salvia (perennial)

Planting Tips

A huge genus many of which are useful in the garden; summer and fall bloomers. Many are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds; will forgive a wilt, and bloom more profusely if grown on the dry side.

Blooming season: summer through fall
Plant habit: upright
Characteristics: attracts wildlife, bees and hummingbirds, heat tolerant, deer-resistant
Uses: middle or back of a border, cut flower, herb garden


guaranitica Black and Bloom
Spacing: 16-18″ Height: 24-48″ Exposure: sun

Improved version of Black and Blue with thicker leaves and darker stems

Mystic Spires
Spacing: 16-18 Height: 24-36″ Exposure: sun

Slightly shorter version of Indigo Spires

leucantha Santa Barbara
Spacing: 18″ Height: 24-30″ Exposure: sun

Much improved, more compact leucantha-type salvia. Developed from a seedling discovered in the garden of Santa Barbara CA gardener Kathiann Brown.