Red Salvia coccinea and Indigo Spires
What would Central Texas gardeners do without the many salvias we have? They're a mainstay in my garden. Blues and purples, coral and reds.....they're all welcome here. And....the always important asset....the DEER DON'T LIKE THEM!
The Salvia 'indigo spires' above, came with us from our old garden. It's about ten years old, and still going strong. It should have been cut back hard at the end of July. I'd cut it back in June, and that was too early.
It's a bit too leggy...needs more sun that it gets where it is. It'll be moving soon.
I've been pleased with the Salvia coccinea I planted this year. Sometimes called Scarlet Sage, it's a texas native. It reseeds itself. That's fine with me. I spread them around.
I also have Salvia coccinea coral. It hasn't reseeded like the red....unfortunately.
Mealy Blue Sage, Salvia farinacea, is another native....in blue...
Salvia greggii, also known as Atumn sage or Cherry sage, is a great performer.
Evergreen and very drought tolerant.
This red came with us from the old garden.
The pink came with the house.
For fall blooms, Pineapple Sage, Salvia elegans, is a good one.
I really like the spikey red blooms. It makes a nice bush all summer....even though, this is another one I should have pruned back midsummer.
View from master bath window.
Another great fall bloomer, is Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha.
I like the fuzzy purple spikes.
I have the solid purple, and the purple with white tips. I think I like the all purple best.
It should have been pruned back, too. I think I need to do a better job, next summer.
There will be more of this one planted.
There are many more salvias, and I plan to add more to my garden.
Salvias are dependable bloomers. The bees and hummingbirds love them. And, again...
THE DEER DON'T LIKE THEM!!
What more could you ask.