Deep purple spikes are showy in the garden bed or container.
Background music doesn't get lovelier than this. Planted in the border behind, say, petunias, marigolds or other low-growing flowers, the deep purple spikes with dark to black corollas of the statuesque 3-ft. plants become beacons of sense-drenching color. Showy in the garden bed or container, easy to grow, the upright, heat-tolerant plants are low-maintenance and high impact.
Start salvia seeds indoors in a warm, well-lighted area about 8-10 weeks before last spring frost. Press seed into soil but do not cover as seeds need light to germinate well. Keep moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 15-21 days at 70¿F. Transplant to individual containers when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of leaves. Set salvia plants 12-18" apart in a sunny location with average soil in spring after danger of frost. Salvias are drought-tolerant but appreciate extra water during prolonged dry periods. Divide salvias in the fall or spring for propogation or to rejuvenate crowded clumps.
Salvias are excellent accents for borders and beds, where they will add summertime flowers and scented foliage. Grow them with coreopsis, dahlias, four oclock, rudbeckia, daylilies, achillea, and other annuals and perennials that thrive in well-drained conditions. Most salvia species are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.