Salvia is a versatile darling of the flower garden. There are many annual and perennial varieties and one of the most colorful and easiest to grow is mealy cup sage or Salvia farinacea. A new award-winning selection boasts even more colorful blossoms and a longer bloom time.
'Fairy Queen' sage (S. farinacea 'Fairy Queen') won the 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal for its long-blooming, fragrant, bicolor blossoms and drought tolerance. Fleuroselect is an international organization promoting ornamental plants. Each year it awards its Fleuroselect Gold Medal to outstanding new plant selections.
'Fairy Queen's 18-inch-tall plants produce 10-inch-high flower spikes that feature dark blue blooms with white dots on each blossom. 'Fairy Queen' grows well in containers, flower borders, and cottage gardens. The plants begin flowering in early summer and continue into the fall, attracting butterflies and bees over a long season. This plant is perennial in USDA zones 8 to 10, and grows well as an annual everywhere else.