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Perennial Salvia

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Perennial salvia, or sage, offers bright flower spikes for a long period in summer. Its upright habit is the perfect complement to shorter, spreading plants.

collage of salvia blooms

Perennial salvia is a showy garden standout with dense purple flower spikes. Cultivars are available with flowers that are blue, violet, pink, or white. Plants are surprisingly resistant to both drought and deer browsing. Salvia x sylvestris is a hybrid salvia with many popular cultivars, including ‘May Night’ (indigo blue flowers) and ‘Rose Queen’ (rose pink flowers).

Good companions include: rudbeckia, Shasta daisy, upright sedum, ornamental grasses, purple coneflower, coreopsis, heliopsis.

salvia and peony

Plant Type: Perennial

Zones: 4–7

Height: 18–36 in

Width: 30–36 in

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, White

Bloom Time: Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

Foilage Color: Green, Variegated

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant, Winter Interest

Uses: Cut Flowers, Perennial Border

Growing Perennial Salvia

Plant in full sun for best flowering, although part shade may be helpful where heat and humidity are prevalent. Salvia is drought-tolerant once established but looks best with ample moisture. Cut back after each flush of flowers for repeat bloom. If plants become woody near the base, divide them in early spring and replant 2–3 feet apart.

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