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Salvias: Long on color, short on maintenance

While there really aren’t many plants that you can “set and forget” once in the landscape, there are a few that come pretty close. When it comes to delivering both beauty and self-sufficiency, salvias can be a great option.

With about 900 different salvias to choose from, you’ll find they adapt to mixed borders, parking lots and planters alike. If you live in a hot dry climate, salvias are often one of the few plants that can provide color consistently through much of the year. Salvias love sunny warm environments and once established require little care. If you’re looking to attract pollinators to your landscape, salvias will draw in hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and moths.

Salvias can also be a great solution for commercial sites, such as shopping centers, parking lots and medians. Commercial sites can be especially challenging; they need to be low-maintenance, but also attractive. Salvias are a great option for filling space quickly, offering up continual color with minimal water use.

If you’re looking for a bright blooming showstopper, then be sure to check out Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’. This bushy perennial salvia produces masses of bicolor blooms in a striking red and white pattern. The upper petals of the flower is pure white, while the lower “lip” is a bright cherry red. Plants bloom for months on end; from spring through frost. Foliage often turns a burgundy color in fall. Plants can fill in large spaces, reaching 6-feet in width at maturity. Yet at only 3-feet tall, plants allow you to retain sight lines in high traffic areas. They are a perfect complement to any water-wise mixed perennial border or massed planting.

Be sure to give your salvias plenty of direct sun and well-draining soil. Once established, they’ll provide years of easy care color.

March Featured Plants
Tecomaria capensis
Juniperus x pfitzeriana ‘Sea Green’
Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’
Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace’
Hesperaloe parviflora
Cortaderia selloana
Liriope gigantea
Punica granatum ‘Wonderful’
Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’
Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Pink Lady’