Agastache and Salvias forum: Blog Regarding Salvia 'Scarlet Spires'

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 21, 2013 4:34 AM CST

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I thought I'd share my info with y'all.

Salvia 'Scarlet Spires'
Posted on Sep 25, 2012 12:22 AM

I love Salvia 'Scarlet Spires'! It's an introduction from High Country Gardens and I've planted it as an annual since its introduction into containers. I'm zone 6a and every year, I've thought about planting it in the ground. Next year, I might make space for it and do it!

They don't seem to sell it anymore, but you can still get it at Flowers By The Sea in CA, where I've been getting mine and other salvias for the last several years. They send great plants! http://www.fbts.com/salvia-scarlet-spires.html

The Hummers love it also! I've it in two containers (one overwintered our unusually mild Winter) on the driveway and when I'm there deadheading the flowers, I've seen Hummers come up to those flowers for nectar more often than the other Salvias and flowers. They seem to make a 'beeline' for SS! For 2013, since the Hummers are very attracted to it, I'm going to pot up two of SS in containers and/or pot up at least one & plant one into the ground. Maybe at least three to four plants of it in my yard!

It's a beautiful color and a stunning flower! I already have one of the parents, Salvia x 'Raspberry Delight' (three plants) in the ground and I've planted as an annual in containers, Salvia darcyi. HCG says "A must for hummingbirds, 'Scarlet Spires' blooms all summer with tall spikes of screaming scarlet flowers." That's for sure!

I just took some photos of it the other day, but haven't gotten around to getting them into our computer photo file yet.

A special Salvia and a special Salvia for Hummingbirds!

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Name: Mary
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MNass
Mar 9, 2015 5:23 PM CST
I love this picture! I am going to try Salvia 'Scarlet Spires' this summer! Could you please also tell me the name of the blue Salvia in the front that in bent over?
Beautiful picture! :)
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 9, 2015 7:18 PM CST

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Hi MNass,

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to ATP and the Agastache and Salvias forum! Smiling

Thank you! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up It's one of my favorites!

The blue one is Salvia 'Big Swing'. Sage (Salvia 'Big Swing') I got it at Flowers By The Sea http://www.fbts.com/salvia-x-big-swing.html

The pink one is Salvia 'Coral Nymph'. Texas Sage (Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph') You can get it at FBTS also.

http://www.fbts.com/salvia-coccinea-coral-nymph.html

Salvia 'Scarlet Spires' Hybrid Sage (Salvia 'Scarlet Spires') I get from FBTS. http://www.fbts.com/salvia-scarlet-spires.html

I order all, if not most of my salvias from FBTS. http://www.fbts.com/

If you're interested, here's the ATP salvia database. http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/children/228296/

If you need any help and/or have any questions, feel free to ask me or any other member.

Welcome!

Marilyn
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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Mar 10, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Hi Ms. Marilyn. Long time no see. I love your Salvia's.
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FBTS
Mar 10, 2015 4:45 PM CST
There is a new Salvia this year with the ridiculous name of Salvia darcyi x microphylla 'PWIN03S', and the registered trademark of Windwalker. Name aside, it is very much like Scarlet Spires, but earlier to bloom, darker in color and hardy to Zone 5. We're looking forward to ours interplanted with Scarlet Spires - should be awesome.


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Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
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Debbie
Mar 10, 2015 4:48 PM CST
That's so pretty.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Mar 10, 2015 7:27 PM CST

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Hi Deebie and thank you! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 10, 2015 7:32 PM CST

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FBTS said:There is a new Salvia this year with the ridiculous name of Salvia darcyi x microphylla 'PWIN03S', and the registered trademark of Windwalker. Name aside, it is very much like Scarlet Spires, but earlier to bloom, darker in color and hardy to Zone 5. We're looking forward to ours interplanted with Scarlet Spires - should be awesome.


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That sounds like a great idea! Lovey dubby I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up I was planning on putting Scarlet Spires and Windwalker into containers, so maybe I'll plant them together into the same large container instead. Thumbs up

I'd love to see pics of yours together this year!
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