Gardening Questions And Answers
Salvias are relatively heat and drought tolerant, although regular watering encourages continuous blooming from early summer until frost, depending on the cultivar. Adding 1 inch of water, or 6 gallons for every 9 square feet of soil, weekly, is sufficient for mature perennial salvias during the hot summer months.
These beautiful annuals bloom all summer and well into fall because they tolerate cool temperatures. As an added bonus, sometimes these plants self sow or die back to the ground to return the next summer. These annual salvias do best in full sun, but they tolerate light shade and are somewhat drought tolerant.
Physical description. Plants in the genus Salvia are herbs, shrubs, or subshrubs and are generally perennial and aromatic. The leaves can be simple or compound and are arranged oppositely along the square stems. The flowers are usually tubular with two lips and only two stamens and are borne in terminal inflorescences.
We can think of three reasons, besides the very severe drought and heat we are having, why your Salvia greggii (Autumn sage) is not blooming up to expectations. Over-fertilizing can cause more growth and leaves, and fewer blooms. One of the reasons we recommend native plants is because they require less intervention.
Flowers attract other beneficial bugs including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that help pollinate. Salvia – a member of the mint family these blooms offer long lasting color and attract butterflies and pollinators. Salvia is typically a rapid grower and tolerates summer heat with more graceful, spiky blooms.
Salvia Divinorum can be grown indoors in any climate. Salvia will not live through freezing or drought. Salvia Divinorum can be grown outdoors in pots which can be brought indoors when it is cold (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). That way Salvia Divinorum can be grown outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.
A: There are hundreds of members of the salvia family but only a few are considered edible. Ornamental salvias, like ‘May Night’, tricolor salvia and annual salvia, are not edible. The edible salvias are usually referred to as sage, like the Salvia officinalis you use to flavor roasted chicken and turkey.