One of my favorites and this year's National Garden Bureau's pick for perennial in their "Year of the" program, is Salvia, specifically Salvia nemorosa.
A mint family member, hardy garden Salvia grow into large well contained clumps that will not get out of hand the way other mints such at spearmint or catnip can.
Salvia nemorosa is a hardy and versatile perennial and a beautiful addition to any garden. The purple/blue to pink varieties are striking as accents or in mass plantings and the minty aroma is delightful.
Once established in the garden, Salvias are drought tolerant and take very little care. Amend sandy or heavy clay soil before planting, then a balanced fertilizer applied in the spring and again in the early summer will keep your Salvia healthy and vibrant throughout the growing season. Provide at least six hours of sunlight to encourage profuse flowering.
The spring bloom need not be the only bloom of the season. Cutting the plant back after the blooms brown to one-third the original size will stimulate more blooms four to six weeks later. You can repeat this process throughout the growing season.
Hummingbirds and bees love Salvia, deer and rabbits don't seem to care for them. What could be better in our corner of NW Wisconsin!
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Article submitted by Pamela Davies MGV
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