Hardy Salvias (S. microphylla, S. greggii and associated hybrids) are some of the longest-flowering perennials we offer and are among the best for attracting hummingbirds and other beneficial pollinators throughout the summer and into late autumn when many other plants have ceased flowering. Their aromatic leaves put off a strong sage-like aroma and have been used in traditional medicine. Hardy to 10 F and below. Deer and rabbit resistant. Perennial.
Requirements: Most salvias perform best in full sun and well-draining soil. They perform famously in hell strips and borders that aren't often watered and are very drought tolerant once established. Good drainage is essential to winter hardiness (especially for Salvia greggii and hybrid cultivars).
Care: Old stems provide winter protection to new growth so it is best to prune them in the spring after severe winter weather has passed. Deadhead to encourage new growth and more flower spikes.