(Plum Wine Mountain Sage) Frilly, lavender-tinged, pink flowers with a pretty white dot at the throat make this another outstanding contribution from North Carolina nurseryman Richard Dufresne. It blooms from spring to fall.
Just because a shrub is covered in lavender and pink and is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, doesn't mean that it isn't a put-up-your-dukes tough plant. Deer don't like to tangle tastebuds with most Salvias, and this Autumn Sage is no exception.
Plum Wine is drought-resistant and gets by just fine in full sun or partial shade. It is upright in growth and taller than it is wide, but forms a handsome, mid-height groundcover.
Now remember this: Just because a shrub is tough, doesn't mean it can't hang out with other pretty plants. This one goes well with other light pink choices as well as white and burgundy Autumn or Mountain Sages.
Did we mention adaptablity? This sage is a great choice from California to the New York Islands. This sage was made for you and me.
(Texas Wedding White Autumn Sage) This is our best white-flowered Autumn Sage. It is compact, hardy and blooms abundantly. We love it as a contrast to the generally bright colors of its group. Texas Wedding seems to always be blooming, with massive displays in spring and fall.
The flowers are small but so profuse that they seem to outnumber the leaves.
This variety of Salvia greggii makes a great, small-scale groundcover when each plant is spaced two feet apart. Although it tolerates some shade -- especially in hot climates -- it needs full sun. Good drainage is another necessity, but it doesn't require much watering.
Texas Wedding is reliably hardy to 10 degrees F, but can tolerate colder temperatures with mulching. Here's some other good news: Deer don't much care for it.
Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.
Fragrance as well as color attracts butterflies. However, they don't have noses. Instead, butterflies smell and taste with their antennas and feet. Here are some ways to attract them:
If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.