Salvia ID and How to Control?

farmboy1(5)June 26, 2014

Greetings....

I've been on some of the other forums for a while, but now I'm trying to find out more about some salvias I ended up taking home from a property that was being re-landscaped.

First, I'm kind of wondering what kind of salvia they are (May NIght?), as they have done very well the past couple of years.

Second, this year they seem to have exploded in growth and have lost their nice round shape and fallen down. Is there a way I can keep them from expanding out like this and falling down, possibly by deadheading?

I would like to give them a more prominent place in my yard, but would need to be able to control them a bit better.

Thanks!

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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

This looks like a typical Salvia nemerosa, and that behavior is normal. The best way to deal with the old growth flopping is to cut it back after blooming. Also this may be a good time to divide the clump.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:29PM
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farmboy1(5)

Thanks, Rich!

Now that I know exactly what they are, I can better maintain them.

These were small when I transplanted them, and they have been very popular with bees, butterflies and other insects.

I have a couple of boxwoods by my front walkway that suffered a lot of winter dieback, and I want to replace them with something that flowers and is attractive to bees, etc. It would be the perfect spot for these as it has plenty of room, good soil, sunlight, etc.

So now I know one of the things I'll be doing this weekend...

vince

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 11:30PM
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