Last spring, Charlie’s preschool had a plant sale fundraiser. I bought a flat (36 plants) of ‘Victoria Blue’ salvia for $13. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years on plants for our yard, and I have to say that these salvia are about the biggest bang for my buck I’ve gotten. In fact, I ended up giving quite a lot of the salvia plants away to friends (because really, who needs 36 of any one plant?), but the ones I kept for our yard still made a huge impact. They were blooming when I put them in the ground in the spring and they haven’t stopped since. They not only made it through one of the hottest, driest summers this area has ever experienced, these salvia seem to be thriving. Also, the deer and rabbits have completely avoided them, even when they ate to the ground their closest neighbors in the garden. These salvia are said to be perennials up to zone 7b. We’re in 7a, so fingers crossed maybe we’ll have a mild winter and they’ll come back next spring.
This photo shows the salvia in front of the ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod:
Here they are clipped in my kitchen window:
I adore them as a yard bouquet and my only thought is, they’ve been blooming for months, why haven’t I clipped them before?
Interested in seeing the 17 other free bouquets I’ve made from plants in our garden? Click on the ‘yard bouquets’ link below.