightly scalloped edges and felted, silvery undersides.
Long sprays of small, tubular, fuzzy flowers begin blooming in late summer to early fall, continuing throughout the winter where plants are hardy. The showy blooms are attractive to many pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Outside the plant's hardiness range, the stunning fall floral display continues until nipped back by frost.
Mexican bush sage thrives in warm, sunny conditions and well-drained soil of average fertility. It is more drought tolerant than many other salvias, but appreciates a periodic deep soaking. Where hardy, the stems may be cut to the ground after flowering to renew growth and control the size of the plant. This beautiful salvia is a stunning addition to fall-themed container compositions, and shines in mixed beds and borders. Its colourful blooms also make excellent cut flowers.


Botanical Name : Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara

Salvia leucantha

Common Name : Mexican Bush Sage, Santa Barbara Bush Sage

Description : This well-mannered dwarf selection of Mexican bush sage offers the same beautiful foliage and dark purple flowers as the cultivar Midnight', but in a compact size perfect for smaller gardens. Its parent is a woody-based, evergreen, tender perennial native to frost free regions of Mexico and Central America. Showy and fast-growing, this plant is commonly treated as an annual in colder zones.
This dwarf, Santa Barbara,' forms a dense, wide-spreading mound of silvery stems which root easily when they touch the ground. They are lined with small, lightly fragrant, linear, grey-green leaves with downy, felted undersides. Long sprays of small, fuzzy, tubular purple flowers appear at the stem tips in late summer to early fall, continuing throughout the winter where plants are hardy. The colourful blooms are attractive to many pollinators including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Outside the plant's hardiness range, the stunning fall floral display continues until nipped back by frost.
Mexican bush sage thrives in warm, sunny conditions and well-drained soil with average fertility. Although more drought-tolerant than many other salvias, it appreciates a periodic deep soaking. Avoid heavily wet or shaded settings, as these will produce leggy growth. Where hardy, the stems may be cut to the ground after flowering to renew growth and control the size of the plant. This beautiful salvia is a knockout in fall-themed container compositions, and is perfect for fleshing out dry, sun-drenched borders with soft, late-season colour.


Botanical Name : Salvia lyrata Purple Knockout

Salvia lyrata

Common Name : Lyreleaf Sage

Description : The striking, deeply-coloured foliage of salvia Purple Knockout' makes this perennial perfect for many garden applications. A form of lyre-leaf sage, this evergreen to semi-evergreen species is native to the central and eastern portions of the United States. It forms a basal rosette of glossy, oblong leaves which are deeply lobed at the bases, and lightly fragrant if crushed. The colourful foliage is red and burgundy in spring, later deepening to dark purple with violet-red undersides in summer. Tall spikes of tubular, pale lavender to light blue blossoms appear in mid- to late spring, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. The blooms are followed by silvery-white seeds that may attract songbirds, such as the American goldfinch.
Lyre-leaf sage is easy to grow in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but is also tolerant of moist to wet conditions. Overly rich soil and heavy shade may cause flower stems to flop. If allowed to reseed, this salvia can form an attractive, durable groundcover. Otherwise, trim back faded flowers to avoid self-sowing. This beautiful, wildlife-friendly plant is a great choice for naturalizing in lightly shaded woodlands, wildflower meadows, or along stream and pond edges. It is also a worthwhile addition to casual, cottage-style gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia lyrata Purple Volcano

Salvia lyrata

Common Name : Lyreleaf Sage, Purple Volcano Sage

Description : Purple volcano sage is a short perennial wildflower with deep purple leaves and very small white blossoms. A central and eastern United States native, it sends up a short flower spike in mid to late spring with white blossoms that are not overly ornamental. Grow this plant for its foliage. It may also be treated as an annual. Purple volcano sage needs a full sun location in soils that are well drained but moist to wet. Too much shade causes leaves to be more green than purple. It will reseed itself after blooming. It makes a worthwhile addition to the front edge of a cottage garden or in an open sunny rock garden.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia microphylla

Salvia microphylla Maureen Gilmer

Common Name : Small-leaved Sage

Description : When faced with the summer heat, littleleaf sage keeps blooming and shining. This ornamental sage is a shrubby perennial native to the South-Western United States and Mexico. It has sparse, fragrant foliage of medium green and upright, semi-woody stems. Throughout summer and fall it produces beautiful two-lipped tubular flowers-the bottom lip being large and fan-shaped. These may be red, pink, magenta or purple, depending on the cultivar, and are highly attractive to hummingbirds.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia microphylla Cerro Potosi

Salvia microphylla

Common Name : Small-leaved Sage

Description : When faced with summer heat, this salvia keeps blooming and shining. Cerro Potosi' is a form of littleleaf sage, a shrubby, evergreen perennial native to the South-Western United States and Mexico. Its upright, semi-woody stems are sparsely lined with fragrant, oval-shaped, medium green foliage with lightly scalloped edges. Short spikes of open, tubular magenta-pink flowers are produced generously throughout summer and fall. The jewel-like blossoms possess large, fan-shaped lower lips, and are highly attractive to hummingbirds.
Littleleaf sage thrives in full sun and very well-drained soil of average to modest fertility. Once established it is quite drought tolerant, however, it appreciates a periodic deep soaking. Plants may be sheared back periodically to renew growth, and faded flowers may be removed to encourage heavier flowering. Suitable for use as an annual outside its hardiness range, this beautiful, low-maintenance plant is a perfect choice for container compositions, well-drained mixed borders and water-wise plantings.


Botanical Name : Salvia microphylla Hot Lips

Salvia microphylla

Common Name : Baby Sage, Hot Lips Sage, Small-leaved Sage

Description : When faced with the summer heat, Hot Lips' keeps blooming and shining. This ornamental sage is a shrubby perennial that originates from the South-Western United States and Mexico. It has sparse, fragrant foliage of medium green and upright, semi-woody stems. Throughout the warmth of late spring, summer and fall it produces beautiful two-lipped, tubular flowers - the bottom lip being large and fan-shaped. These are white with red edges, and are highly attractive to hummingbirds.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia microphylla Wild Watermelon

Salvia microphylla

Common Name : Small-leaved Sage

Description : This ornamental sage is a highly drought tolerant shrubby perennial that originates from the South-Western United States and Mexico. Its leaves are small, mildly scented and medium green. From summer to fall it bears stems lined with showy two-lipped, watermelon pink flowers. These are highly attractive to hummingbirds. Plant in sites with moderately fertile to poor, well drained soil and full sun. Littleleaf sage is an excellent choice for a hot sunny border or hummingbird garden. The cultivar Wild Watermelon' looks good when planted among neat ornamental grasses and silver foliage plants.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : The colourful flower spikes of meadow sage cannot be beat. They offer easy summer colour to sunny perennial borders and pair well with many other garden ornamentals. This bushy, multi-stemmed herbaceous perennial originates from Europe to Central Asia and comprises many popular cultivars sold widely in the trade.
The vigorous but tame, woodland sage bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms may be purple, violet-blue, rose-pink or white and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Amethyst

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Woodland Sage

Description : This well-branching woodland sage bears many spikes of violet flowers in summer. Its blooms offer easy summer colour to sunny borders and blend well with many other garden ornamentals.
Woodland sage is a bushy, herbaceous perennial that originates from Europe and Central Asia and comprises many popular cultivars sold widely in the trade. There is some argument as to whether Amethyst' is more properly placed as a cultivar of S. x sylvestris, which is a hybrid cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis.
The vigorous but tame, woodland sage bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are violet-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Caradonna Sage, Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : Caradonna sage is an mounded, multi-stemmed hardy perennial that originates from Europe to Central Asia. From summer to fall, flower spikes of dark violet-blue appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies, and bloom time will be extended if spent spikes are removed. Grow this tough sage in well-drained soil and full sun. It is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny perennial borders.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa East Friesland

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : East Friesland Sage, Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : East Friesland sage is a very popular, easy-to-grow bedding perennial. This upright, multi-stemmed favourite originates from Europe to Central Asia. From summer to fall, purple-stemmed flower spikes of rich lavender-purple appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies, and bloom time will be extended if spent spikes are removed. Grow this tough sage in well-drained soil and full sun. It is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny perennial borders.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa (MARCUS(tm))

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Marcus(tm) Sage, Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : Marcus(tm) is a very compact cultivar of meadow sage. This bushy, multi-stemmed perennial originates from Europe to Central Asia. From summer to fall, large flower spikes of rich lavender-blue appear over crinkly, aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies, and bloom time will be extended if spent spikes are removed. Grow this long-blooming sage in well-drained soil and full sun. It is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny perennial borders.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Lubecca

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Woodland Sage

Description : The cool flowers of Lubecca' are violet-blue with purple-pink calyces. They are borne on upright spikes that appear in summer.
Woodland sage offers easy summer colour to sunny borders and blends well with many other garden ornamentals. This bushy, herbaceous perennial originates from Europe and Central Asia and comprises many popular cultivars sold widely in the trade. There is some argument as to whether Lubecca' is more properly placed as a cultivar of S. x sylvestris, which is a hybrid cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis.
The vigorous but tame, woodland sage bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are violet-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Pink Friesland

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : The colourful pink flower spikes of Pink Friesland' cannot be beat. They offer easy summer colour to sunny perennial borders and pair well with many other garden ornamentals. Woodland sage is a bushy, multi-stemmed herbaceous perennial that originates from Europe to Central Asia.
This vigorous but tame, compact perennial bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil if well drained and can even tolerate periods of drought once well established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Plumosa

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Meadow Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : The double flowers of the oddball woodland sage Plumosa' are lilac-rose and borne on upright but loose, branched, plume-like clusters of flowers. They are showy, but heavy, and may require staking. The plants are compact and heavy-blooming.
This interesting perennial offers easy summer colour to sunny borders and blends well with many other garden ornamentals. This bushy, herbaceous perennial originates from Europe and Central Asia.
Woodland sage forms a neat compact clump of foliage. It bears upright plumose clusters of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful flowers are rosy lilac and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Sensation Rose

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Meadow Sage, Sensation Rose Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : The colourful lavender-rose flower spikes of Rose Hill' cannot be beat. They offer easy summer colour to sunny perennial borders and pair well with many other garden ornamentals. Woodland sage is a bushy, multi-stemmed herbaceous perennial that originates from Europe to Central Asia.
The vigorous but tame, woodland sage bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are violet-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia nemorosa Snow Hill

Salvia nemorosa

Common Name : Meadow Sage, Snow Hill Sage, Woodland Sage

Description : The tough, perennial Snow Hill' is a must for sunny perennial borders, and its bright white flower spikes blend well with many other garden ornamentals. Hybrid wood sage is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis.
The vigorous but tame, woodland sage bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are violet-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Woodland sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil, if well-drained not too acid, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Culinary Sage, Sage

Description : Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing, or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb used to flavour foods for centuries. Historical references also list it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long soft grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom into summer and fall, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers. Variegated and purple-leaved cultivars are particularly well-suited as garden ornamentals.


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis Aurea

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Culinary Sage

Description : The bright, variegated leaves of this ornamental culinary sage offer year round interest to herb and perennial gardens alike. Aurea' has yellowish grey-green leaves with irregular gold edges that also maintain the good flavour and pungency of standard sage.
Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb has been used to flavour foods in home gardens for centuries. Other historical references include it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long, soft, grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round for culinary purposes. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers.


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis Berggarten

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Berggarten Sage, Culinary Sage

Description : The extra broad, felty leaves of Berggarten' sage have a bolder look and sharper, soapier taste than the leaves of standard culinary sage. Its semi-evergreen foliage adds colour and interest to flower borders and containers as well as herb gardens. The Berggarten is a royal heritage garden located in the grand Herrenhausen Gardens of Hanover, Germany.
Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb has been used to flavour foods in home gardens for centuries. Other historical references include it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long, soft, grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round for culinary purposes. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers...


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis Icterina

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Culinary Sage

Description : The variegated leaves of this ornamental culinary sage offer year round interest to herb and perennial gardens alike. Icterina' has grey-green leaves with irregular gold edges that also maintain the good flavour and pungency of standard sage.
Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb has been used to flavour foods in home gardens for centuries. Other historical references include it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long, soft, grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round for culinary purposes. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers.


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis Purpurascens

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Culinary Sage

Description : The ornamental leaves of purple sage are dark dusty green with a light purple hue. New growth is entirely purple. It marries well with other sun-loving perennials adapted to sharply drained soil.
Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb has been used to flavour foods in home gardens for centuries. Other historical references include it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long, soft, grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round for culinary purposes. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers.


Botanical Name : Salvia officinalis Tricolor

Salvia officinalis

Common Name : Culinary Sage, Tricolor Sage

Description : This more ornamental form of common sage has colourful variegated, dusty green leaves with crisp, ivory margins blushed with rosy pink. The semi-evergreen foliage will add colour and interest to flower borders and containers as well as herbal borders and the leaves are just as flavorful and good to eat as standard sage.
Whether used to flavour sausage, Thanksgiving stuffing or butter for pasta, sage is a favourite herb in western cooking. This semi-woody perennial is an age old culinary herb has been used to flavour foods in home gardens for centuries. Other historical references include it as an ingredient for medicinal teas and poultices during The Middle Ages. It is native to Europe and northern Africa where it naturally grows in Mediterranean chaparral shrub lands and open areas.
Garden sage is a bushy plant that produces long, soft, grey-green leaves that are evergreen to semi-evergreen and fragrant when lightly rubbed. Like most aromatic herbs, the aroma comes from glandular hairs filled with aromatic oil. These oil-filled hairs are found just along the surface of the leaves and are called trichomes. In late spring to early summer upright stems of two-lipped, lilac-blue flowers appear. These are subtly attractive, lightly fragrant and particularly attractive to bees. Cut the spent stems to maintain a neat appearance and encourage new leaf development. Garden sage will not re-bloom, even if deadheaded.
This perennial herb is a joy to grow because it is pretty, functional and easy. It requires full sun and very well-drained soil. Excessive moisture at the root zone can lead to root rot. Avoid mulching it too. Once established, sage is very drought tolerant and will thrive where growing conditions drier, though it will also flourish in areas with regular rain if provided sharply drained soil and high light.
Harvest sage leaves year round for culinary purposes. They may be eaten fresh or stems can be hung upside down to dry and stored for later use. Sage also doubles as a resilient garden ornamental. It looks super in rock gardens, mixed borders and containers.


Botanical Name : Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla Plant Select(r)

Common Name : Giant Purple Sage

Description : Relatively new to cultivation, giant purple sage offers great promise of beauty and fragrance for gardens in arid climates. This shrubby, woody-based perennial is native to the mountains of California, Nevada and Arizona, where it grows naturally in gravelly, granite-based soils where fertility is weak and drainage perfect.
Blooming continuously throughout the summer, giant purple sage produces showy spikes of tubular, lipped, violet-blue flowers with long, protruding stamens. The blossoms are accentuated by colourful, rosy purple bracts and are attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. They appear on the tips of tall, lanky stems lined with smooth, somewhat spoon-shaped, silvery-green leaves. Evergreen in milder climates, the beautiful foliage emits a pleasant fragrance when handled, and shines softly under moonlight.
This tough, drought-tolerant perennial thrives in hot, sunny conditions and very well-drained soils of average to low fertility. During very dry periods, it benefits from a deep soaking once a week. Cut back and shape plants in fall after blooming ceases to encourage heavier flowering and more compact, dense growth. Giant purple sage is a perfect choice for adding bright, long-lasting colour to well-drained mixed borders and dry gardens. Plant this free-flowering beauty where its striking flowers and wonderful fragrance can be admired up close.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : Easy to grow and low-maintenance, Gentian sage brings pleasing blue blooms to the summer garden. Salvia patens is a tuberous herbaceous perennial native to Central Mexico. It has been cultivated since the early 1800s, so it's excellent for old-fashioned gardens. This exceptionally beautiful sage is also tough and heat tolerant.
The bushy, clump-forming plants are well-branched and have stems lined with long, oval to triangular leaves that are lightly hairy, bright green and have toothed edges. Beautiful flower spikes start blooming in late spring to early summer and continue all season. The spikes are lined with pairs of two-lipped, hooded flowers of violet blue. The blooms have a spreading, open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. Inconspicuous nutlet fruits follow.
This appealing salvia grows easily in full or partial sun. Coarse, well-drained soil with average fertility is preferred. It is somewhat drought tolerant once established but performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided, particularly in the winter. Gentian sage is somewhat cold tolerant and may be grown as a marginal perennial or bedding annual where winters are too harsh. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps if they become too large. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, sunny borders and cottage gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Blue Angel

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : Easy to grow and of low-maintenance, Gentian sage brings pleasing blooms to the summer garden. This tuberous rooted herbaceous perennial is native to Central Mexico and has been grown in gardens since the early 1800s. Salvia Blue Angel' offers upright, well branched and fast-growing plants which bear large brilliant true blue flowers.
Neat, compact plants have large, long leaves that are oval to triangular in shape, lightly hairy and bright green with toothed margins. The plants slowly form clumps. Spikes which sometimes branch of paired, tubular, two-lipped, hooded flowers appear from summer till frost. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows easily in sun or partial shade. Coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Although somewhat drought tolerant once established, it performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be grown as an annual, in containers or lifted for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps when they become thick. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Cambridge Blue

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : The elegant Cambridge Blue' offers upright, well-branched plants that bear large, pale blue flowers. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, Salvia patens is a tuberous herbaceous perennial native to Central Mexico. It has been cultivated since the early 1800s, so it's excellent for old-fashioned gardens. This exceptionally beautiful sage is also tough and heat tolerant.
The bushy, clump-forming plants are well-branched and have stems lined with long, oval to triangular leaves that are lightly hairy, bright green and have toothed edges. Beautiful flower spikes start blooming in late spring to early summer and continue all season. The spikes are lined with pairs of two-lipped, hooded flowers of violet blue. The blooms have a spreading, open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. Inconspicuous nutlet fruits follow.
This appealing salvia grows easily in full or partial sun. Coarse, well-drained soil with average fertility is preferred. It is somewhat drought tolerant once established but performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided, particularly in the winter. Gentian sage is somewhat cold tolerant and may be grown as a marginal perennial or bedding annual where winters are too harsh. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps if they become too large. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, sunny borders and cottage gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Guanajuato

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : Easy to grow and of low-maintenance, Gentian sage brings pleasing blooms to the summer garden. This tuberous rooted herbaceous perennial is native to Central Mexico and has been grown in gardens since the early 1800s. Salvia Guanajuato' offers very large and branched plants which bear large true blue flowers.
Neat, compact plants have large, long leaves that are oval to triangular in shape, lightly hairy and bright green with toothed margins. The plants slowly form clumps. Spikes which sometimes branch of paired, tubular, two-lipped, hooded flowers appear from summer till frost. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows easily in sun or partial shade. Coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Although somewhat drought tolerant once established, it performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be grown as an annual, in containers or lifted for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps when they become thick. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Patio Deep Blue

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : The rich, deep blue flowers of this compact cultivar of gentian sage really stand out. Patio Deep Blue' is a vigorous, well-branched ornamental sage that's easy to grow and low-maintenance. This tuberous herbaceous perennial blooms all summer and originates from Central Mexico, so it is also tough and heat tolerant.
The bushy, clump-forming plants are well-branched and have stems lined with long, oval to triangular leaves that are lightly hairy, bright green and have toothed edges. Beautiful flower spikes start blooming in late spring to early summer and continue all season. The spikes are lined with pairs of two-lipped, hooded flowers. The blooms have a spreading, open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. Inconspicuous nutlet fruits follow.
This appealing salvia grows easily in full or partial sun. Coarse, well-drained soil with average fertility is preferred. It is somewhat drought tolerant once established but performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided, particularly in the winter. Gentian sage is somewhat cold tolerant and may be grown as a marginal perennial or bedding annual where winters are too harsh. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps if they become too large. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, sunny borders and cottage gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Patio Lilac

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : Pale lavender flowers adorn this compact gentian sage all summer. Patio Lilac' is a vigorous, well-branched ornamental sage that's easy to grow and low-maintenance. This tuberous herbaceous perennial blooms continuously with good care and originates from Central Mexico, so it is also tough and heat tolerant.
Neat, compact plants have large, long leaves that are oval to triangular in shape, lightly hairy and bright green with toothed margins. The plants slowly form clumps. Spikes which sometimes branch of paired, tubular, two-lipped, hooded flowers appear from summer till frost. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows easily in sun or partial shade. Coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Although somewhat drought tolerant once established, it performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be grown as an annual, in containers or lifted for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps when they become thick. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Patio Rose

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : Deep rosy pink flowers adorn this compact gentian sage all summer. Patio Rose' is a vigorous, well-branched ornamental sage that's easy to grow and low-maintenance. This tuberous herbaceous perennial blooms continuously with good care and originates from Central Mexico, so it is also tough and heat tolerant.
Neat, compact plants have large, long leaves that are oval to triangular in shape, lightly hairy and bright green with toothed margins. The plants slowly form clumps. Spikes which sometimes branch of paired, tubular, two-lipped, hooded flowers appear from summer till frost. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows easily in sun or partial shade. Coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Although somewhat drought tolerant once established, it performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be grown as an annual, in containers or lifted for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps when they become thick. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens (PATIO SERIES)

Salvia patens (PATIO SERIES)

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : The compact cultivars of gentian sage in the Patio Series are vigorous, well-branched and come in shades of blue, pink, lavender, rose and white. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, Gentian sage brings pleasing blue blooms to the summer garden. Salvia patens is a tuberous herbaceous perennial native to Central Mexico. It has been grown in gardens since the early 1800s, so it's excellent for old-fashioned gardens. This exceptionally beautiful sage is also tough and heat tolerant.
The bushy, clump-forming plants are well-branched and have stems lined with long, oval to triangular leaves that are lightly hairy, bright green and have toothed edges. Beautiful flower spikes start blooming in late spring to early summer and continue all season. The spikes are lined with pairs of two-lipped, hooded flowers. The blooms have a spreading, open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees. Inconspicuous nutlet fruits follow.
This appealing salvia grows easily in full or partial sun. Coarse, well-drained soil with average fertility is preferred. It is somewhat drought tolerant once established but performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided, particularly in the winter. Gentian sage is somewhat cold tolerant and may be grown as a marginal perennial or bedding annual where winters are too harsh. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps if they become too large. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, sunny borders and cottage gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens Patio Sky Blue

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Description : True sky blue flowers adorn this compact gentian sage all summer. Patio Sky Blue' is a vigorous, well-branched ornamental sage that's easy to grow and low-maintenance. This tuberous herbaceous perennial blooms continuously with good care and originates from Central Mexico, so it is also tough and heat tolerant.
Neat, compact plants have large, long leaves that are oval to triangular in shape, lightly hairy and bright green with toothed margins. The plants slowly form clumps. Spikes which sometimes branch of paired, tubular, two-lipped, hooded flowers appear from summer till frost. The blooms have a spreading open form, are slightly hairy and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows easily in sun or partial shade. Coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Although somewhat drought tolerant once established, it performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be grown as an annual, in containers or lifted for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Divide the clumps when they become thick. Gentian sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and rock gardens.


Botanical Name : Salvia patens (OCEANA(r) BLUE)

Salvia patens

Common Name : Gentian Sage

Gentain sage is named for the true blue colour of its flowers, which is similar to that of gentians. This tender perennial is common in central Mexico, where the winters are mild and dry. Oceana(r) Blue is a cultivar with large, vivid dark blue flowers that are deeper in colour than those of the species. Swaying like ship's flags in the slightest breeze, the tubular, two-lipped blossoms are held in tall, loose spikes atop bushy mounds of slightly fuzzy, toothed, rich green foliage. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, the blooms appear when summer temperatures warm, continuing through fall if plants are properly deadheaded.
This beautiful salvia thrives in full sun and well-drained, reasonably fertile soil which receives regular moisture. Where summers are very hot, it may benefit from some afternoon shade. Wet or soggy conditions should be avoided. Trim back faded flowers regularly to promote heavier reblooming and to maintain a neat appearance. Although perennial in very warm climates, gentian sage is commonly treated as an annual in temperate zones. It lends an elegant yet delicate touch to mixed container compositions, cottage gardens and perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia Pink Delight

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : Salvia Pink Delight' brings a hardy constitution and showy good looks to gardens in a wide range of climates. Bred from European meadow sage hybrids, this patented variety forms a compact, basally-branched clump of elongated, oval-shaped, wrinkled foliage. The unusually large green leaves are aromatic and have wavy edges. Dense, knee-high spires of small, tubular, lavender-pink flowers appear profusely in late spring, continuing throughout summer if sheared back periodically.
Plant this exceptional salvia in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil which receives regular moisture. Cut back faded blossoms periodically to maintain a neat appearance and to encourage heavier re-blooming. Meadow sage is a classic perennial which is at home in mixed borders and casual cottage gardens.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia pratensis

Salvia pratensis

Common Name : Meadow Clary

Description : This old European herb proves a hardy flowering perennial for gardens in a wide range of climates. It is native to much of Europe and mountains of Morocco where it thrives on less than ideal soils often in conjunction with meadow grasses. This is a clump forming plant grown early on in cottage gardens as clary sage. Unusually large green leaves are oddly toothed, wrinkled and aromatic. Plants are lush and mounding, making a fine casual perennial for beds and borders.
Clary sage blooms early to midsummer with terminal spikes bearing a unique sticky hairy surface. Curious curved, lipped flowers are typically violet, but white and pink hybrids are available. Blooms are produced heavily, and if promptly deadheaded they will re-bloom for awhile or perhaps a second time in the fall. This is a quintessential cottage garden plant or a staple of the early American historic garden. Provide well drained soil, average fertility, full sun and regular water.


Botanical Name : Salvia Purple Majesty

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : This beautiful, long-blooming salvia hybrid comes from the famed Huntington Botanical Garden in Southern California. Easy to grow, it is the product of a cross between the deciduous South American species Salvia guaranitica and the red flowered, semi-deciduous Salvia gesneraeflora Tequila', originating from Mexico.
Purple Majesty' is a large, tall-growing salvia whose well-branched stems are covered with bright green, shiny, slightly puckered leaves which remain evergreen within the plant's hardiness zones. Long wands of tubular, two-lipped, violet-blue flowers are borne at the ends of the branches. The vivid blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
Plant this striking salvia in full to part sun in fertile, well-drained soil, and water regularly. In areas with very hot summers, it may appreciate some afternoon shade. Removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier flowering and helps to maintain a neat appearance.
Where hardy, Purple Majesty' blooms continuously almost year-round. In colder zones, it is suitable for use as an annual and will flower over a long period from midsummer to frost. It is an outstanding choice for large container compositions and mixed borders, where it lends an airy note of vertical appeal and rich, long-lasting colour.


Botanical Name : Salvia roemeriana Hot Trumpets

Salvia roemeriana

Common Name : Dwarf Crimson Sage

Description : Pretty, compact and well branched, salvia Hot Trumpets' produces an abundant, early spring display of small, dark red flowers. This shade-loving beauty is a cultivar of cedar sage, a species native from central and west Texas to northern Mexico. It is often found growing in partially shaded sites amid the fallen leaf litter of juniper species, giving the plant its common name. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, this lovely herbaceous perennial has been cultivated in gardens since the mid- nineteenth century.
Hot Trumpets' forms a basal clump of rounded, hairy, dark green foliage with scalloped edges. When crushed, the leaves emit a pleasant fragrance reminiscent of cedar. The small plants produce numerous, open branches topped with loose spikes of tubular, two-lipped, red flowers. Appearing from spring until frost, the bright, slightly hairy blooms are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. This plant produces many seeds and readily self-sows to form small colonies.
Grow this appealing small perennial in partial shade and coarse, well-drained soil of average fertility. Although drought tolerant once established, cedar sage performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Soggy soils should be avoided particularly in the winter. Where not hardy, this salvia may be treated as an annual or grown in containers to be moved indoors during the winter. Removal of spent flowers encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Cedar sage Hot Trumpets' is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders and beds in shady locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia sclarea

Salvia sclarea

Common Name : Clary Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America.
In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia sinaloensis

Salvia sinaloensis

Common Name : Sinaloa Blue Sage

Description : A sage for the shade! Native to the Mexican province of Sinaloa, this sage is often found growing in foothills of the mountains. Easy to grow and requiring little maintenance, Sinaloa sage brings pleasing cobalt-blue blooms to the garden. This clump-forming, shrubby, herbaceous perennial is a good choice for groundcover.
Small mounding plants spread by both rhizomes (lateral underground stems) and prostrate, thin branches which tend to root where they touch the ground to form tidy patches. Lance-shaped leaves clothe the stems densely. They are small, have toothed margins and are purple to bronze when young. The leaves mature to grey-green, but retain some colour in sunnier spots. Spikes bearing tubular, two-lipped, blue flowers with white spots on the lips appear at the ends of the branches from summer till frost. The showy calyces (outer bud coverings) are burgundy and persist long after the flowers have fallen from the spikes. The blooms are loosely arranged in clusters around the spikes and are highly attractive to bees.
This appealing salvia grows best in partial shade. The leaves retain more purple colour in the sun but the plants needs more water in such locations. Fertile soil with ample drainage is preferred. Although drought-tolerant once established, Sinaloa sage performs and blooms best with regular water during the growing season. Though tolerant of temperatures a few degrees below freezing, this sage should be protected from harsh winter winds. It may be grown as an annual or in containers which can be moved for winter protection where not hardy. Removal of spent spikes encourages re-blooming and helps to maintain a neat appearance. Sinaloa sage is a fine choice for containers, mixed borders, and beds, in shady locations.


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens

Salvia splendens Felder Rushing

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Picante Burgundy

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Picante burgundy scarlet sage is a bright, bushy, tender perennial native to Brazil that is most often used as an annual bedding plant. Known for its vigor and reliably abundant blooms, this plant produces deep burgundy spikes of flowers from late spring to autumn. Picante burgundy scarlet sage is also known for being fairly shade tolerant, an unusual attribute among salvias. Its long bloom time makes this plant a great choice for use as a vertical accent plant in hanging baskets and containers, or for mass plantings.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Picante Light Purple

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Picante series scarlet sage is a bright, bushy, tender perennial native to Brazil that is most often used as an annual bedding plant. Known for their vigor and reliably abundant blooms, plants in this series produce spikes of red, purple, salmon, burgundy or pink flowers from late spring to autumn. Popular cultivars within the series include Picante Purple' and Picante Burgundy'. Picante series scarlet sage is also known for being fairly shade tolerant, an unusual attribute among salvias. Its long bloom time makes this plant a great choice for use as a vertical accent plant in hanging baskets and containers, or for mass plantings.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Picante Salmon

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Picante series scarlet sage is a bright, bushy, tender perennial native to Brazil that is most often used as an annual bedding plant. Known for their vigour and reliably abundant blooms, plants in this series produce spikes of red, purple, salmon, burgundy or pink flowers from late spring to autumn. Popular cultivars within the series include Picante Purple' and Picante Burgundy'. Picante series scarlet sage is also known for being fairly shade tolerant, an unusual attribute among salvias. Its long bloom time makes this plant a great choice for use as a vertical accent plant in hanging baskets and containers, or for mass plantings.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Picante Scarlet

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Picante series scarlet sage is a bright, bushy, tender perennial native to Brazil that is most often used as an annual bedding plant. Known for their vigour and reliably abundant blooms, plants in this series produce spikes of red, purple, salmon, burgundy or pink flowers from late spring to autumn. Popular cultivars within the series include Picante Purple' and Picante Burgundy'. Picante series scarlet sage is also known for being fairly shade tolerant, an unusual attribute among salvias. Its long bloom time makes this plant a great choice for use as a vertical accent plant in hanging baskets and containers, or for mass plantings.

 


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Red Alert

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Red Hot Sally

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Red Hot Sally Sage, Scarlet Sage

Description : Red Hot Sally scarlet sage produces stocky spikes of vivid red flowers early in summer and continuing until frost. Native to Brazil, this tender perennial is most often used as an annual bedding plant. Spent flower spikes may be cut off so that side buds grow and produce more flowers. The flowers are held slightly above the green leaves, creating a dense plant with stout and bright accents of red petals. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to this plant.
This scarlet sage cultivar needs full sun and average garden soil, however it is very heat and drought tolerant once established. Red Hot Sally' is tremendously useful as a massed annual planting, as border accents, or in containers. It can provide a full, yet short vertical accent for large hanging baskets, too.


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Salsa Light Purple

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Salsa Plum

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Salsa Rose

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Salsa Scaret

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens (SALSA SERIES)

Salvia splendens (SALSA SERIES)

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Sangria

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Sizzler Lavender

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Sizzler Pink

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Sizzler Red

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens (SIZZLER SERIES)

Salvia splendens (SIZZLER SERIES)

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens van-Houttei

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Named for the father of Belgium horticulture, Louis Benoit van Houtte, this tender perennial is one of the first scarlet sage selections to become available to gardeners. It is valued for its tall, upright habit and produces burgundy wine coloured flowers from spring to frost. This antique variety has recently reappeared in modern nurseries because of its easy to grow and has elegant appeal.
A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It is grown as a perennial in warmer zones where it becomes woody with age. In locations with cold winters, it survives as an annual. Salvia van-Houttei' has light to medium green foliage and produces spikes of wine-red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated, so this is a shoe-in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these scarlet sage happy. In frost-free zones, the plants prefer a bit of afternoon shade and will bloom most of the year with regular deadheading and feeding. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals.


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Vista Purple

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage, Vista Purple Sage

Description : This is a purple-flowered cultivar of Salvia splendens, a tender perennial evergreen sage native to Brazil known as Scarlet sage. Not hardy, it is grown in the garden as an annual for continuous bloom from purple flowers massed on leafy, upright stalks above a clump of green, toothy leaves. Flowering can start as early as late spring and run to late fall, unchecked by the heat of summer. Prompt removal of spent flower stalks prolongs flowering.
Give Vista Purple' a location in full sun with well-drained soil. Like other Scarlet sages, it responds with vigorous growth and flowering to constant moisture and bi-weekly fertilizing. Grow it in masses as a bedding annual, or in bouquet containers and hanging baskets as an upright accent.


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Vista Red

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : Salvia Vista Red' features dense spikes of brilliant red, tubular flowers which bloom continuously throughout the warm summer months. As with other members of the Vista' series, its vibrant blooms are borne profusely atop bushy, compact, heat tolerant plants. This terrific, high performing salvia is a form of scarlet sage, a bushy, tender perennial native to Brazil.
The branched stems of scarlet sage are clothed with oval, pointed, dark to medium green foliage with lightly scalloped edges. Its showy flowers appear when temperatures are warm and accommodating, continuing throughout the year in warmest climates. The long, tubular blooms are surrounded by equally bright and colourful calyces (outer bud coverings), and are highly attractive to hummingbirds. Though typically red-flowered, many cultivars exist in colours ranging from orange to pink, purple and white-flowered selections.
Plant scarlet sage in full to partial sun and fertile, well-drained garden loam which receives regular moisture. Afternoon shade is beneficial in hottest climates. Faded flowers should be removed periodically to encourage heavier blooming and to maintain a neat appearance. This classic bedding plant looks terrific when planted in groups, and mixes beautifully with other hot-coloured, heat tolerant plants.


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens Vista Rose

Salvia splendens

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia splendens (VISTA SERIES)

Salvia splendens (VISTA SERIES)

Common Name : Scarlet Sage

Description : A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It has dark to medium green foliage and produces spikes of red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colourful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated so this is a shoe in plant for hummingbird gardens.
Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these popular bedding plants happy. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals. Regular deadheading of the spent flower spikes will prolong flowering well into fall.
Though typically red-flowered, there are many cultivars of scarlet sage with other bloom colours including orange, pink, purple and white-flowered selections


Botanical Name : Salvia Stampede Cherry

Salvia

Common Name : Autumn Sage, Stampede Cherry Autumn Sage

Description : Salvia Stampede Cherry' features bright flowers of cherry-pink which bloom continuously on compact, airy plants as long as the weather is warm. It is a hybrid of Salvia greggii, a heat-loving, semi-evergreen perennial native to Texas and Mexico, and was bred for compact growth and continuous bloom. Its tubular, lipped flowers are held in opposite pairs on loose spikes, and feature contrasting black calyces (outer bud coverings). The jewel-like blooms rise from airy, well-branched clumps...

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia Stampede Citron

Salvia

Common Name : Autumn Sage, Stampede Citron Sage

Description : Stampede citron sage is a heat-loving, compact, semi-evergreen perennial. Throughout summer and fall, this floriferous plant becomes covered with small medium green leaves and bears loose spikes of pretty lipped flowers of palest yellow. Drought tolerant and tough, it is easy to grow if provided with full sun and well drained, average soil. Its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and add colour to containers and sunny mixed beds. In northern zones autumn sage may be grown as a tender perennial.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia x superba

Salvia x superba Ernst Benary(r) Inc.

Common Name : Hybrid Ornamental Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage

Description : The tough, perennial hybrid wood sage is a must for sunny perennial borders, and its colourful flower spikes blend well with many other garden ornamentals. This sage is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Many cultivars previously placed under S. nemorosa are now considered S. x sylvestris hybrids.
This vigorous but tame, compact perennial bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms may be purple, violet-blue, rose-pink or white and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Hybrid wood sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil if well drained and can even tolerate periods of drought once well established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris Blue Hill

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage

Description : This tried and true cultivar is distinguished by its compact stature and prolific spikes of medium violet-blue flowers that appear in summer.
The tough, perennial hybrid wood sage is a must for sunny perennial borders, and its colourful flower spikes blend well with many other garden ornamentals. This sage is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Many cultivars previously placed under S. nemorosa are now considered S. x sylvestris hybrids.

 

 


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris Blue Queen

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage

Description : The pretty and vigorous Blue Queen' is a compact form of the popular hybrid wood sage, which offers upright stems of purple-blue blooms in summer.
The tough, perennial hybrid wood sage is a must for sunny perennial borders because its easy to grow and colourful. It is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Many cultivars previously placed under S. nemorosa are now considered S. x sylvestris hybrids.
Hybrid wood sage forms a neat compact clump of foliage. Upright spikes of flowers appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are purple-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Hybrid wood sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil if well-drained and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris May Night

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage, May Night Ornamental Sage

Description : Talk about an ornamental work-horse! This compact, hardy perennial produces beautiful flowers through much of the growing season. From summer to fall, flower spikes of bright violet-blue appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees, and bloom time will be extended if spent spikes are removed.
Salvia x sylvestris is a hybrid cross between Salvia nemerosa and Salvia x superba. There are several vigorous cultivars of this hybrid, May Night' being the most popular.
Grow this reliable ornamental sage in full sun and fertile soil with good drainage. It is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris Rose Queen

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage

Description : The colourful Rose Queen' is a long-blooming cultivar of the popular hybrid wood sage that offers loosely upright stems of rose-coloured blooms in summer.
This tough, perennial ornamental sage is a must for sunny borders because its easy to grow and colourful. It is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Many cultivars previously placed under S. nemorosa are now considered S. x sylvestris hybrids.
Hybrid wood sage forms a neat compact clump of foliage. Upright spikes of flowers appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are purple-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Hybrid wood sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil if well-drained and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris Snow Hill

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Hybrid Wood Sage

Description : The tough, perennial Snow Hill' is a must for sunny perennial borders, and its bright white flower spikes blend well with many other garden ornamentals. It is a hybrid of two salvia species,S. nemorosa and S. pratensis.
This vigorous but tame, compact, perennial bears upright spikes of flowers that appear in early summer and will re-bloom if spent spikes are removed promptly. The plentiful blooms appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull-green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Not picky, Snow Hill' thrives in average soil, if well drained, and can even tolerate periods of drought once well established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny beds and borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia x sylvestris Viola Klose

Salvia x sylvestris

Common Name : Viola Klose Ornamental Sage, Wood Sage

Description : The compact hybrid wood sage, Viola Klose', offers upright, well-branched stems of deep violet-blue blooms in summer.
This tough, perennial is a must for sunny borders because its easy to grow and colourful. It is a cross between S. nemorosa and S. pratensis. Many cultivars previously placed under S. nemorosa are now considered S. x sylvestris hybrids.
Hybrid wood sage forms a neat compact clump of foliage. Upright spikes of flowers appear in early summer and will re-bloom if deadheaded. The plentiful blooms are purple-blue and appear over crinkly, slightly aromatic, dull green leaves. These flowers are highly attractive to bees and will even draw the occasional butterfly.
Hybrid wood sage is not too soil picky. It will thrive in average soil if well-drained and can even tolerate periods of drought once well-established. If subjected to excessive soil moisture, it may suffer root rot. Full sun is a must for good flowering. It is ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.


Botanical Name : Salvia Ultra Violet

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage, Ultra Violet Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.


Botanical Name : Salvia verticillata Purple Rain

Salvia verticillata

Common Name : Lilac Sage, Purple Rain Sage

Description : A floriferous improvement on the species, this hybrid offers a hardy blue-,flowering perennial for gardens in a wide range of climates. Its parent species is native to much of Europe and western Asia, proving its adaptability. This is a clump-forming plant bearing unusually large leaves that are oblong and slightly hairy, arranged almost in a rosette. The low, spreading form of Purple Rain' makes it a fine cover for large areas where its aromatic foliage can block out weeds. This is a lush salvia, and makes a fine, casual perennial for beds and borders.
A summer-bloomer, Purple Rain' produces long, branched flower stalks that are more numerous than those of the parent species. The flowers are arranged in dense whorls creating beautiful terminal spikes in violet but sometimes pink, and they bear a unique, sticky, hairy surface. The spikes are particularly attractive for cutting due to this geometry, but if left on the plants to go to seed the result is equally charming in the late season. Blooms may also be promptly deadheaded for a chance of second bloom in the fall. This is a new version of an old European, quintessential cottage garden plant, and a true chameleon offering beauty in most perennial applications. Provide well-drained soil, average fertility, full sun and regular water.


Botanical Name : Salvia Wendy's Wish

Salvia

Common Name : Ornamental Sage

Description : The genus Salvia has yielded many indispensable ornamentals and culinary herbs without which the world's gardens and cuisine would not be the same. Comprising more than 900 species, it is the largest genus in the mint family. Its various members are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical areas, with a concentration of diversity in Central and South-Western Asia and Central and South America. In addition to their seasoning and ornamental functions, some salvias have been valued since ancient times for their medicinal properties, and the name Salvia is in fact derived from the Latin word salvere, meaning "to save".
Extremely variable in habit and form, salvias may be annual, biennial or perennial, herbaceous or woody, and either evergreen or deciduous. All are characterized by square stems, and carry pairs of leaves held opposite one another. The leaves may have smooth, toothed or scalloped edges, and can be either simple (without divisions or indentations) or pinnate (feather-shaped). Foliage texture may be smooth, rough or hairy, and the leaves are often highly aromatic.
Tubular, two-lipped flowers are borne in loose to dense whorls or opposite pairs around single or branched stems. Appearing in nearly every colour imaginable, they range from white to blues and purples, and shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. The calyces, or outer bud coverings, are sometimes also brightly coloured. The flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and numerous insects, and have a unique mechanism to ensure cross-pollination. When an insect enters a flower, it depresses a lever which causes the pollen-producing stamens to deposit pollen on the back of the visitor. When the insect visits another flower, the pollen is deposited on the female stigma which is positioned to correspond with the placement of the pollen.
The salvia most often used for cooking is Salvia officinalis, or common sage. This semi-woody perennial has been used for many centuries to make medicinal teas and poultices, and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages. Native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe and northern Africa, it is easy to grow and thrives in sunny, well-drained locations. Varieties of common sage are available which have colourful purple or variegated foliage, and are beautiful as well as delicious.
Numerous salvia species, cultivars and hybrids exist which are prized for their beautiful flowers and aesthetic qualities in the garden. Many are quite tall and most bear long, colourful spikes of showy blooms. Hardiness and culture differs according to type, but most generally prefer sunny, fertile, well-drained locations. Regular watering is preferable, and even drought-tolerant species benefit from a deep soaking at least once a month. Some types flower more freely and become bushier when pinched back occasionally. Select varieties whose growth requirements match the site conditions, and the plants will thrive beautifully.

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