|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: June 4, 2005
The salvia is a plant to place in full sun and requires well drained
soil. Place the salvia in borders and rock gardens as they require little care.
You can keep salvias blooming longer in the summer season by deadheading them
when the flowers are spent. For floppy plants, cut the blooms and the stalks
and flowers will come back stronger and sturdier.
When the center of the plant becomes open and floppy, it is time to divide
them. Divide the salvia in the spring being sure to cut out the dead center and
replanting the remaining pieces.
These flowers will bloom from June through September and really require little
care to maintain. The East Friesland variety is dark violet and needs no
staking. The salvia is a relative of the sage plant.
You can get them in violet-blue or rose-pink and they will grow 2 to 3 feet
tall and and the same width. Another name for the salvia is violet sage or