Commonly called sage, salvia’s vibrant flowers draw pollinators all summer long. Fragrant leaves are a nod to its mint-family heritage. Usually a perennial, this sweet-smelling beauty returns year after year.
Summer heat is no match for this flowerbed superhero. Allow salvia to dry out between shallow waterings of about a half-inch deep. Fertilize for flamboyant blooms. Snipping spent spikes will encourage more flowers. Midsummer blues: Salvia looking sad or overgrown? Remove a third of the plant.
Drought tolerant & forgiving, salvia blooms in every color—most popular are dark indigos & fiery reds.