Advice on Wendy's Wish (?) salvia
Last week, I found two rather large (30"), sprawly and blooming plants on the clearance rack at Lowe's with no hang tag but the sticker on the planter just said "salvia." Being new to the category, I spent a few days combing through websites and posts trying to determine what kind these were and now I believe they may be Wendy's Wish based on the leaf shape. The hummers love them. The flowers are actually more fuchsia pink than the red on the photo.
Anyway, whatever the variety, I am trying to figure out whether to plant them in containers that can be brought into my screen porch during the coldest parts of winter or in the ground. If in the ground, should I go for full sun on the south side of my house which is still quite intense or a mix of direct and dappled sun on the north? I am about a third of mile from the beach.
I also need advice on what could be causing some of the leaves to turn yellow and drop. They've been that way since the beginning (a little raggedy). Although there's quite a bit of new growth still occurring, some of the older, larger leaves are turning color and falling off daily. It's still humid here and in the high 80s/low 90s most days. Overnights range from high 60s to mid-70s, usually muggy. I've been watering when the leaves look wilted, which seems to perk 'em up, but I am concerned about overwatering too. Should I consider cutting them back now?
Any advice/suggestions would be much appreciated! I really hope I can get these to thrive and come back next spring because they're lovely.