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Maraschino comes into bloom in the summer with a stunning display of deep cherry red flowers. Very cold hardy, this beauty likes to be placed where it gets the morning sun but shade in the heat of the afternoon. A hummingbird's delight! Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Tips For Growing Salvia
Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.
Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.
Western Salvia include:
To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.
Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.
Old World varieties include:
More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.
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Dead after only a year?
I bought this, and two other salvia plants, last February, I believe. They arrived just fine, I planted them, and they flourished through the summer. But now, they all appear to...Read complete review
I bought this, and two other salvia plants, last February, I believe. They arrived just fine, I planted them, and they flourished through the summer. But now, they all appear to be dead as doornails, and show no signs of life, although all my other perennial bushes are popping back up or budding. Given that they are supposed to be perennials and zoned for Nebraska, I was very disappointed--especially this particular salvia, as it was so pretty. :-(
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partly sunny wonder
from Ridgway, Co
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Maraschino:
Bloomed and grew quite large the first year. Only few hours of morning sun in the summer with a couple more not so hot afternoon hours toward autumn. Perfect for those part sun only gardens.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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If I had more space in my garden, I'd defiinitely add more
from Laurinburg, NC
About Me Professional Landscaper
Today is December 12 and the Maraschino is still in bloom.
This plant is not nearly as showy as the picture represents. While pretty it is no showstopper. Also bloomed very late in the season after the hummingbirds had gone.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great Blooms Every Year
from Pima, AZ
About Me Master Gardener
I have this wonderful bush in my xeriscape garden and it's a dependable bloomer, full of dark red flowers. I purchased it from HCG in March 2014 and it's going strong three years later.
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By gardener grammy
from Millmont, PA
plant took off growing amazingly fast. had beautiful flowers until frost love it
By No, thank you
from Minneapolis, MN
Part of a horticultural experiment to see what Zone 5 plants would survive a Zone 4 winter in Minnesota. Writing in late January, with winter in full swing, it's too early to tell whether this plant will re-emerge in the spring or not. It took a long time for this salvia to finally get going, and best blooms didn't appear until September.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
A standout beauty
from Kanab, UT
This plant has been blooming for a very long time, attracting hummingbirds until they left for the winter but still attracting native pollinators.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Fun and floaty
from Boise, ID
Like the Salvia Raspberry Delight, Salvia Maraschino has beautiful blooms throughout the summer plus the stems 'dance' on the breeze.
By Plant fanatic.
from Milwaukie OR
I purchase plants to supply a food source for wildlife. Salvia Marachino, along with S. Wildthing, are a great source of nectar for hummingbirds, and are able to survive the low temperatures in the Portland, OR, metro area.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Yakima WA
About Me Getting Started
It took a while for this plant to catch on but now it blooms well and takes minimal water
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Super Intense Color!
By Aspiring Habitat Hero
from Fort Collins, CO
I saw hummingbirds on this plant before it was even 6" tall! It bloomed while small and didn't quit until the first hard frost. It is an amazing true, scarlet red. Survived the extreme fall 2014 freeze and is coming back strong!
from Omaha, NE
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Tough as nails beauty
from Snohomish, WA
This beauty took off the first season even when placed in the driest least fertile part of my garden: the parking strip that used to be a lawn. It gets hot and dry here, but Maraschino pumped out lots of scarlet blooms all summer long. The bees and butterflies love it. Foliage fragrant when brushed against. Rub some every day just for pleasure. A real cherry of a plant!
Lives up to the description
from Rocky Point, NY
This plant has beautiful deep cherry colored flowers and quick growth. Bloomed all season with daily visits from hummingbirds. I put it next to another bush salvia that was several years old and it grew almost as big in one season. I am waiting to see how it does after the winter for it's second season.
By Colorado landscaper
from Broomfield, CO
One of my favorite salvias, hands down. Very fragrant and long blooming, typically early June through October. Scarlet red blooms. I live in the Denver area, and we do get cold winters. This is a zone 6 rated plant, so if using in zone 5, probably best to plant with southern exposure. My original HCG plant is going on 7-8 years now. It is about 30" high and bushy. Very hard to find in nurseries.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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