Which SALVIA is your favorite and why?

  • March 18, 2013 4:10 PM
    Message # 1245927
    Perhaps you were inspired by Bart O'Brien's talk at our meeting last week fresh from the Salvia Summit at the Huntington or perhaps you bought one of the many provided by John Schoustra and Matt-Dell Tufenkian, but share your favorite salvias with us and with those that weren't able to be there.
  • March 18, 2013 4:33 PM
    Reply # 1245949 on 1245927
    Salvia canariensis - I purchased it for the wonderfully fuzzy white "cotton" covering its stems, and am thrilled with its beautifully mauvy blooms.
  • March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
    Reply # 1245980 on 1245927
    Deleted user
    I cannot think of a Salvia that I don't like, but my current favorite in my own garden is Salvia 'Waverly' which grows quite heartily in my part shade coastal garden. It has bright green "quilted" leaves with white & lavender blooms. It has at least a few flower spikes all year long, with an abundance in spring, summer & fall.  Although it has no scent that I can discern, the local hummingbirds visit it frequently for nectar.  If it gets leggy, I simply cut it back hard and it starts all over again!  Pests and diseases have not been a problem.  What's not to like?
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  • March 19, 2013 11:19 AM
    Reply # 1246640 on 1245927
    Deleted user
    salvia mexicana 'Limelight'
    a fabulous display of vivid chartreuse and purple
  • March 19, 2013 4:08 PM
    Reply # 1246996 on 1245927
    I like Salvia 'Black & Blue' which has been reliable in my garden for many years. The large, dark navy blue blooms with almost black calyxes really "pop". I love the color of Salvia 'Limelight' too, but have tried several times to keep it alive. Maybe it's short-lived? Or, maybe it doesn't like my climate - Studio City in the hills.
  • March 19, 2013 8:23 PM
    Reply # 1247154 on 1245927
    I purchased a Salvia clevelandii 'Pozo Blue' at the March meeting.  This replaced some that had grown so old and woody that they had crept down the hillside and crowed out other plants.  I am so happy to have Salvia clevelandii in my garden again, I love the smell, its like aromatherapy. 
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