Perennial sages are a beautiful addition to any summer garden and come in a variety of cultivars ranging from 18-24 inches to 2-3 feet in height. One of my all-time favorites for long bloom time and vibrant color is Salvia nemerosa 'May Night'. This lovely perennial is drought tolerant, deer resistant and is attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds. It was also voted as Perennial Plant of the Year in 1997!
|Salvia 'May Night'|
|Salvia 'May Night' New Growth|
Salvia is easy to propagate through stem cuttings or division of a mature plant. The best time to divide is in early spring when new foliage just starts to appear. It is recommended to apply a layer of mulch around the new planting and keep it well watered until established. A well balanced fertilizer (10-10-10 or 20-20-20) in springtime on established plants will help to promote fuller green foliage and vibrant blooms.
|Salvia 'May Night' in Perennial Border|
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2011.