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Sensational Salvias: Much More Than Those Fantastic Flowers!

By HamiltonSquare
September 15, 2015

Hamilton Square Perennial Garden is one of three large gardens thriving in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. It is an all-volunteer labor of love. The concept of a garden cemetery may strike some as unusual, but it is now a much lovelier place to rest in peace or to just visit than in its past incarnation as a derelict and vandalized city-owned property. Hamilton Square has upwards of 50 Salvias. Here are a few with qualities that bring as much joy as their flowers.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 19, 2015 4:06 PM CST
I grow this every year, it never survives the winter like my culinary sage does, but it smells just like it. Makes me want to make chicken & dressing! It's so beautiful! It's green with white edged leaves and the stems are purple. There is a hint of purple to some of the leaves also. I really don't understand why it does not make it here in zone 7B, but it never survives. So I just grow it in a container with purple things, as they compliment the hint of purple in it.
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Sep 19, 2015 9:59 PM CST
We get as cold as 17° but this winter the low was 25° for a short stretch around the new year and it was below freezing till noon for a few days. All our Salvia officinalis including our 'Tricolor' cultivar have made it without any bother. A few died but not in the winter. Some just fail to thrive. It should be hardy downin to zone five. I don't think that would be same if in a pot. I have cooked with all of them with one exception that being S. officinalis subsp. lavandulifolia which has an aroma of Rosemary. I will try it eventually. The others are all about the same to me and they all make me hungry when I smell them. It works great as a color echoed in your pot. Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 20, 2015 6:18 PM CST
Thank you Leslieray!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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