By David Salman, High Country Gardens Founder
The genus Salvia, commonly known as Sages, includes a huge number of species from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. As these plants are native to a huge part of the planet, it’s no surprise that they're a highly variable group, adapted to a wide range of growing climates and conditions.
Salvias have an enthusiastic following among gardeners who enjoy their fantastic range of brightly colored flowers and all the wonderful pollinators that they attract. Species native to North and South America are highly attractive to hummingbirds, which are also native to this same hemisphere. Butterflies, bees, and bumblebees are also attracted to the flowers and are key pollinators for Salvias from all parts of the world.
Salvias are also aromatic, with flowers and foliage scented with natural oils that repel browsing animals such as deer and rabbits. Thus they are an excellent choice in parts of the country where browsing animals are a problem.