Salvias are often referred to as sages that are charming plants with tall spires of flowers. They come in annual, perennial, biennial and shrub form, and with over 900 to choose from, you’re sure to find a couple to suit your garden. They hybridise easily so fabulous new varieties are released annually. Many have stunning flowers, some of which are bright and flamboyant, while others are pretty and dainty and so prolific they cover the plant. Plus many feature eye-catching foliage. This may fit well in a San Diego landscape design because of the low maintenance that is required.
We are going to give you 6 good reasons to plant Salvias aka Sage!
• While many salvias flower all year round, others come into their own in autumn and winter where there’s little color in the garden. Many also have colorful bracts which extend the flowering season.
• Propagation is easy. Annual salvias are quick to grow from seed while perennials can be divided and shrubby types grown from slips and cuttings.
• They’re available in colors to suit all gardens, from striking pink and mauve and white to opulent red, stunning orange and yellow as well as vivid blue.
• They’re fast growing and often aromatic.
• They attract birds, bees and myriad of insects to the garden.
• Many, particularly our South African species and those from Mexico like S. Greggii are drought tolerant so are suitable for water-wise gardens.
• All salvias need good drainage to flourish, especially in areas with clay soils or where the soil becomes cold and wet in winter.
• They’ll grow in poor, sandy soil but adding compost in the planting hole and keeping them mulched and fed produces the best results. Many like alkaline soil.
• Most salvias prefer full sun but a number will take partial shade.
• Check their frost tolerance as some are hardier than others.
So there you have it, if you are doing any San Diego landscaping with sage aka salvias then you should follow the tips we have laid out up above. Feel free to contact us to let us know how your project went!