Adding fabulous color and form to the early summer border, hardy perennial salvias are mostly represented by the hybrids of Salvia x sylvestris (Woodland Sage) and Salvia nemorosa. With their vertical, densely packed flower spikes, ranging from rich indigo-blue to violet to purple, these hardy salvias contribute to create incredibly beautiful and contrasting combinations with other perennials and ornamental grasses. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them as they enjoy sipping the nectar from their tightly bunched whorls of flowers.
- These colorful plants bloom for weeks, generally from late spring or early summer and often throughout summer.
- Perennial Salvias are really interesting plants that make an attractive accent in perennial borders, butterfly gardens, cottage gardens. They combine beautifully with yellow Achillea (Yarrow), daylilies and look fabulous when interspersed with roses. Very useful and adaptable in the garden, they are trouble-free and easy to grow.
- Reliable, these herbaceous perennials grow in round clumps of aromatic foliage, up to 18-36 in. high (45-90 cm) and 12-36 in. wide (30-90 cm).
- They enjoy full sun (light shade is tolerated) in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Moist, sandy or gravelly soils with good drainage are preferred!
- Drought tolerant and deer resistant, they are a real magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees!
- Remove spent flower spikes to promote further blooms and cut back after flowering is over.