Salvia is definitely one of my favorite garden plant genera. There are just so many choices and they are hardy and the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love them. Here are some of my favorites from my garden. All mentioned are perennial.
Mexican salvia – Salvia leucantha
These purple and white flowers are fuzzy! Who could ask for more? They get about 3-4 feet tall and are bush-like. Perennial. Tolerant of a variety of soils but does not like wet feet. Read more about Salvia leucantha.
Coral nymph – Salvia coccinea
These guys were a volunteer in my garden this past year, but I love the color. Bicolor blooms of coral and white on shorter 2 foot spikes. They bloom for a long time and prefer full sun and good drainage.
Hot Lips Salvia – Salvia mycrophylla
These shrub-like sages are a favorite of the hummingbirds at my house. They get to be about 3-3.5 feet tall and equally as wide. They grow in a shrub-like form and are perennial. Some of the flowers are pure red, some are red and white. They flower profusely. Full sun and well-drained soil.
Indigo spires salvia
Purple/blue flowers on tall spikes. Can be grown in part shade or full sun (prefers well-drained soil). In full sun, this plant can get very tall! The one in my backyard in full sun gets almost 6 feet tall and the bees love it! This photo is from the one in my front yard that is in part shade. It is only about 3.5-4 feet tall but the bees love it too.
Black and Blue Salvia – Salvia guaranitica
This beautiful dark blue flower is a favorite of hummingbirds in my yard. They perch on plants close by and guard them from each other. There is often a lot of aerial acrobats going on around these in the summer. Again, these are full sun and prefer well-drained soil. However, they can tolerate part shade and some moist soil – as long as they don’t sit in it for too long. These are another tall salvia – reaching heights of about 3-4 feet. Less bush-like than the hot lips salvia and not nearly as wide as the indigo spires.