Autumn Sage Picture Gallery

Despite being called an Autumn Sage plant, Salvia greggii begins flowering in early summer, then continues blooming abundantly through autumn. It is an excellent choice for drought tolerant garden design and can handle heat well. Although Salvia greggii appreciates a bit of shade in extremely hot climates, it is accustomed open locations in full sun.

Salvia greggii are low maintenance subshrubs -- flowering perennial shrubs that combine woody growth with soft herbaceous foliage. They need well-drained soil and deep watering once a week if heat and drought are intense. During winter in areas with freezing temperatures, mulch them with a heavy blanket of leaves. Lots of Autumn Sages are hardy to 10 degrees F or less, and some survive the frigid chill of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 5.

You can encourage profuse, repeated bloom and avoid overly woody growth and lankiness if you trim Salvia greggii back to about a third of its height at the end of winter, spring and summer.


Related Blog entries for plants in the Autumn Sage Picture Gallery

Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Deciduous, Woody Stem Sages:

Deadheading withered blossoms from deciduous woody stem Salvias like Autumn Sage makes them look tidy and repeat bloom during the growing season. A woody stem sage is a subshrub with partially woody growth.

July in the Salvia Garden:

July is a time of lush plant growth and pollinator activity in Salvia gardens. Aside from weeding and taking breaks to watch bees, hummingbirds and other small wildlife, there are many tasks to attend to in the sage garden during July. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers a list of midsummer tasks to keep your garden buzzing and blooming.

Summer & Early Fall Pruning of Autumn and Mountain Sage:

Summer and fall pruning of Salvias requires only light trimming of spent blossoms, which is known as deadheading. It increases bloom for Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla), which are particularly abundant bloomers in autumn. In this video from Northern California's Flowers by the Sea farm, FBTS horticulturist and co-owner Kermit Carter shows how to use sharp hand pruners to quickly remove flower spikes that have gone to seed. Carter explains how flowering plants have less energy to put into blossoming if they are setting seed. Removal of spent blossoms improves a plant's appearance and makes continuous bloom possible. FBTS specializes in the Salvia genus, which contains about 1,000 species. This video is part of FBTS Everything Salvias Blog series Views from the Garden.

A New Category - Autumn Sage & Mountain Sage:

Without a doubt, this group of closely related plants are the most widely grown of the genus. From 'Hot Lips' to 'Texas Wedding', there is something here for everyone.

Properties for plants in the Autumn Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia Raspberry Delight® 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii x karwinskii 'Brent's' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Red Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Purplish Pink Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pure White Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Orange Yucca Do' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii x lemmonii 'Raspberry Royale' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Elk Pomegranate' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Lowrey's Peach' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Pink Preference' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia lycioides x greggii 'Ultra Violet' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Vivid Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Vivid Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Salmon' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Moderate Purplish Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Moderate Purplish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple' 2 to 3 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Strong Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Radio Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Grace Pink' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Raspberry' 2 to 3 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors