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Pantone Pageant: Creamy Linen-Colored Designer Salvias

Pantone Pageant: Creamy Linen-Colored Designer Salvias

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Synopsis: Pantone’s Linen designer shade for spring 2013 looks a bit like a rosy beige champagne. 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.

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.

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Bicolored cream and rose flowers
  • Blooms spring to fall
  • 24 to 30 inches tall, 24 inches wide
  • Glossy, dark green foliage

Peggy's Mountain Sage (Salvia x jamensis 'Peggy') Zones 7 to 9.

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Bicolored creamy peach and rose flowers
  • Blooms spring to fall; lightest bloom in summer
  • 24 to 32 inches tall, 24 inches wide
  • Small, smooth foliage

Makino (Salvia glabrescens 'Yellow & Purple') Zones 5 to 9.

  • Partial to full shade
  • Creamy white flowers with purple markings
  • Blooms in autumn
  • 12 to 18 inches tall, 18 inches wide
  • Lush, deep green foliage

Kyushu Woodland Sage (Salvia nipponica 'BSWJ5829') Zones 6 to 9.

  • Partial to full shade
  • Creamy pale peach
  • Blooms in autumn
  • 8 to 12 inches tall
  • Deep green leaves with toothed margins

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.