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| (Blue Monday Hormium Sage) Many gardeners shy away from annual sages, preferring the longer-lived herbaceous perennials or shrubs. However, this annual Clary Sage provides a spectacular display of intensely blue flowers from spring through summer. Dead head it for extra bloom, but let some reseed. |
This sage is a worthwhile addition to the fragrant, wildlife-friendly garden. Add a few to your landscape as an accent or plant Blue Monday en masse with Pink Sunday Hormium Sage. Use it in seasonal flowerbeds, your kitchen herb garden choice or a container. Butterflies and honeybees love it.
We can't imagine not growing this old standard. Aside from being pretty and having tasty foliage, it is easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of climates. This variety is one of the best of the blues, from British stock.
(Balkan Sage) Violet-blue whorls of flowers and plentiful, fuzzy, basal leaves that reach an impressive length of 18 inches are two notable features about this hardy, herbaceous perennial, which is native to the Southeastern Balkan Peninsula.
Balkan Sage is found in coniferous forests, meadows and slopes from Bulgaria to Turkey's Black Sea coast. However, it is named after the 19th century Finnish plant collector Peter Forsskål, who collected botanical samples further south in Saudi Arabia.
Although deciduous in areas with cold winters, it blooms about nine months a year for us on the Northern California coast beginning in summer. Following a brief winter dormancy, it returns reliably every spring, clumping in a way that makes it look like Hosta from a distance. Yet, unlike that woodland plant, it grows well in full sun as well partial shade. It is a fine choice for a lightly shaded garden or border and is happy in the acid soil under conifers.
Give it soil with average fertility, occasional water and enough shade to promote lush growth. Your reward will be large flowers with lovely white and yellow bee lines attractive to hummingbirds and honeybees.
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: