Time to Trim, Time to Grow

If you've been holding off to prune salvias until after last frost, chances are now is the time to get snipping. Pruning before the onset of winter is a poor choice, because water easily penetrates the stems of mint-family (Lamiaceae) plants and creates damp crowns. Almost all salvias need to be well drained to avoid crown and root damage.

One of the links here will lead you to a video in which Kermit Carter, co-owner of Flowers by the Sea (Salvia Guru's publisher), demonstrates spring pruning of a Salvia subshrub. Many true sages -- such as Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), which we featured in our last issue -- are subshrubs. This means that they have both tender herbaceous and woody growth.

You'll find connections in this issue to a broad range of gardening and conservation topics related to salvias. In particular, you'll find a link to registration for the October 2016 Salvia Summit III -- an event including botanic garden tours as well as lectures by Salvia experts from around the world. Kermit Carter, FBTS co-owner, will be one of the speakers.

I'll be there inhaling fragrant foliage, scribbling in a notebook or tapping away on my laptop, clicking photos and hoping to meet many of you. But October seems far away, and my order from FBTS just arrived in healthy, lush green condition ready to plant after hardening off. So meanwhile, I think I'll daydream a bit about planting and building a she shed in the backyard.

Photo Credit: Alicia Rudnicki, FBTS.

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