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Salvia guaranitica 'Omaha Gold'  -   Anise Scented SageSalvia Hardiness

One of the tricks we've found with Salvias, particularly the ones with hollow stems, is that they survive winter better (when on the edge of their hardiness) if they aren't cut back until spring.  I suppose the hollow stems just funnel rainwater right down deep in the crown.   Possibly it's also that the stems will catch and hold blowing leaves and give them some extra cover.  (The first year I married my husband, I unknowingly cut back one of the hollow stem Salvias and had to put duct tape over each of about 75 stems to keep the water out!)  :-)  Also, laying wide flat rocks over the roots can give them extra warmth and prevent heaving if it's a new planting.  Please note:  Although were in Zone 7, we do list all of our Salvias here even some not hardy here in zone 7.  We have found many Salvias, originally listed as not hardy for us, turned out to be hardy especially the S. greggiis when planted early in the season.  So there are some Zone 8 Salvias listed below.    (Salvias above left are yellow S. glutinosa, blue S. guarinitica 'Black and Blue' and purple Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' -- a few basic necessities!)

 
  Deer ResistantWe've listed all Salvias as Deer-Resistant even though many of our unusual ones don't show up on list but due to their pungent aroma or scratchy leaves or whatever that deer don't like, we've never found Salvias to be bothered by deer in our high deer population gardens.  

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia arizonica        Arizona Blue Sage, Desert Indigo Sage        Zone:  6-10       

Salvia arizonica        Arizona Blue Sage, Desert Indigo SageAn amazingly unique native of southern Arizona and Texas that forms a loose mound with trailing stems, spreads by under runners and grows in shade.  Trailing stems, underground runners and shade are words hardly ever used in the description of Salvias!  Copious Bloomer!  Smoky violet calyxes hold small bright blue blooms.  Great beneath small trees and shrubs.  Blooms in June and July the again in September.  Triangular shaped leaves.

Soil:  Well-drained     H: 18"    W: 24"       B/M: Blue/ 6-7 + 9

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia azurea 'Nekan'     Azure Sage Nekan       Zone: 4-9        

Salvia azurea 'Nekan'     Azure Sage Nekan A superb selection of this native with showy sky blue flower spikes to 4' in late summer thru fall.  It differs from the species in having hairy stems, larger flowers than the species and is more robust than the species. ‘Nekan’ (abbreviation of Nebraska and Kansas) is a seed strain that was found growing in the wild in an area north of Lincoln, Nebraska. It features whorls of 2-lipped, sky blue flowers in spikes atop stiff stems with linear grayish-green leaves.  

Soil: Well-drained    H: 24-48" W: 24-36"    B/M: Sky blue/8-10 

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

What you're saying...

"Your selection of Salvias and plants are fantastic. And when they arrived, we could not believe the size and quality of the plants. You are now our favorite nursery and we'll be ordering again............very soon."

Steve & Kellie,  Oakland, NJ

 

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia elegans   Pineapple Sage                   Zone:  7-10

Salvia elegansA huge sage that spreads by runners and just be the center of a late summer, early fall garden in warmer areas.  Occasionally we can get it to over winter in our 6B-cold7 gardens but usually not.

Soil:  Well-drained   H: 24"   W:  24"   B/M:  Red/8-10

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia forskaohlei ( S. forskahlei, S. forsskaolii)     Balkan Sage         Zone: 4-9   

Salvia forskaohlei ( S. forskahlei, S. forsskaolii)     Balkan SageLarge rough leaves make low rosettes; flowers are on 40" stalks. Blue purple flowers with white throats are set in subtly ruby colored calyces in vegetatively propagated strain. Perennial, seeds a bit. Spikes with whorls of distinctive two-lipped flowers with obvious white and yellow guidelines in the throat. Blooms spring to Fall. CHOICE & NEW!  S.E. Europe, W. Asia.

Soil: Well-drained    H: 24" W: 24"    B/M: Violet w/ white/5-10 

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$13.99 Qt.

Salvia glabrescens 'Momobana'     Hairless Japanese Woodland Sage      Zone: 5-7         

Salvia glabrescens 'Momobana'     Hairless Japanese Woodland SageJapan isn't known for it's Salvias but should be known for S. glabrescens and this cultivar.  Wants a couple of hours of morning sun, then happiest when growing in shade the rest of the day.  Hot pink and white blooms in October.  Handsome serrated edged leaves.

Soil: Moist but well-drained         H: 18"   W: 18"          B/M: Pink/10-11

Japanese Native

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$12.99 Qt.

 

Salvia glabrescens 'Shi Ho'        Hairless Japanese Woodland Sage        Zone: 5-7                  

Japan isn't known for it's Salvias but should be known for S. glabrescens and this cultivar.  Wants a couple of hours of morning sun, then happiest when growing in shade the rest of the day.  Light and deep purple blooms in October.  Handsome serrated edged leaves. 

Soil:  Moist but well-drained         H: 18"   W: 18"          B/M: Purple/10-11

Japanese Native

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

Salvia greggii and Hummingbird MothAbout the hardiness of Salvia greggii.  HARDY TO ZONE 7!

We still see sources who list these plants as Zone 8 as the lower limit of hardiness.  It simply isn't true.  We've had many of them in our 7A closer to 6B) garden for years.  We do give them superb drainage but as of this writing we have had Raspberry Royal, Furman's Red, Yellow Cloud, Variegata, White and Watermelon for multiple years including 2007 which was bitter probably closer to a 6B winter and we have no consistent snow cover.  'Desert Blaze' did die back almost to the ground but then collected her beautiful self and just started over and is a lovely 24" by 24" now blooming furiously, like the rest, in late October after starting in July.

We are absolutely wild over these plants.  Stunning and easy with sun and good drainage.

And sure -- they'll attract Hummingbirds -- but they'll also attract the exquisite Hummingbird Moth shown at the left!

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia greggii 'Teresa'        Autumn Sage     Zone: 7-10   

Salvia greggii 'Teresa'        Autumn SageEvergreen, erect sub-shrub with pale pink and white blooms on and off all summer then heavy in the Fall. Hardy in Zone 7 with well-drained soil.  The 'Greggii's' --Fall Blooming Salvias - are a wonderful group of shrub-like perennials.  This is unlike any other S. greggii in the trade and was a natural mutation from a red blooming plant.  Stupendous bloom.

Soil: Well-drained       H:36"   W:36"       B/M: White and pink/6-10 (Heaviest in Fall)

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

What you're saying about us...

Regarding a Salvia Order:  "We got them today. Thanks!! They are the best. The most amazing!  You are not in the top 3 nurseries, you're #1!"                                                                                                     Steve in Oakland, NJ

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$9.99 Qt.

Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'   Anise Scented Sage    Zone: 7-10  

Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue'Named for her deep Cobalt Blue flowers with a Black calyx and forming an imposing and gorgeous 3 foot wide and tall stunner in your garden blooming from July thru Frost.  And forget what you've heard about Hummingbirds loving red blooms best.  The 'Black and Blue' at our back door is rarely without a 'Hummer'.  More compact than other forms.

Soil: Superbly drained     H: 3.5'  W: 3'     B/M: Deep Cobalt Blue/7-10 

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia guaranitica 'Omaha Gold'     Anise Scented Sage     Zone: 7b-10  

Salvia guaranitica 'Omaha Gold'This variegated Salvia can be the backbone of a perennial garden. It will grow to 5' in a season w/ support. Hardy to about 10 degrees - Zone 7.  Place in superbly drained soil, cover w/ pine bows, big rocks ask how). Or just replant each year. Since it blooms all summer, gets Huge and is fairly inexpensive. CHOICE! 

Soil: Superbly drained     H: 5-6'  W: 36"    B/M: Blue/6-10 

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

  Salvia microphylla

Cut back in late winter - they're fairly evergreen but pretty 'ratty' by late winter!  Pruning hard makes for better shaper and more vigorous, compact growth in the coming season.

 

$11.99 Qt.

Salvia microphylla 'Berkeley Barb'   Little Leaf Mountain Sage    Zone: 7-10     *

Salvia microphylla 'Berkeley Barb' Another stunning selection of Mountain Sage that just thumb their nose at heat and drought once established.  A deep salmon pink in Spring and then again Fall.  This is a Little Leaf Mountain Sage at it's best!

Soil: Very well-drained       H: 24"    W: 24"      B/M: Deep salmon pink/Spring and Fall 

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child'     Little Leaf Mountain Sage    Zone: 7-10     *

Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child'     Little Leaf SageA darling of a plant with lavender to pink blooms with blue-black bracts that just smother the aromatic leaves.  It tends to sucker at the base creating wide clumps so actually works as a groundcover.  Blooms profusely in Spring then again in Fall.  Evergreen shrub or shrubby perennial.

Soil: Moist but very well-drained       H: 18"(24"IB)  W: 18"      B/M: Lavender to pink/ Spring+Fall

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Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

Attracts Hummingbirds

$10.99 Qt.

 

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow'      White Variegated Japanese Sage    Zone: 6-9   

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow' New & different. Unique 3" arrow-shaped leaves with white variegation along the edge that (sometimes) fades in summer. Smothered in late summer with pale yellow blooms consisting of 8" spikes with 1" petals. We always sell out of this quickly but usually can propagate a second crop. A Barry Yinger introduction from Japan.   Happy in sun (at least here in Zone 7) or part shade

Soil: Well-drained    H: 12" W:24"    B/M: Pale yellow/Fall 

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

 

About Zones for Salvia nemorosa cultivars because nobody seems to agree.  Kemper Center at Missouri Botanical garden says Zone 4-8.  The USDA shows them naturalized all along the Canadian Border including North Dakota and Wisconsin, Walter's Gardens says 3-8,  Northcreek says 4-9,  Oregon State 5-9.  So with a fair amount of information we say (3)4-9.  Anytime we put a zone in parenthesis it means well worth a try in a protected spot.

 

$11.99 Qt.

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Rose' PP18230   Meadow Sage  Zone: 3-9    (6 hours direct sun)

Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Rose' PP18230   Meadow SageBright rose pink blooms on a compact plant from early to mid-summer (and through late summer if deadheaded).  The perfect size for containers (and hardly enough except in zone 3 & 4 to overwinter in containers) or the front of the border.  Selected by it's breeder for compact habit, beautiful pink color and remarkable vigor!

Soil: Well-drained        H: 12"  W: 12"       B/M: Rose /6-8  (all season if deadheaded)

Attracts Butterflies

$9.99 Qt.

Salvia nemorosa 'Schneehugel'     Snow Hill Hybrid Sage     Zone: (3)4-9   (6 hours direct sun)

Salvia nemorosa 'Schneehugel'A sport from 'Blue Hill', the first white salvia superba. Another Ernst Pagels break through. Compact habit and problem free. Clear white blooms.  Re-blooms well when cut back in July. Small leaved and very refined. Destined to be a REAL WINNER. 

Soil: Well-drained    H: 16-18"   W: 12-14"    B/M: White/7+ 

Attracts Butterflies

$10.99 Qt.

 

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow'      White Variegated Japanese Sage    Zone: 6-9   

Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow' New & different. Unique 3" arrow-shaped leaves with white variegation along the edge that (sometimes) fades in summer. Smothered in late summer with pale yellow blooms consisting of 8" spikes with 1" petals. We always sell out of this quickly but usually can propagate a second crop. A Barry Yinger introduction from Japan.   Happy in sun (at least here in Zone 7) or part shade

Soil: Well-drained    H: 12" W:24"    B/M: Pale yellow/Fall 

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$11.99 Qt.

 

Salvia nipponica 'Kyushu'   Japanese Woodland Sage    Zone: 6-9   

Salvia nipponica 'Kyushu'   Japanese Woodland SageA short woodland sage.  Crazy, crazy behavior for a sage because it likes moisture and shade!  Very showy foliage with large plump creamy blooms.  It's dream spot is in am sun and pm shade with lots of water but well drained soil.  A foot and a half wide but reaching only 8" tall.  Slow growing but worth waiting for.

Soil: MOIST but Well-drained    H: 8"  W: 18"    B/M: Creamy white/9-10

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

$9.99 Qt.

 

Salvia x 'Christine Yeo'    Hybrid Sage     Zone:  7-10        

Salvia x 'Christine Yeo'    Hybrid SageSalvia 'Christine Yeo' is a long-blooming sub-shrub that's the first ever Hybrid between S. chamaedryoides and S.microphylla which originated Christine Yeo's Nursery in England.  Forming a sturdy clump 36" wide and 15" tall with small fragrant green leaves and covered with purple-violet blooms from late spring to fall.  Heat tolerant, cold hardy and drought resistant.

Soil: Well-drained       H: 15"  W: 36"      B/M: Purple-violet/5-10

Deer Resistant

Attracts Butterflies

What you're saying about us...

"I wanted to let you know that the plants arrived yesterday and all found their new homes in the ground today. They arrived in beautiful shape--that was the best packing job I've ever seen on mail-order plants. Thanks for that and also for all the stakes, several of which also found homes in various places around the yard. This is the first time I've ordered from you but it's easy to see why you are so highly rated at Dave's Garden. You can bet that I'll be back again."

Denise, Bowling Green, KY. 09-06

Note:  The stakes Denise is referring to are two small bamboo stakes that are in each plant.  Many customers leave them with the plants to remind them of the newly planted plants for watering purposes, etc., and one clever customer uses them with the plants to keep his dog from laying on the new plants!  :-)

 

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