Agastache and Salvias forum: Recommendation for annual salvias?

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Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Jul 11, 2014 4:34 AM CST
I have tried several mid-sized annual salvias in the past few years (both coccinea and splendens: bonfire, flare, hotline red; ), and while they look good for a while, they don't seem to last all summer like the seed supplier blurbs say. Can anyone recommend a variety that will stick around at least to September in Zone 6?

And will they rebloom if dead-headed? I've never tried that.
Name: Julia
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Jul 11, 2014 9:23 AM CST
Welcome! Don!! I don't grow that many salvia but do love Victoria blue. I'll give @marilyn a call she grow lots of them. Hope you have fun on this site.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 11, 2014 12:07 PM CST

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Hi Don!

Welcome! to ATP! Welcome!

I hope you visit our Agastache and Salvias forum also!

http://garden.org/forums/view/ags/

I'm in zone 6a also, living and gardening in northern KY. I grow a lot of annual 'not hardy' Salvias for 6a. I plant them into containers (16 inch and larger).

As with all Salvias and annuals, deadheading them, keeping them fertilized and watering them. I use a time-release fertilizer (osmocote) at planting time unless it's already in the potting mix.


The splendens: bonfire, flare, hotline red, will sometimes produce less flowers for me as it gets to late Summer - early Fall when I grow them, but I still grow them.


I love and prefer to grow the coccinea varieties. They always do great here all Summer and season. I've grown the 'Lady in Red', 'Coral Nymph', 'Forest Fire' and I've grown the white one, 'Snow Nymph' before also.


Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' is one that stays flowering. Here's a pic I took a few days ago, Salvia (Salvia 'Wendy's Wish')

A pic that a member took in PA,


Salvia 'Amistad' is constantly in bloom all season. It was already blooming when I received it in the mail. Here's a pic I took last year. There are 3 plants in this 18 gallon tub, Salvia (Salvia 'Amistad')


Salvia 'Black and Blue' is a good one too. Blue Anise Sage (Salvia coerulea 'Black and Blue') Here's a few pics I took a few years ago,


I get the majority of my Salvias from Flowers By The Sea. They specialize in Salvias all year and are located in Elk, CA. They've an extensive selection of all kinds of Salvias. http://www.fbts.com/ The owner, Kermit Carter is a member here and I'm going to ask @FBTS if he could comment please and answer your question also to help you out.

He's very knowledgeable regarding Salvias.

Thank You! Julia for bringing this to my attention. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Marilyn

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM CST

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'Victoria Blue' I a great one too. I've planted it in containers and the ground before.


'Evolution' is another good one.


One of my very favorites that I grow every year is 'Scarlet Spires'


If I think of more long blooming Salvias, I'll post them here.

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Name: Don Shirer
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DonShirer
Jul 12, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Thanks for the many tips. I'll pick one of those red ones next year. And I may try the Victoria blue also.
Name: Marilyn
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Jul 12, 2014 2:42 PM CST

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Hurray! Thumbs up
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