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Salvia x 'Alegria Light Pink' New!



Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Best of Class
Best of Class
We believe this to be the best tall blooming light pink hybrid Sage.

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Description

(Light Pink Joy Sage) Salvia x ‘Alegría Light Pink’ is one of the most vigorous new plants at Flowers by the Sea. Its light pink flowers are supported by handsome burgundy and olive green calyxes.

A hybrid of Salvia dichlamys and S. microphylla, it has remarkable vigor and more flowers than either parent. The tall spikes and large, showy flowers are a hummingbird's dream.

This full-sun sage is adaptable to many kinds of well-drained soil and grows well where winters are slightly chilly to mild. Give it an average amount of supplemental watering if local rainfall is insufficient.  Suitable as an annual in colder Zones, as it grows to a large size very rapidly.

This new introduction is in its first season at our farm. However, we are so impressed with its strength, superior growth characteristics and good looks that we've decided to share it with you now.

Joy Sage is an introduction from plant explorer Roland Uria, an agronomy professor at Argentina's University of Buenos Aires. Thanks, Professor Uria.

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Common name  
Light Pink Joy Sage
USDA Zones  
7 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)  
60"+/48"+/72"+
Exposure  
Full sun
Soil type  
Any well drained
Water needs  
Average
Pot size  
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?  
Yes
Our price
10.50

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Exposure

Full sun
Full sun

Growing Habit

7 - 9
7 - 9
60 inches tall+
60 inches tall+
48 inches wide+
48 inches wide+
Perennial
Perennial

Water Needs

Average water
Average water

Blooming Season

Spring blooming
Spring blooming
Summer blooming
Summer blooming

Wildlife

Honeybees
Honeybees
Deer resistant
Deer resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds

Colors

Salvias and their companion plants pop with color. Sweep your eyes from top to the bottom here for an impression of this plant's color combinations. The first row displays blossoms from primary to less dominant shades and includes any contrasting throat color. The second tier is the main hue of leaf-like bracts or calyxes supporting the flowers. Foliage (one or two colors) leafs out in the bottom row.
Primary color - Vivid Purplish Red
RHS# 57D






Throat color - Yellowish white - RHS# 155D




Secondary color - Vivid Purplish Red
RHS# 57B



Bract color - Dark Purple
RHS# 79A

Leaf color - Moderate Yellowish Green
RHS# 137C


Second leaf color - Yellowish white
RHS# 155D



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Ready for some pruning?

Deciduous, woody stem Salvias

These are species that produce woody stems, but die back to the ground in the winter in all but the warmest climates. In warm winter areas these can become woody shrubs, but they generally benefit from the following pruning methods.

Pruning is both an art and a science. It takes practice, experience and learning from your mistakes to become a proficient pruner. The pruning information about this plant should be considered as a guideline for getting started. Your particular climate, soils, watering and fertility schedules, sun exposure, space requirements and weather are all factors that influence how and when you choose to prune. We’re providing a starting place for you, and over time you will learn the particularities of this plant in your garden. Don’t be afraid to get started – Salvias, in general, are quick to rebound if inappropriately pruned.

Deadheading – the removal of spent flowers, is a practice that will always benefit the plant’s health and appearance. This can be done at any time. Pruning involves removal of entire stems of spent growth. Becoming "spent" means that flowering stems stop blooming and begin going to seed.

Growing Season Pruning

During the spring and summer, you can completely or partially remove any stems that have finished blooming and are becoming unsightly. This often stimulates fresh new growth and increased flowering


Dormant Season Pruning

At the end of the growing season or after first frost, spent stems can be cut to the ground. Some gardeners in cold winter climates say that leaving 3 to 6 inches of the stems intact during the winter improves survivability. They remove the remaining stems before new growth begins in the spring. In warmer areas the stems may never completely die back, but should be cut to ground to allow for new growth.


Check the Views from the Garden section of our Everything Salvias Blog for videos that apply to this plant.

  • Salvia 'Dancing Dolls'

    (Dancing Dolls Sage) Sages can be such tough plants. Many, such as Salvia 'Dancing Dolls', withstand heat and drought yet have delicate looking blossoms. Dancing Dolls features cream and rose bicolor flowers.

    Dancing Dolls was developed by Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville, California. It is part of Suncrest's Western Dancer™ series, which contains hybrids of Southwestern species including Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) and Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). Suncrest Salvias are bushy, sun-loving plants. This one has upright form.

    Dancing Dolls' leaves are deep green, and its stems and calyxes are dark. Suncrest Salvia foliage differs in color and leaf shape from one hybrid to another. However, all have larger leaves than those of Autumn Sage. Their leaves also are veined like those of Mountain Sage.

    Similar to other members of the Autumn Sage-Mountain Sage group, Dancing Dolls needs little watering when established. Until then, provide average watering based on local conditions. This may mean no watering at all if your region has regular rainfall during the planting season.

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  • Salvia elegans 'Freida Dixon'

    (Frieda Dixon Pineapple Sage) Most varieties of Salvia elegans have bright red flowers. But Frieda Dixon Pineapple Sage has softer salmon-pink blossoms set against mid-green, lance-shaped leaves.

    Unlike its shorter relatives, S. elegans 'Tangerine' and S. elegans 'Honey Melon', this is a much later blooming variety of Pineapple Sage.

    Jon Dixon found this accidental hybrid in his Woodside, California, greenhouse around the early 1980s. Woodside is south and west of San Francisco near the Pacific coast where winters are mild but summers are dry and often hot.

    In The New Book of Salvias, Betsy Clebsch writes that Dixon moved the pretty sage to his garden to see how it would do in a less protected environment. Dixon and his friends who test-gardened the hybrid discovered that it maintained an attractive, upright form.

    Pineapple Sages don't all smell like pineapple, but this one does. It is pleasingly fragrant. Similar to other types of S. elegans, it is edible. Cooks often use Pineapple Sage leaves and flowers in breads, pound cake and tea.

    When in bloom, Frieda Dixon is tall and attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Deer avoid it despite its tender foliage. Frieda Dixon is a subshrub, which means that it combines soft herbaceous foliage and woody growth.

    Give this long-blooming sage full sun, average watering and rich, well-drained soil. Afternoon shade is also helpful. Frieda Dixon is pretty in borders and as a screen or in a cut-flower garden.

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  • Salvia greggii 'Dark Dancer'

    (Dark Dancer Autumn Sage) The clear, light raspberry flowers of this largish Autumn Sage bloom from spring into summer. It makes a colorful, tall groundcover and looks lovely on slopes. This variety was discovered as a sport in the Aptos, California nursery of Nevin Smith.

    Dark Dancer blooms abundantly and is easy to grow. It thrives in full sun or partial shade and needs little water or soil amendment. As with so many Salvias, hummingbirds love this plant but deer avoid it.

    Autumn Sage was discovered in Northern Mexico by pioneer and plant explorer Josiah Gregg during the 19th century Mexican American War. Now it is one of the most popular Salvias grown in the world due to color, adaptability and long bloom times. This one flowers from spring into fall.

    Larger Autumn Sages -- such as Dark Dancer, which grows up to 4 feet tall and wide -- are rare, and those worthy of garden space even more so. This one is an excellent choice.
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  • Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa'

    (Pink Beach Autumn Sage) When it blooms from spring into fall, this heat- and chill-tolerant sage is covered with large, two-tone pink flowers that attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds. This compact, drought-tolerant beauty also features small, shiny, bright green leaves.


    Pink Beach was selected and developed by Paul Bonine and Greg Shepherd of Xera Plants in Portland. This sun-loving sage tolerates partial shade and greatly appreciates settings with morning sun and afternoon shade. It is an excellent groundcover, border or container plant.

    The first person to bring Autumn Sage to the notice of the horticultural world was Josiah Gregg, after whom the species is named. A pioneer and plant explorer, Gregg discovered the species in Northern Mexico in the mid-19th century.

    Pink Beach is our best small-growing, pink Autumn Sage. Big thanks go to Paul and Greg of Xera as well as Josiah, because we appreciate plant explorers and developers.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'

    (Trinity Mountain Sage) Heat and drought tolerant, this Salvia microphylla is native to Northeastern Mexico where summers are dry and temperatures can rise to more than 100 degrees. It can survive winter temperatures down to 0 degrees F.

    Yucca-Do Nursery of Texas found this superior Mountain Sage amid the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains of Nuevo Leon where summers are hot and dry and winters are much cooler as well as damp.

    At 24 inches tall and 48 inches wide when mature, Trinity Mountain Sage is an ideal groundcover for hot summers across the Southwest and Texas. It features fine green foliage and bright pink flowers that turn a bit violet in cooler weather. The blossoms are large and numerous. In USDA Zones 7 to 9, they bloom almost nonstop from spring to fall when temperatures drop into the mid-20 degree range.

    Despite being well suited for a dry garden, Trinity Mountain Sage also does well with regular watering. Give it full sun to partial shade. It's adaptable to many kinds of soil, but needs good drainage. Add this pretty sage to short, mixed borders or use it to edge pathways.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O' Grady'

    (Rosie O'Grady Mountain Sage) Honeybees and hummingbirds love the large, bright pink flowers of Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O'Grady', a drought-resistant sage. Dense and fragrant, it's large, glossy green leaves are veined and have finely serrated edges. This is a lush choice for dry gardens.

    Mountain Sage sometimes is confused with its close relative Autumn Sage ( Salvia greggii). They look similar, but one apparent difference is that S. greggii has tiny, completely smooth leaves. Both species are long flowering, heat tolerant and drought resistant.

    Salvia microphylla is native to the American Southwest and a number of Mexican states. In the U.S., it grows best in areas with mild winter temperatures.

    Suncrest Nurseries of Watsonville, California, developed this prolific bloomer -- a lush and large variety of Mountain Sage. It's a subshrub, which means it's a shrub in warmer climates and an herbaceous perennial that dies to ground during chilly winters.

    Suncrest prides itself on serendipitous discoveries in their test gardens. At FBTS, we pride ourselves on obtaining the best new Salvias on the market.

    Give Salvia microphylla 'Rosie O'Grady' full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil. Although it handles dry conditions, it likes average watering based on local conditions. This sage is an ideal groundcover, because it spreads easily without being invasive. Rosie O'Grady also works well as a border or container plants.

    Mountain Sages are the focus of research for their potential use in insecticides as well as medicines. Their plant chemicals contain antioxidant qualities and decrease gastrointestinal absorption of fats. We particularly appreciate them for being easy to grow, pretty plants that appeal to tiny wildlife but not to deer.

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  • Salvia microphylla 'Wild Watermelon'

    (Wild Watermelon Mountain Sage) Large, watermelon-pink flowers and the fruity fragrance of this long-blooming sage's mid-green, veined leaves make this sage a treat to grow.

    As a Mountain Sage, this pretty subshrub has a combination of soft herbaceous foliage and woody growth.

    Native to the Southwest and Mexico, Mountain Sages are heat and drought tolerant. However, they appreciate average watering based on local conditions. This is an ideal plant for creating small wildlife habitat, because it feeds hummingbirds, honeybees and butterflies.

    Give this sage full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Use it as a border or pathway edging. It is ideal for dry gardens and native gardens.

    Wild Watermelon was named by North Carolina plantsman Richard Dufresne, when he selected it during a visit to San Francisco's Strybing Arboretum. Dufresne's seedling came from a group collected by plant explorer Don Mahoney at Cerro Potosi, Mexico. Mahoney found the plants at an altitude somewhere between 7,000 to 8,500 feet above sea level.

    10.50
  • Salvia x 'Alegria Dark Pink'

    (Dark Pink Joy Sage) Salvia x 'Alegría Dark Pink' is one of the most vigorous new plants at Flowers by the Sea. Its burgundy pink flowers are supported by handsome burgundy and olive green calyxes.

    A hybrid of Salvia dichlamys and S. microphylla, it has remarkable vigor and more flowers than either parent. The tall spikes and large, showy flowers are a hummingbird's dream.

    This full-sun sage is adaptable to many kinds of well-drained soil and grows well where winters are slightly chilly to mild. Give it an average amount of supplemental watering if local rainfall is insufficient.  Suitable as an annual in colder Zones, as it grows to a large size very rapidly.

    This new introduction is in its first season at our farm. However, we are so impressed with its strength, superior growth characteristics and good looks that we've decided to share it with you now.

    Joy Sage is an introduction from plant explorer Roland Uria, an agronomy professor at Argentina's University of Buenos Aires. Thanks, Professor Uria.

    10.50
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Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Average Watering?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Average Watering?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 6, 2015 04:15 PM
Synopsis: Confusion about watering of plants is understandable, because moisture needs vary so much from one species to another. It also varies based on your local growing conditions. Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of the Everything Salvias blog at Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery, explains the differences between the labels drought resistant, average water and water loving classifications for estimating water needs. Some FBTS average water plants also grow well in dry or damp settings.
I like Amstiad

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.


  1. Go tubular. Hummingbirds need tubular flowers that are easy for long, thin beaks to access.
  2. Provide lots of color. Think of yourself as a cafeteria manager who needs to provide many tempting choices in order to attract business. Red, pink, orange and purple sages are particularly powerful hummingbird magnets.
  3. Keep your garden blooming. Plant a variety of Salvias based not only on color but also a broad span of bloom times. Many flower from spring into fall. Others are prolific fountains of nectar for shorter seasons. Numerous winter-blooming species are available for areas that are home to hummingbirds year round.
  4. Grow sages native to the Western Hemisphere. Although hummingbirds will take advantage of many kinds of tubular flowering plants, these tiny birds are native to the Western Hemisphere and prefer flowering plants native to their half of the world.
  5. Select Salvia companion plants. Hummingbirds appreciate a variety of favorite tubular-flowered plants.
  6. Plant hummingbird gardens near cover. Trees and bushes surrounding feeding areas provide protection from predators and chilly, rainy weather.
  7. Don't use pesticides. Insects provide protein for hummingbirds, so don't kill these food sources.
  8. Provide water. Hummingbirds frolic in misters and shallow birdbaths.
  9. Supplement plantings with feeder tubes. Change the sugar water every few days and don't add food coloring. Keep the feeders clean, but don't scrub them with soaps or detergents. Here is more feeder care information.
  10. Read more. Our Everything Salvias Blog offers a number of articles about hummingbirds.
Hey, got any greens?

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.


  1. Mask smells that deer like with aromatic sages. Deer and other members of the Cervidae family, such as elk, mostly leave Salvias alone. One theory is that they don't like the fragrance or taste of sage chemicals. Strategically planting sages near vegetable gardens or fruit trees -- elixir to deer -- may prevent consumption.
  2. Grow hedges including Salvias. Prickly hedges, including hairy-leafed Salvias and exceptionally thorny roses, can discourage deer from entering your yard. They don't like the mouth-feel of those textures. Tall hedges also hide strawberry beds and other yummy plantings from view.
  3. Don't overplant one species. Grow a variety of Salvias in case local deer take an unexpected liking to one species of sage.
  4. Fence deer out. Install electric fences or 8-foot wood or metal fences around particularly vulnerable areas. Make sure electric fencing is turned on during the peak feeding seasons of early spring and late fall.
  5. Use motion-detection tools. Install outdoor lighting that is activated by movement.
  6. Let the dogs out. Deer are especially wary of large dogs.
  7. Surround and cover. Wrap tough plastic around the trunks of trees that have tasty bark and cover foliage with bird netting when trees and bushes are fruiting.
  8. Change yard ornaments periodically. Objects such as scarecrows, statuary and cordons of monofilament string with strips of shiny foil attached cause deer to shy away.
  9. Make safe choices. Research repellants you plan to use to make sure they aren't poisonous.
  10. Be flexible and ready to share a bit. There is no such thing as a completely deer-resistant garden.