Sometimes you need planting ideas and you need them fast. Quick Digs, our newest category of blog posts, helps you dig into our knowledge and catalog quickly to solve problems, create special gardens and otherwise explore the world of true sages (Salvia spp.) and their companion plants. It takes a central issue, such as weed control, and offers a series of brief articles intended to help you in dealing with it. If you have any concerns or questions that you would like us to explore through Quick Digs posts, please call or send us a message. We'll do our best to dig into what interests you.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Sep 5, 2013 08:26 AM Synopsis: This is the fifth article in our Quick Digs series on Salvia groundcovers for minimizing weeds in the garden. Here are four choices for Zones 7 to 9, including one that spreads up to 8 feet.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Jul 31, 2013 11:14 AM Synopsis:Quick Digs is a new serial containing short posts focused on a central issue. The topic for the first series is Salvia groundcovers for weed control, and this is the third article. If you are a Salvia lover facing the difficult scenario of cold winters and damp soil, the sages listed here are right for winter conditions from USDA Zone 5 to 9. All are water-loving, shade-tolerant species and have handsome foliage that adds to landscaping even when the plants aren't blooming. By massing these plants, you gain coverage more rapidly and increase weed deterrence.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Jul 29, 2013 08:33 AM Synopsis: "font-size: 12px; font-style: italic;">Quick Digs is a new serial containing short posts focused on a central issue. The topic for the first series is Salvia groundcovers for weed control, and this is the second article. Baby, it can be cold outside in Zone 5 during the winter! But the roots of all of these tough sages ( "font-style: italic;">Salvia spp.) listed here survive sustained frost and snow, then rise up again in spring. To minimize weed growth, the best defense is the good offense of dominating a flowerbed with sages, especially a mat-forming groundcover. Although much research is yet to be done, it appears that Salvia plant chemicals and growing patterns deter weed growth.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Jul 21, 2013 08:44 AM Synopsis:Quick Digs is a new serial containing short posts focused on a central issue. The topic for the first series is Salvia groundcovers for weed control, and this is the opening article. Great groundcovers help conserve soil moisture and leave little room for weeds to grow. This is true of many colorful, fragrant Salvias that spread freely, including Meadow Sages. However, it may be that the essential oils creating the pleasant aromas of many Salvias are also helpful in suppressing weeds. Many researchers refer to this apparent trait as the “Salvia phenomenon.”
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