Blue Hill Salvia
Soothing, serene, beautiful blue. What garden isn’t enhanced by this captivating color? Blue Hill Salvia delivers months of enchanting blue blossoms to your beds and borders. The blooms are arranged on short spikes; they make a pleasing combination with other long-blooming summer Spirits with contrasting flower arrangements, such as Yarrow with its flat flower clusters. You can include Blue Hill in a formal perennial border or add it to a more freewheeling meadow-type planting plan. Plant it in drifts to create pools and rivers of dreamy blue in your landscape. Easy to grow.
This species of Salvia, or Meadow Sage, is a wildflower that ranges from eastern Europe to western Siberia; it favors cool-summer climates. Meadow Sage grows most abundantly in sunny, dry meadows and forest edges in its homelands. Deer and other browsers avoid it because of the pungent smell of its leaves when crushed; it’s a member of the fragrant Mint family and is long-lived. A great German plant breeder by the name of Ernst Pagels developed Blue Hill Salvia in the late 1950s, selecting it for its rich blue color and compact habit. You may occasionally find this Spirit listed under its original German name, ‘Blauhügel’.
Bring on the pollinators! Blue Hill Salvia will welcome hummingbirds into your yard, as well as all sorts of hungry pollinators who do important work in the garden.
How to Grow
Give Blue Hill Salvia a position in all-day sun for maximum flower power. The soil should be free-draining and lean. Rich soil encourages floppy growth. Water regularly during establishment; less moisture will be needed in succeeding years. Deadhead (prune out spent flower spikes) to keep plants looking thrifty and to encourage new flower buds to form. Plants will often bloom until frost. Cut back old stems and foliage before new growth resumes in spring. Blue Hill Salvia rarely needs dividing and may be left in place for many years.
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