Salvia - May Night

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Salvia is commonly referred to as wood sage. It is an upright, clump forming perennial with green leaves and spikes of tiny tubular flowers. The leaves of this mint family member are aromatic. Easy to grow.

About this Variety

Salvia 'Mainacht', commonly sold under the trade name of May Night, features deep, violet blue flowers. It was named the 1997 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.

Highlights

  • Returns and blooms year after year in most hardy zones
  • Perfect for garden beds and borders
  • Showy blooms
  • Beneficial to pollinators; attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Drought tolerant

Exposure:

Full Sun

Blooms:

Summer

Height:

Grows 18-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 12-18" apart, 1.5-2" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 4-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant Salvia in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 1.5-2" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the salvia in hole with roots pointed down and space 12-18" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.

Care Tip

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist, humusy soils with good drainage, but also performs well in gravelly or sandy soils. Tolerates drought. Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this. Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period.