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.
The Makino and Shinano-akigirl species are Asian woodland plants, so err on the side of partial shade. If you include Stem Clasping Violet Sage, a location with morning sun and afternoon shade would be optimal for all.
By massing these plants, you gain coverage more rapidly and increase weed deterrence. Arranging the groundcovers around and among multiples of the taller border plant is another good weedbusting strategy. However, remember that all sages like good air circulation, so don't crowd them too much.
Groundcover or Front of Border
Shinano-akigirl (Salvia koyamae) Zones 4 to 9.
Makino (Salvia glabrescens) Zones 5 to 9.
Stem Clasping Violet Sage (Salvia amplexicaulis) Zones 5 to 9.
Fall is one of the best times of year for planting perennials, including Salvias. Please contact us with any questions or requests you may have; we’re always glad to help.