| (Berkeley Hybrid Sage) Honeybees and butterflies love the blue flowers of this mid-size shrub -- a likely hybrid of Grape Scented Sage (Salvia melissodora) and Rosy Bract Sage (Salvia rubiginosa).
Grape Scented Sage and Rosy Bract Sage are native to Mexico. This hybrid is superior to both parent plants, with nicer flowers, leaves, bracts and growth habit. It is tough, long blooming and fragrant. Berkeley Blues was a new and exclusive introduction for FBTS in 2013. Rarely do we find something so new that is so good. We recommend it for in-ground and container planting.
Although its individual flowers are small, the 6-inch-long flower spikes of this shrub are impressive in combination with its rosy, jewel-like bracts that glisten in the sun. Berkeley Blues has a symmetry similar to some of the smaller Rhododendrons and looks attractive even when not in bloom.
This plant thrives on average watering based on local conditions, but can tolerate drought. It does well in full sun to partial shade and is made for areas with moderate winter temperatures.
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.