Salvia are easy-to-grow perenniasl for intense summer color that love heat. Remove spent flower spikes to extend the bloom period. Plants may become somewhat floppy and open up as the summer progresses, particularly in humid climates. If plants flop or otherwise depreciate in summer to the point where they look unsightly, cut them back to the basal foliage.
Cultivars / Varieties
Adora Blue – 8” containers, 14” garden; First year flowering. Intense deep violet-blue perennial, more compact and densely branched with multiple flowers spikes from early stage.
Blue Queen – 16”; First year flowering. Dwarf, deep violet-blue spikes.
Merleau Series – 14”; First year flowering. No vernalization needed. Deep-blue flowers bloom early above deep green leaves. Blooms June-September. Blue (Fleuroselect Medal ), Rose, & White.
Merleau Compact Blue – Fleuroselect Medal. 10-12”; First year flowering. No vernalization needed. Deep-blue flowers bloom early above deep-green leaves. Outstanding pot performance.
New Dimension Series – 8-10”; First year flowering. Early perennial, strongly branching. Rose is intense & Blue is deepest blue from seed.
Rose Queen – 2 ft; Rose spikes. First year flowering.
Rosenwein – 2 ft; Pink spikes.
Violet – 2 ft; May night type, tall violet-blue spikes.
Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman
Recommended for Wildlife by
Creating a Wild Backyard – Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees – Maryland DNR
Some Favorite Nectar Plants – Washington Area Butterfly Club
Butterfly Gardening in the DC Area – Washington Butterfly Club
Bees, Bugs & Blooms – A pollinator trial – Penn State
For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats – Virginia Extension
Top Nectar Plants, Piedmont (Central Maryland) by North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies of Maryland: A biological summary and checklist by Maryland DNR