Salvia greggii ‘Blue Note’ (Autumn Sage)
The largest genus in the Lamiaceae family, drought tolerant Salvia is a great plant for the dry California landscape. This particular Saliva, ‘Blue Note’ has stunning true blue flowers that seem to be lit from within. It blooms June through November, and its compact size makes it an excellent choice for containers or mixed perennial beds. The foliage grows on slender stems and the glossy green leaves are quite aromatic. The lovely blue flowers attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to the garden. Pair ‘Blue Note’ with Coreopsis ‘Early Sunrise’, Rudbeckia ‘Indian Summer’, or any other yellow flowering plant for a bold pop of color.
Salvia greggii, or Autumn Sage are shrub sages, some of which die to the ground in the winter, returning in the spring with fresh, delicate foliage and bloom. ‘Blue Note’ will be evergreen in coastal areas of California, and can tolerate mild frosts, but will be deciduous in colder inland areas during the winter. Salvia greggii ‘Blue Note’ thrives in Sunset Climate Zones 8-24. It will grow easily in well drained soil and full sun to a height and width of 1 foot. Although ‘Blue Note’ is drought tolerant once established, it will look its best if given moderate watering. An interesting fact: All sages have whorls of two lipped flowers, and a square shaped stem. Check it out! It’s a good identification tool.
We are currently growing Salvia greggii ‘Blue Note’ in 1 gallon containers. Give us a call, check out our website clearwatercolor.com and follow us on Facebook to see what’s happening around the nursery.