Pantone's Linen designer shade for spring 2013 looks a bit like a rosy beige champagne. In fashion, it's the kind of color you might find in a pair of summer slacks or frothy bridesmaid gowns. In the garden, it is ethereal -- a creamy, dreamy choice for edging a pathway.
Here are four subtly colored sages (Salvia spp.), which closely match Pantone Linen 12-1008. Similar to the lace on a wedding gown, they are best appreciated when viewed up close.
Two are varieties of Salvia x jamensis, a species that is native to the mountains of Central Mexico and produces bicolor pastels. Heat-tolerant S. x jamensis do well in full sunshine, but tolerate partial shade and particularly appreciate it during the hottest days of summer. They look delicate, but are tough survivors.
Our other two choices are Asian woodland sages, which are known for lush foliage and grow well whether in partial or full shade.
Here Come the Salvias, All Dressed in Linen
Golden Elk Mountain Sage (Salvia x jamensis 'Golden Elk') Zones 6 to 9.
Peggy's Mountain Sage (Salvia x jamensis 'Peggy') Zones 7 to 9.
Makino (Salvia glabrescens 'Elk Yellow & Purple') Zones 5 to 9.
Kyushu Woodland Sage (Salvia nipponica 'BSWJ5829') Zones 6 to 9.
Walking You Down the Salvia Aisle
Beautiful outdoor gardens are a lovely setting for summer parties, wedding receptions or simply for kicking back at the end of the workday. Whatever your needs, we are always glad to answer questions and walk you through our online catalog to make a bouquet of choices just right for your landscape.