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Salvia Companions

Salvia Companions

Similar to many members of the mint family (Lamiaceae), sages (Salvia spp.) aren't demanding. Most are low-fuss plants that are easy to grow if placed in the right location. This list suggests Salvia companion plants, many of which are also low-fuss, mint family members. They add attractive variety to the Salvia garden.

The growing requirements for any plant depend on the temperature range, soil, elevation, sunshine, moisture level and other features of the plant's native land. Great companions have similar cultural needs. So when selecting companion plants, it's necessary to consider whether their needs are compatible with those of the sages you plan to grow.

Gardeners and writers often refer to the Salvia genus as being heat tolerant and drought resistant. Although this is true of many species, there are ones that need regular watering and some that like ample moisture.

Similarly, some sages need partial shade at some point during the day whereas others almost seem to shout 'Bring on the sun; bring on the heat!' The moisture level of shady areas is another consideration. Plants that need ample water are unlikely to grow well in dry shade whereas damp shade won't do for dry garden shade plants.

This list of companions contains plants for dry, regular and damp gardens as well as for full sun and partial shade. Compare the plant descriptions -- from cold hardiness to bloom seasons -- with those for your sages and you will create companionable relationships in the garden.

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  • Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold'

    (Golden Bear's Breeches) This gem, one of our best new plants for 2010, has striking, bold golden yellow-green leaves with outstanding large white and purple flower spikes.

    $12.00
     

  • Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'

    (Fern Leaf Yarrow) Yarrow is a standby plant in low-water gardens, because of the easy-care species tall, colorful flower spikes. Fern Leaf Yarrow has large, slightly curved umbels of tiny, intensely gold flowers and deeply cut, fern-like leaves.

    $7.00
     

  • Agastache rugosa 'Heronswood Mist'

    (Anise Hyssop) Although most varieties of Agastache (Anise Hyssop) come from the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, this is an Asian variety that is native to Korea, Japan and China. It is a magnet for butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.
    $7.00
     

  • Agastache x 'Ava'

    (Ava Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Raspberry calyxes support Ava's rosy-pink flowers, which whorl on tall spikes similar to many Salvias. When the blossoms are spent, the calyxes remain colorful. This long-blooming hummingbird magnet is tolerant of cold, heat and drought.

    $8.00
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

    (Kudos Coral Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of deep coral flowers are accented by mid-green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Coral is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Gold'

    (Kudos Gold Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Compact spikes of burnished gold, tubular flowers attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds to the latest Kudos Agastache from Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries. The dense flower plumes are accented by mid-green, veined, spear-shaped leaves.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

    (Kudos Mandarin Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of creamy orange flowers are accented by deep green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Mandarin is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.
    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Summer Glow'

    (Summer Glow Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Sunny yellow flowers form a striking contrast with plum-colored, leaf-like calyxes in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Summer Glow is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.
    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Violet Vision'

    (Violet Vision Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Wands of deep violet blossoms rise up from heart-shaped, mid-green leaves in this compact, upright Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries. Flowers and foliage alike have a sweet honey-licorice fragrance.
    $8.50
     

  • Aloe x 'Pink Blush'

    (Pink Blush Aloe) This hybrid aloe doesn't have the plump, green blades of typical aloe houseplants. Instead, it has a polka-dot look and fleshy yet flatter looking blades combining pale pink, lime green and dark green.

    $9.00
     

  • Arum italicum 'Pictum'

    (Lords and Ladies) Large, glossy, arrow-shaped leaves with marble-like cream-colored variegations are one of the major attractions of Arum italicum 'Pictum'.

    $8.50
     

  • Asclepias curassavica 'Orange Form'

    (Orange Bloodflower) Vivid orange and gold clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers contrast handsomely with the dark green, spear-shaped leaves of Orange Bloodflower. Other common names include Tropical Milkweed and Mexican Butterfly Weed.

    $7.00
     

  • Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

    (Swamp Milkweed) The light green of this Milkweed's slender, lance-shaped leaves compliment its rose-pink umbels of tiny, star-shaped flowers that smell like vanilla. As its common name implies, this plant is a great solution for saturated soils, such as in rain gardens and the edge of ponds. Yet it can get by on average watering based on local conditions.

    $7.50
     

  • Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

    (Swamp Milkweed) Umbels of tiny, star-shaped flowers bloom from summer into fall forming clouds of white amid the dark green, slender, lance-shaped leaves of Ice Ballet. Although this is a water-lover comfortable in rain gardens and by the side of ponds, Ice Ballet can get by with average watering based on local conditions.

    $7.50
     

  • Asclepias speciosa

    (Showy Milkweed) Milkweeds (Asclepias spp. ) are must-have, nectar-rich plants in the butterfly garden. They're the only species on which the endangered Monarch butterfly lays eggs. It is urgent that we offer this pretty, fragrant wildflower.

    $8.00
     

  • Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

    (Butterfly Weed) Typically a gold-flowered species, this variety of Butterfly Weed produces flat-topped umbels of tiny, star-shaped flowers atop narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Bright yellow and nectar-rich, they bloom from summer into fall.

    $7.50
     

  • Asplenium bulbiferum

    (Mother Fern) Ferns are low-maintenance plants that add a tropical look to the Salvia garden. This one grows well in USDA Zones 9 to 11. Mother Fern, which has a graceful, arching look and finely cut fronds, loves partial to full shade and lots of water. This makes it an excellent choice for damp, shady Southeastern gardens.

    $8.00
     

  • Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

    (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama) Tiny, horizontal plumes of floral seed heads look like flags when topping the gray-green blades of this warm season grass during bloom time. Chartreuse at first, the seeds eventually turn blonde.

    $8.50
     

  • Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'

    (Kentish Hero Pouch Flower) Do you like orange flowers? How about orange flowers that look like balloons - lots and lots of balloons? If you say, "Yes", then you will love this sun-to-shade perennial that is a perfect companion to Summer blooming Salvias.

    $8.50
     

  • Cantua buxifoloa

    (Sacred flower of the Incas) Long reddish blossoms with flared, trumpet-like corollas and bright blue pollen contrast with mid-green foliage in the long-blooming, South American species Cantua buxifolia.

    $8.50
     

  • Cantua buxifoloa 'Golden Inca'

    (Golden Sacred flower of the Incas) Long, golden yellow flowers with a rosy blush to their flared, trumpet-like corollas contrast with mid-green foliage in this long-blooming variety of the South American species Cantua buxifolia.

    $8.50
     

  • Centradenia floribunda

    (Spanish Shawl) This is one of these plants that stops most people in their tracks. The deep purple/pink, standout flowers are show stoppers in and of themselves - but the furry leaves, which start green and mature to a bronze red are unique and unforgettable.

    $7.50
     

  • Cuphea 'Minnie Mouse

    Floriferous and heat tolerant, Cuphea 'Minnie Mouse' is also a long-blooming addition to wildlife gardens. Similar to Salvias, Cupheas are rich sources of nectar that fuel hummingbird migration. Bees, butterflies and hoverflies are among the other pollinators that love this genus.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset'

    Floriferous and heat tolerant, Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' is a long-blooming addition to wildlife gardens. Similar to Salvias, Cupheas are rich sources of nectar that fuel hummingbird migration. Bees, butterflies and hoverflies are among the other pollinators that love this genus.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea aff. aequipetala

    (Mexican Loosestrife) The tempting, purple-to-magenta flowers of Cuphea aff. aequipetala attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds as well as gardeners who love color. Abundant blossoms flare into six-petal corollas at the end of long, cylindrical flowers.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea llavea 'Elk Red'

    (Elk Red Bat Faced Cuphea) A tiny purple "snout" emerges from multiple scarlet petals at the end of this Cuphea's tubular flower, giving it a bat-like appearance. This is a Flowers by the Sea cultivar. We're proud of Elk Red's vibrant color and the way it attracts butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea micropetala

    (Candy Corn Plant) Due to their bright colors and rich nectar, Cupheas are magnets for pollinators, including butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. That's certainly true for the orange and yellow, candy-corn colored flowers of Cuphea micropetala.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea oreophila

    (Orange Bat-Faced Cuphea) A corolla of irregularly sized petals -- two tall and four short -- give the opening of this Cuphea's bright red-orange flowers a bat-like look. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love the abundant, nectar-rich, cylindrical blossoms that flower nearly year round in areas with mild climates.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea schumannii

    Floriferous and heat tolerant, Cuphea schumannii is also a long-blooming addition to wildlife gardens. Similar to Salvias, Cupheas are rich sources of nectar that fuel hummingbird migration. Bees, butterflies and hoverflies are among the other pollinators that love this genus.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea x 'David Verity'

    (David Verity Cigar Plant) Cuphea flowers are hummingbird magnets, especially the orange-red blooms of the David Verity hybrid. The blossoms have been likened to cigars due to their tubular shape and hot coloring that ends with a slightly flared and fringed yellow opening instead of petals.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea x 'Kristen's Delight'

    (Kristen's Delightful Cigar Plant) Hummingbirds and butterflies love Cupheas. Kristen's Delightful Cigar Plant is a spectacularly colorful hybrid that is also a magnet for gardeners who love the pastels and abundance of its bicolor flowers.

    $7.00
     

  • Cuphea x purpurea

    (Bat-Faced Cuphea) A tiny snout-like face emerges at the end of this Cuphea's tubular flower and beneath two red and purple petals shaped like bat ears. "Too cute!" is a typical response to these whimsical flowers that attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.

    $7.00
     

  • Digitalis dubia

    (Dwarf Spanish Foxglove) Foxgloves are generally shade plants, but this Mediterranean species is a full-sun variety. Its pink, pendulous, bell-shaped flowers are speckled inside and are offset by mint-green foliage. Hummingbirds love its nectar.
    $7.50
     

  • Echium gentianoides

    (True Blue Echium) Hot pink buds become a profusion of gentian blue flowers from spring to fall in this spectacular member of the borage family. Its homeland is the Island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa.

    $7.50
     

  • Echium wildpretii

    (Tower of Jewels) Houston, we are ready for blastoff! Excuse us, but the floriferous Tower of Jewels is so huge that it looks like a model rocket rising up from a columnar launch pad of narrow-leafed, silvery foliage.

    $7.50
     

  • Eriogonum giganteum

    (Saint Catherine's Lace) When in full bloom from spring to fall, you can barely see the foliage of this floriferous shrub. Its huge umbels of pinkish cream flowers form what seems like the skirt of a lacy bridal gown growing 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
    $8.00
     



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