Perennial Salvia flowers all summer

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, YouCanLearnSeries.com
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 perennial sage.


Perennial Full sun
Remove spent flowers for a second bloom well drained soil - can tolerate heat and dryness
Flower colors of violet-blue or rose-pink blooms from June through September height 2 to 3 feet
Attracts butterflys width 2 to 3 feet


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The Salvia has purple flowers
The Salvia has long spiky flowers.

    

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Deadhead the salvia after blooming for more blooms.
Deadhead the salvia after blooming for more blooms.

    
The salvia flowers in dry conditions and attracts butterflys. These look great next to butterfly bushes and are pretty much pest free.


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