Sages, Salvias and Native Plant Gardening

by Lorraine on September 27, 2008

I’m back-tracking here to when I attended a class on Salivas through the Theodore Payne Foundation last June.   A native garden without some sages just wouldn’t be complete and there are so many types and varieties to chose from that you have to restrain yourself from buying everything in sight.

Bart O’Brien of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden taught the class and it was very interesting.   He brought in several samples of clippings from various sages and discussed each one in detail.   The room was completely enveloped in a wonderful aroma of sage and I learned a great deal about how to care for Salvias, otherwise known as sage.

I am particularly partial to sages and I have, needless to say, several different types in my garden.   But due to space considerations, I had to limit my choices to a few but I what I planted has been delightful!

I purchased two cultivars from Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, called Whirley Blue.   This sage is a combination of Salvia clevelandiix and Salvia leucophylla and has grown to be somewhat large and round in shape.

They are about 4 and a half feet tall and the stems are covered with the most beautiful soft blue flowers and one as continuously bloomed right through the Summer.   The Humming Birds and bees are frequent visitors and the scent from the plants is wonderful.   I love to run my hands along the stems, releasing the fragrant oils and then lifting them to my face, breathing in the incredible and wonderful fragrance.

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1 Ann Joslin 09.29.08 at 11:18 am

Thank you for mentioning RSABG in your sage article. Since you are such a native plant lover, I thought you would be interested to know about our Garden’s upcoming Annual Fall Plant Sale – if you are not already aware of it!

The Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2 this year. Members shop Saturday 8 – 11 a.m., after which we open to the public until 4 p.m.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to shop beginning at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Please let me know if there are questions or if I can provide additional information.

Happy gardening!
Ann Joslin
Director of Visitor Services & Community Relations

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