The Q&A Archives: Salvias

Question: Which varieties of annual and perennial salvia would do well in our hot, humid summers, and in our rather moist clay-based soil? I read that they grow in part shade--about 5+ hours of sun. Last year, I had the blue and white annual varieties and they bloomed, but did not stand up straight. They grew in the conditions described above. Holly Tomlinson Reston, VA

Answer: All annual and perennial salvias prefer full sun and a moist, well-drained soil. Try giving them as much sun as possible and add compost to the soil to aid in drainage. You can also try to grow them in raised beds to help with the clay soil. Some good annual varieties for the heat are 'Sizzler' and 'Flare'..

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