Salvia Guru: Colorful, Fragrant and Full of Surprises
Late summer is time to get serious in the garden, time for the second wave of planting. Adding fall-blooming perennials now provides color in coming weeks and gives your new plants strong roots for next spring.
In this issue of Salvia Guru, you'll find numerous suggestions for late summer planting that will provide surprising fall color. They include members of the adaptable Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) group. Perhaps you already have a number of plants from this extensive group of drought-resistant sages. This issue also connects you to a Flowers by the Sea (FBTS) video explaining easy summer pruning of these sages so you can prolong bloom.
Our look at color leads you to a cut-flower arrangement inspired, in part, by the Salvia-like purples hidden in a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. We also venture into Texas hill country for a dose of crimson from fragrant Pineapple Sage (S. elegans). A link to Sunset magazine offers comprehensive lists of autumn-blooming perennials for regions ranging from the Arctic to the Tropics and from the Pacific Coast to the Rocky Mountain West.
So color... we've got color. Then what explains the photo of scraggly grass and soil pictured here? If you look hard, you'll see a tiny, perfectly round, black hole at its center. It's a tunnel engineered by wild bees and leads to their underground nest. They're helpful pollinators that help our world flower. Wildlife gardening is important to us, so you'll always find information here about how to attract pollinators to your garden.
Finally, we introduce two new sections in this issue. One concerns many kinds of insects (Pollinators and Pests). The other (Food and Fragrance) focuses on Salvias used in cooking or valued for being aromatic.
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