Salvia x chamaedryoides ‘Marine Blue’

Always on the lookout for the latest and bluest Salvia. Well this one fits the bill. Sage green foliage shaded with gray on an upright semi-woody shrub to 2′ tall. Beginning in mid summer and continuously until frost a procession of deep ultramarine blue flowers. Remove spent flower spikes and more will return. Blue, oh, so blue. Full hot sun in a hot position in rich, WELL DRAINED SOIL. No boggy in winter or we freeze and die. Freezes back to the ground in all but the mildest winters (above 25ºF). Do not cut back in spring until you see positive new growth pushing then eliminate the dead material. Sun and good drainage. Light summer water.

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Salvia x ‘Christine Yeo’

Very good Salvia that blooms non-stop medium purple flowers for months in summer well into autumn. Tall growing to 3′ and somewhat wispy. A possible hybrid with the blue flowered Salvia chamaedryoides. Hummingbirds love this free blooming hardy perennial. Freezes to the ground below the mid 20’s. Returns from the base in spring. Rich, WELL DRAINED soil in full sun. Drainage in winter is the key. Add some pumice and gravel to the planting hole and water consistently to this plant good and established. Do not cut back in the spring until you actually see new growth pushing. Then remove all the dead material. Regains stature quickly in spring.

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Salvia ‘San Carlos Festival’

Always on the lookout for cold and wet tolerant Salvias, this one has been a winner. Forms a woody structure topped by lush light green foliage. Beginning in July and continuing until frost hot magenta pink flowers appear again and again. Loved by hummingbirds  and all sorts of pollinators. Incredibly long blooming plant that gets by on a minimum amount of water each summer. Very well drained rich soil. Regular summer water speeds growth and makes a bigger plant that is ultimately hardier to cold. Laughs at the reflected heat of hellstrips. To 2′ x 2′ in a season. Regenerates from the roots following a hard winter. Cut back in early spring.

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Salvia muelleri

This purple flowered royal sage has impressed us for years with its hardiness to cold, true purple flowers and tolerance of cold winter wet. A loose spreading perennial that adorns its tips with royal purple flower from June to frost. Never dense it prefers full hot sun and very well drained soils and light but consistent summer water. To 18″ tall by 2′ wide in time. Do not cut back until new growth pushes in spring. It needs a woody framework of branches to protect the overwintering crown. Takes blasting hot conditions. Moderate deer resistance.

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Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Huge roaming and dramatic Salvia for full sun and VERY well drained conditions. Rich soil sends this 6′ tall by 4′ wide perennial soaring. Large clusters of royal blue flowers each held in a jet black calyx. Great affect. Full sun to light shade with regular summer water. Dies out in heavy cold soils. Locate in a warm site. Spreads by underground runners. Loved by hummingbirds. Blooms July to October or later if its frost free. Do not cut back until new growth appears in spring. Dies completely to the ground with the first hard freeze. Mulch in colder zones.

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Salvia x ‘Playa Rosa’

A chance seedling in our nursery has yielded a stupendous semi shrubby incredibly long blooming Salvia. Large soft lavender pink flowers are born en masse on a the 2′ x 2′ woody frame this plant produces in rich, well drained soil in a hot position. The flowers begin in May and continue through summer- including during the hottest temperatures (good job!) Loved by hummingbirds  butterflies and savvy gardeners. Seems to relish reflected heat + sharp drainage. Light summer water. Do not cut back until new growth pushes in spring.

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Salvia cohuilensis ‘Nuevo Leon’

This may be a simple species but since we acquired it with this cultivar name I am loathe to change it until I am perfectly sure. A hardy long blooming Salvia that can become fairly woody with time but also spreads underground by stolons to form expanding patches. Full sun, very well drained rich soil with regular summer water. Thrives in the reflected heat of the hellstrip. To 1′ tall and 2′ wide in 5 years. Do not cut back until new growth pushes in spring. Flowers are deep purple/blue and appear from spring to autumn taking a break during 100ºF stretches. Aromatic foliage. Hummingbird favorite. Light summer water.’

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