winter blooming salvias
Why don't nurseries (particularly in CA) offer more of these?? I see Californians online boohoo-ing about the lack of color in their garden in winter... yet it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that there are several salvias which are spectacular in winter. Right now, in my garden and in local botanical gardens, these reign supreme:
And their hybrids...
Plus, I've seem many others still blooming... and it's January. e.g. S. elegans, chiapensis, mexicana, semiatrata, Anthony Parker, Indigo Spires, vanhouttei, sagittata, and several others which I am forgetting at the moment.
So, why do my local nurseries only offer the same old boring "winter blooms"?? But none of these salvias? Why are they so rare in the trade? I just bought 3X gallon plants of S. karwinskii from a local park, because they are about to bloom and I got sick of seeing them there all year long, not sold. I figure my resident hummingbirds will be oh-so-grateful... everyone else puts up sugar feeders, instead.
OK, I guess my rant is over now. :)