• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

2019 Year of Salvia nemorosa

Invite hummingbirds and bees to the garden by planting a few hardy salvias.

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2019 The Year of Salvia nemorosa.

Grow salvia in full or half-day sun and rich organic soil. Add compost to clay and sandy soil for best results. Once established Salvia nemorosa is fairly drought tolerant.

Extend salvias bloom time with regular pruning. After the first flush of flowers have faded and stems turned brown, cut the plants back to about one third. In four to six weeks new flowers will appear. Repeat for a third flush of blooms.

Consider growing May Night salvia with indigo blue flowers and good pest and disease resistance. Another option is the upright dark stemmed Caradonna that is more tolerant of heavier clay soils and consider some of the new compact varieties.

A bit more information:  Salvia nemorosa is a less aggressive member of the mint family and an ornamental relative of the herb sage. Here are a few new varieties to consider: April Night (an earlier blooming variety), New Dimension, Bordeaux, Swifty and Salute bred for improved performance and the compact Blue Bouquetta and Blue Marvel.

Upcoming Appearances


Jan. 29, 2022
WCBA's Home Building &
Remodeling Expo

West Bend, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 2, 2022
Small Space Gardening
(webinar)

Feb. 11-13, 2022
PBS Wisconsin
Garden & Landscape EXPO

Madison, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 18-20, 2022
NARI Milwaukee
Spring Home Improvement Show

Milwaukee, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 23, 2022
Dahlias - Proven Performers!
(webinar)

March 1, 2022
Michigan Green Industry Assn.
Annual Tradeshow & Convention

Novi, MI
(in-person event)

March 5-6, 2022
Maryland Home & Garden Show
Lutherville-Timonium, MD
(in-person event)

​​​​​​​March 26-27, 2022
​​​​​​​REALTORS Home & Garden Show
West Allis, WI
(in-person event)

Watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to Win
Your Best Garden & Landscape in 6 Lessons DVD set

ENTER NOW