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.
Plant Type: Perennial
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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