Salvia: care-free color in August heat

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Tough-to-grow sites in your garden don’t have to be lackluster! Salvia handles drought, poor soils, and intense heat with ease (and looks good doing it). Not only are they durable, but they’re packed full of vibrant colorsfragrance, and pollinator-attracting power that will bring your garden to life. Unique flower spikes emerge in late spring or early summer, covered in small tubular flowers that are loaded with nectar and pollen. And while pollinators are drawn to the flowers, the fragrant foliage tends to drive deer and rabbits away. Salvia is truly a worry-free addition to the garden, which is why it is commonly found in landscapes all over the US.

Many gardeners find August to be a relatively boring month in the garden. High temperatures and drought cause flowers and foliage to quickly fade. Some plants even stop producing flowers altogether until temperatures cool down. Salvia still manages to shine throughout August, and with some extra deadheading, will even rebloom while everything else slows down. Every gardener should have a few (or more) salvias, which is why we’re highlighting it as our August plant of the month.

How to Grow Salvia

  • Soil: Any average soil will do, provided it is well-draining. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Light: Full sun (6+ hours direct sunlight per day)
  • Water: Dry to average — Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this.
  • Spacing: 1 – 2 ft
  • Fertilizing: None required; if desired, apply a general-purpose garden fertilizer in early spring.
  • Winterizing: No special care is needed. Many gardeners allow the spent foliage to stand until spring and remove it when new growth emerges.
  • Maintenance & Pruning: Remove spent flower spikes to help encourage rebloom.

Whether you’re looking for an airy light blue or dark saturated purple, you’ll find it in our collection. Meet the lineup here:

'May Night' Salvia

With long-lasting flowers and strong stems, you can rely on a lush display of indigo flowers on ‘May Night’ salvia all summer long! Even in strong winds and rain, spikes remain upright for you and the pollinators to enjoy.

Color Spires® 'Azure Snow' Salvia

Two-toned flowers on Color Spires® ‘Azure Snow’ salvia are bound to catch your eye in the garden! Flowers with ice blue and white tones appear in late spring and continue to bloom all summer long. Plant it in masses for the best look (and pollinator-attracting power).

Color Spires® 'Back to the Fuchsia' Salvia

If your garden needs an extra pop of pink, then Color Spires® ‘Back to the Fuchsia’ salvia is the perfect perennial for you! Vibrant pink flowers bloom on dark charcoal stems. Pair it with dark foliage plants, like Black Lace® elderberry or Winecraft Black® smokebush.

Color Spires® 'Crystal Blue" Salvia

Looking to cool down your hot summer garden? Color Spires® ‘Crystal Blue’ salvia offers striking light-blue bloom in contrast to the typical darker purple colors. Use it as an accent or make it the star of the show by planting it in masses!

Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Salvia

The flowers of Color Spires® ‘Indiglo Girl’ salvia are so saturated and vibrant, they practically glow in the landscape! You’re not the only one who will notice. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are drawn to the blooms, which last all summer long.

Color Spires® 'Pink Dawn' Salvia

Color Spires® ‘Pink Dawn’ salvia truly is a low-maintenance beauty that keeps on giving all summer long. Cotton candy pink flower spikes look dreamy alone or in masses. Plant them in an area where you can watch all the butterflies enjoy the blooms!

Color Spires® 'Violet Riot' Salvia

Add a jolt of violet-blue color to your landscape with Color Spires® ‘Violet Riot’ salvia! This salvia takes everything you love about the classic ‘May Night’, but adds more flowers, stronger stems, and more saturated colors. What more could you ask for?

Color Spires® 'Caradonna' Salvia

‘Caradonna’ salvia offers more than just deep violet flowers. They boast dark purple stems as well! The flower spikes pop against their silvery-green fragrant foliage, attracting pollinators and repelling deer.

Written by: Miranda Niemiec, click here to read bio.

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