Salvia is the genus name for a group of more than 1,000 plants that grow all over the world. Salvia, also known as sage, comes in a wide variety of colors and growth patterns. It is a good nectar plant for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, and birds eat the seeds of some species. We carry both perennial and annual salvias. They love the sun but can take some shade in the summer. They are somewhat cold and drought tolerant. After blooming the perennial varieties love a “whack and feed”. Though, by definition, an annual will die at the end of a bloom cycle, sustain that cycle by deadheading. The native annual species, Salvia coccinea, will actively reseed and naturalize in your garden.
Some of the more popular perennial varieties we carry are:
Leucantha: 3-4’, silver gray foliage, and purple fuzzy flowers. Great for the middle of a flowerbed.
Wendy’s Wish: 2-3’ with a beautiful magenta flower.
Mystic Spires: By far our most popular. 18-24” which makes it great for a spike in a container and a must have in every butterfly garden.
Greggi (Hot Lips): 18-24”, pale pink flower which turns half white with cooler temperatures.
The annual varieties we carry are:
Victoria blue: 12-18” with a blue flower. Great en mass or as a spike in a container.
Summer Jewel: 18-24” with a light pink flower.
Let me know if you have and questions about these wonderful plants. They are a must have in every florida garden and with so many varieties we have one that will meet anyone’s needs.
Your friend in the garden, Ann Marie