Salvia – Sage, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Salvia – Sage

Many
people are familiar with the Scarlet Sage and it is
of this plant that many persons will think, but we shall
speak here of the hardy Sages.

LIGHT
BLUE SALVIAS. Salvia Azurea grandiflora. This
species is one of great beauty, bearing light azure
colored flowers in great profusion upon tall, slender
spikes. The plants grow from 3 feet to 4 feet tall and
bloom from August until frost.

S.
farinacea
closely resembles the former species,
except that the calyx ;enclosing the flowers is a mealy
white. It is, therefore, a splendid sort, the blue flowers
contrasting with the grayish stems !and calyxes. Some
persons have said that this species resembles the Lavender,
but it is, of course, without the fragrance of true
Lavender. Some gardeners advise that this sort be treated
as an annual, sowing the seeds each year.

S.
uligireosa
is also a blue sort, but the throats
of the flowers are white. The plants grow 5 feet to
6 feet tall and bloom from July until frost. In general
appearance it is similar to S. Azurea.

DEEP
BLUE OR VIOLET SALVIAS. S. nemorosa ;(virgata nemorosa).
The purplish-violet flowers are produced in dense
clusters in July. The calyxes and stems become reddish.
It is wise to cut the plants back after flowering, in
which case they bloom again in Autumn.

S.
patens
is the deepest indigo-blue, a most unusual
color but the flowers are not produced in great profusion.
It must be treated as an annual.

UTILIZE.
Most sorts of Salvias are interesting border plants
where they make an attractive appearance grown in masses.
They are generally good cut flowers as well.

GENERAL.
Salvias, although of easy culture, require some attention.
Except for S. azurea grandiflora they are not
perfectly hardy and will need some protection during
the Winter. Plant Salvias in the sun and give them from
18 inches to 9, feet on all sides. The roots of S.
patens
may be dug and wintered in a cool cellar.

PROPAGATION.
Some sorts may be divided in the early Spring. S.
farinacea, S. patens,
and S. uliginosa are
raised from seed sown in the early Spring, in which
case, they bloom the first year from seed.

 

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