This group of
perennials is one of the best selections for areas that have hot, dry summers. Salvia
shrugs off the heat and continues to produce wonderful, upright sprays of flowers.
Flower colors range from purple, pink and white. Salvia is a very valuable flower in the
garden for it provides fall color, a time when most perennials are past their prime.
Our selection of perennial Salvias are all easy to grow and once established require
minimal attention. (pictured above - Salvia 'Purple
Plants require full sun and a well drained soil - Salvia will rot if planted in soggy
soil. Plants are considered to be drought tolerant, however we do not advise that you let
them suffer through long periods of dry weather. Give them plenty of water during
dry spells for better looking plants and heavier flowering. Soil should be amended
well with compost and peat moss. Feed in early spring with a top dressing of
composted manure and bone meal (poultry manure is best if available). Feed two
more times during the summer with liquid fish emulsion. Salvia plants benefit from light pruning and deadheading after each
flush of flowering.
Propagation: stem cuttings and division
Problems: if not given enough sun the plants will suffer
Notes: For best results and prolonged flowering deadhead spent
flowers and provide adequate water during dry spells