| (Misty Mountain Sage or Belize Sage) Salvia miniata combines luminous reddish-orange flowers and glossy, myrtle-green leaves that are different from any sage foliage we know. |
In its native habitat of Southern Mexico and Belize, this lush perennial grows at low elevations on shady, moist mountain slopes.
Bloom time is summer into fall in USDA Zones 9 to 11. On the Northern California coast where we grow Salvia miniata, it sometimes flowers from June through October. In Southern Florida, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has recorded continuous flowering for as long as 30 months.
This is such a pretty plant that it is worth growing as an annual in areas where winters are chillier, but warmth and moisture are ample from spring to fall. It has few equals as an attention-grabbing container plant and works well in perennial borders or edging pathways. It even grows well as a houseplant in a sunny, eastern-facing window.
Salvia minata can grow well in full sun if it receives plenty of water. However, it particularly does well in partial shade or in locations where there is morning sun and afternoon shade. Give it fertile, well-drained soil. Grow it, and you can expect visits from hummingbirds and butterflies.
(Forest Fire Tropical Sage) Butterflies and hummingbirds love the abundant, fire engine red flowers of this mostly annual sage. It's a popular cultivar of one of the first Salvias used for ornamental purposes -- Tropical Sage. The flowers are dramatically framed by reddish black bracts.
A tender perennial in mild climates, this compact plant belongs in all gardens regardless of zone. Thomas Jefferson grew this drought-resistant, low-maintenance sage. Today, it is a favorite in borders and containers.
Plant this long blooming, spectacularly showy sage in full sun or partial shade wherever you need a big splash of color. Give it regular watering and rich soil.
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.
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.