Shaping/pruning the habit of salvia greggii
The greggii that I have that were labeled "autumn sage" are planted on the south side of my house where the sun goes straight overhead in the summer from east to west.
However, these three sages want to grow toward the south, almost growing sideways. I've not had this problem with the other greggii, even the ones growing in partial sun under crape myrtles. There are salvia guaranitica 'Black & Blue' behind them (north side of the plants) and no overhanging trees.
Anyway, they are in full bloom right now and beautiful, if not for the sideways habit. Is it best to wait until next spring to shape them? I am concerned that they are very rapidly getting woody stems and it will be difficult to get a good growth habit.
I planted these from 4" pots one year ago today and they are already 3 feet and leaning. Which makes me think that it was the autumn sun, lower in the sky, followed by the winter sun, lower in the southern sky that may be responsible for the start-up of leaning.
I'll also want to move them out in the meadow garden. Is it a problem to move them now, while large and in full bloom? They are overhanging my stream and I have fears that the big bullfrogs are going to snag a hummingbird while sipping from the salvia!
zone 7b NC