Sage, Meadow –
A newer color introduction in Salvias, true blue is as tough and as profuse a bloomer as the others. Can be cut back to rebloom early in the fall.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Some types can be sheared back after flowering to induce a second flush of flowers in fall. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Golden marguerite – The bright yellow daisy flowers of golden Marguerite make a fine contrast with blue hybrid sage in color and form in sunny gardens.
Shasta daisy – In sunny borders, the sparkling white daisies of ‘Alaska’ combine well with mealy cup sage.
Daylily – Blooming at the same time, daylily trumpet flowers and strap-shaped foliage play off well against blue hybrid sage.
Aster – In fall, New England asters provide an interesting combination with Mexican bush sage. They enjoy similar conditions.