Perennials forum: New Favorite Salvia

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GrammaChar
Apr 4, 2016 6:17 PM CST
It seems like every year I fall in love with another salvia, my favorite plant family. Last year it was Wendy’s Wish - which, sadly, died over the winter because it didn’t get carried into the greenhouse. I’m debating about replacing it because I’ve put it on the “Needs Too Much Attention” list. Fortunately my new heart-throb can take both the heat and the cold. I know that this Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii x Raspberry Delight, is not a new offering - but once in a while you see a specimen that exceeds the norm in color and shape. This one certainly does both, and I think it’s gorgeous!
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GrammaChar
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Danita
Apr 5, 2016 9:17 AM CST
Very pretty! Lovey dubby

Give 'Wendy’s Wish' a chance to return from the roots. It is often a hardy perennial in zone 8 if we don't have a really harsh winter.
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GrammaChar
Apr 5, 2016 9:49 AM CST
Okay, I'll keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the tip.
What's that flower by your name? It's stunning!
GrammaChar
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 5, 2016 12:32 PM CST
I agree with Danita. Mine sprung up last year just when I thought I'd have to buy a replacement.

May 17, 2015 (here in zone 7) - dead center in the photo shows two tiny sprouts.






Name: Veronica
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indygardengal
Apr 5, 2016 6:47 PM CST
Just a comment about not giving up on salvia. Each year I almost give up on my Black and Blue salvia but have been pleasantly surprised so far.
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GrammaChar
Apr 5, 2016 7:58 PM CST
You have all convinced me that "patience is a virtue".
Thank you. Fingers crossed....
GrammaChar
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 5, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Now I'm waiting to see if salvia leucantha will return in another garden. The cold hardiness zone for it is 8, and we're in zone 7, so it's doubtful.
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GrammaChar
Apr 5, 2016 9:06 PM CST
Oh Arlene, I hope it survives for you. Plants can be amazing.
Don't give up hope!
GrammaChar
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 6, 2016 6:47 AM CST
I won't give up!
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ssgardener
Apr 9, 2016 11:37 PM CST
Veronica, is Black and Blue salvia perennial for you? I thought they were marginally hardy even in my zone 7. Is there something special you do to overwinter it?
Name: Veronica
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indygardengal
Apr 10, 2016 3:41 PM CST
I do nothing special.. I am anxiously waiting on it but I have quite a wait still.. It's about the last thing to emerge and that is good because it has been very cold here this spring.
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Apr 11, 2016 1:09 PM CST
I do nothing special.. I am anxiously waiting on it but I have quite a wait still.. It's about the last thing to emerge and that is good because it has been very cold here this spring.
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27

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