Hands down, our test garden's most handsome plant: tall, dark green stems; bright sage green leaves; abundant 1 ½" florets of the richest blue with truly black sepals just below the petals. Not only are they gorgeous, but they bloom relentlessly from late spring to early autumn. The tall, graceful plants, 4 ft. x 3 ft. work beautifully in large pots, but stunningly as borders or hedges.
Sow indoors in a warm, well lighted area about 10-12 weeks before last frost. Barely press seeds into seed Starting formula. Keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 15-21 days. Before transfer to garden, accustom to conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week. Transplant the hardened-off seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost has passed. All salvias tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but they grow best in well-drained, rich soil. Provide plants with extras water in dry weather. The plants grow well in full sun and partial shade. Deadheading is recommended.
These versatile, colorful plants are widely grown in annual gardens, perennial gardens, mixed borders, formal mass plantings, herb gardens, wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, and containers. Compact cultivars add excitement to window boxes; tall-stemmed types are great for cutting.