Non-shrubby Salvia

dnr24(7b)May 1, 2010

Can someone recommend the some types of blue salvia that I should seek out for a full sun centerpiece in a yard. I'd prefer something striking, but not high maintenance, and one that doesn't get too "shrubby." I plan to plant it around a birdbath and around that, plant white and lavender trailing lantana (which is bordered by monkey grass).

Ones that I've seen that I like are: S. patens and the mystic and indigo spires.

Thanks!

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hybridsage

dnr:
If I were you "Mystic Spires" ,with good drainage
S farinacea many forms,S."Blue Chiquita" ,mexicana
(Fall blooming). Indigo Spres is going to be pretty
big 4'+ 18" long bloom spikes. I would not do the Monkey
(aka mondo)grass in full sun it will burn up. liriope yes
it gets the small purple flowers followed by a bluish black berry.

Art

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 6:36PM
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dnr24(7b)

Yes, it is liriope. Thanks for the tips!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 9:41PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Salvia chamaedryoides gets around 15 - 18 inches tall, has pure blue flowers and gray-green foliage foliage, and is somewhat spreading. Will that match up to your spreading lantana?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 10:10AM
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dnr24(7b)

Very nice. I will keep that in mind. The blue was a request by my wife, but in perusing salvias, I saw san marcos festival (s. mycrophylla) and the red-violet color really struck me. It would be a nice contrast to the white and lavender of the lantana. Anyone have any experience with that?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 9:34PM
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dnr24(7b)

I meant to say San Carlos Festival.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 9:39PM
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hybridsage

San Carlos Festival needs shade in zone 8. I will be replacing mine being it was toasted last year.FYI-The color to me is more pink than red violet.
Art

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 8:17AM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

San Carlos Festival can get 2-3 feet tall and wide. Can you quantify the size restriction for your proposed site?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 8:28AM
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dnr24(7b)

The planting area is roughly 12 feet diameter (the liotrope is already established around the site). I would plant the salvia around a birdbath in the center (3 plants?), then circle the salvia with white and lavender trailing lantana that grows up to 3 feet wide. I guess, it may be a bit tight with anything that grows more than 2 feet wide.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 11:04AM
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dnr24(7b)

Also, the site gets filtered sun in the morning and full sun in the afternoon.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 11:07AM
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