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Feb 25, 2016 6:01 PM CST
|Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Gentian Sage (Salvia patens 'Guanajuato').|
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Gentian Sage (Salvia patens 'Guanajuato') .
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Gentian Sage (Salvia patens 'Guanajuato')
Feb 25, 2016 6:18 PM CST
|Mine seem to need support, otherwise it flopped.|
Very beautiful blue flowers.
Blue flowers are hard to come by.
Feb 25, 2016 6:29 PM CST
|Good to know. I love blue (bright and/or otherwise) flowers in the garden. I haven't grown this one yet.|
Feb 26, 2016 7:53 AM CST
|I hate to be a downer but patens, at least the cultivars I have tried seem to hate eastern humidity. I will admit I haven't tried this jumbo version. A fun true blue salvia that does work well in the east is macrophylla. Its flowers are rather small when compared to the size of the plant but they are true blue. I used to grow the tall form and it is one I would consider growing again. I think Kermit sells at least one type.|
Feb 26, 2016 11:11 AM CST
|Salvia patens is an anchor plant in British Cottage gardens. Hence the names of the most popular varieties: Oxford Blue & Cambridge Blue. No one has ever accused their climate as being dry. We've had generally good reports for this species growing east of the Mississippi, but some folks have issues in hot and humid settings. The tall varieties like Guanajuato are less tolerant of warm, moist nights - the shorter varieties seem to be a bit more tolerant. Guanajuato does best in high light - not full sun but very bright shade. Even in full sun here on the Pacific it does flop late in the season. But the intensity of the gigantic blue flowers is hard to beat, and at least to me worth some extra efforts.|
Feb 26, 2016 6:58 PM CST
|Thanks Kermit for your info. Good to know.|