Plant of the Month: Deep Purple Salvia

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Rusty Thompson on April 12th, 2022

Deep Purple Salvia is an easy care, drought tolerant, deer resistant annual that the pollinators just adore. Prized for attracting hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, this tall, upright annual is an excellent thriller for mixed container plantings in addition to its use in the landscape.
The intense purple spikes of Deep Purple Salvia create a great focal point for mixed containers and as a thriller in the garden. This continuous blooming Salvia is sterile ,which means more flowers for you.

Do salvias like sun or shade?
Most salvias prefer full sun and well-drained soils, but some will bloom well in part shade. Once established, most salvia species are quite drought-tolerant and require little care. Excessive water and fertilizer can increase fungal disease problems for salvias. Most salvias prefer slightly acidic soils.

Do salvias need a lot of water?
Salvias do not require a great deal of water. Over watering can rot the roots so we list them as either low water usages (supplemental watering only during periods of drought) or medium water usages (1 inch of water every 7-10 days-can be either rainfall or supplemental watering).

How much space do salvias need?
Plant 18 – 24 inches apart in containers. For garden beds, plants should be spaced approximately 20 - 22 inches apart. When using as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart.

Pruning Salvia:
If you find that it is taller than you want, then we recommend giving it a trim which will in turn create branching and even more blooms!
Cut old stems right back down to the lowest shooting node. If the stems have died off completely over winter, cut them right back to the base, where new growth should have appeared.
In summer, be sure to deadhead blooms. Snip them off, making your cut just above a set of leaves. This will neaten up the appearance of the plants and encourage repeat flowering.

Hummingbirds and butterflies love salvia’s tubular flowers and they’re adored by bees, too, so plant them if you wish to attract these pretty pollinators! This tall, upright thriller is sure to put on a show in your garden.

If you’re looking to add this Landscape Plant into your yard, please fill out the form above or contact us at (352) 378-5296.


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