Salvia Raspberry Delight®

Raspberry Delight Hybrid Bush Sage®

 
 
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Exclusive. Raspberry Delight is a outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established). The aromatic foliage has a sweet herbal scent. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.

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Per Plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Containers
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84796

Details

36" tall x 36" wide. During the spring and summer of 1998, I spent a lot of time evaluating a very large group of Salvia plants grown from seed I had collected the previous year. Finally, I spotted a single plant that stood out head and shoulders above all the rest; 'Raspberry Delight' had been found! This stunning ever-blooming hybrid has a profusion of deeply-colored, raspberry-red flowers held well above its long, arching branches. The foliage is deep green and has a sweet herbal fragrance when brushed. Garden trials have shown it to be a fast, vigorous grower with excellent heat tolerance and cold hardiness. (cutting propagated)
SKU 84796
Common Name Raspberry Delight Hybrid Bush Sage®
Botanical Name Salvia Raspberry Delight®
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36" tall
Mature Spread 36" wide
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Low Maintenance
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Hot Desert, Coastal California, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

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:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

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:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

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.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensSalvia Raspberry Delight®
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

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  • Attractive (15)
  • Healthy (12)
  • Accurate instructions (10)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Fragrant (3)

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  • Garden (13)
  • Outdoors (9)
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Highlight of the Garden

I purchased two Raspberry Delight Salvia to mix in with my Inferno Strip pre-planned garden last year. They arrived small but healthy, and took off like a flash. By mid-summer these first year...Read complete review

I purchased two Raspberry Delight Salvia to mix in with my Inferno Strip pre-planned garden last year. They arrived small but healthy, and took off like a flash. By mid-summer these first year plants were 36x36, and blooming profusely. The blooms attracted a huge variety of pollinators, including some beautiful black bumblebees that came every evening at dusk. I love these so much that I am removing some of the other plants in the inferno strip so I can add more Raspberry Delight.

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Slow start but coming back

Delivery was prompt, and the plant seemed healthy, if a bit small. It is supposed to be hardy but looks a bit small now coming back in Spring. Time will tell, though,...Read complete review

Delivery was prompt, and the plant seemed healthy, if a bit small. It is supposed to be hardy but looks a bit small now coming back in Spring. Time will tell, though, and I trust it will grow and blossom nicely throughout summer. Beautiful color.

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5.0

Beautiful

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from Dallas Tx

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

    This plant is gorgeous! Grows fast and blooms in no time at all. The flowers are a stunning color!! I love it!

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    2.0

    Salvia Raspberry Deight is gorgeous in the flowerbed.

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    from Grand Coulee, WA

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

      I like the deep green leaves against the bold raspberry blossoms. The humming birds, bees and butterflies like the plant. However, I am sad to say the plant I received last fall did not make it through the winter, so I ordered some replacements this spring and hope they can get established enough to winter over.

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      5.0

      Brilliant flowers loved by hummingbirds and others

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      from Mountain View

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

        I have a bed of 13 Raspberry Delight sages just off of my patio. They look great most of the time. Winter in my zone 9 doesn't make them look great, but they spring back immediately. Spring and Fall are the heavy long blooming seasons. Summer has some blooms, but not like Spring and Fall.

        My RD sages are planted in very heavily amended clay soil. Although they tolerate amended clay soil, they are happier with less clay.

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        5.0

        Beauty

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        from Denver

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

          Long lasting pretty bloom. Grew fast on my hot/dry hillside.

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          5.0

          Beautiful salvia

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          from Florence, CO

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

            I love this salvia. It has a long bloom period, (blooms it's 1st year), beautiful color, shape etc. I have one from 2 springs ago and one from last spring. They are both still only half their mature size but they are wonderful plants and they have survived winter(s), and don't seem attractive to deer or grasshoppers! I would very much like to order more!

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            5.0

            A powerhouse performer with a minimum of fuss

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            from Wichita County Texas

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

              As with other specimens I've ordered from HCG, Raspberry Delight is a workhorse performer in my landscape. Today is April first, and after a mild winter, mine is already covered in a profusion of blooms. I have been a full-time student for several years, and I haven't had a lot of time for garden maintenance, and I've even failed to water for long stretches of time, and yet this salvia has thrived on the neglect, seemingly. It blooms beautifully, and the hummingbirds love it. The color is a glorious and intense raspberry, too, and I know it will continue to give me joy for years to come. I expect this will perform beautifully in any place with a similarly mild winter, hot/dry summer, and caliche clay soil.

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              4.0

              good plant

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              from Millmont, PA

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                planted in garden did not take off as fast as the Marashino but when it did had beautiful flowers

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                3.0

                Good Rich Color

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                from Tucson, AZ

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                Love the intense color, but feel the size is way too tall for my garden use next to a walkway. It is too tall and too wide . Should have planted a shorter Salvia like Diana or Ultra Violet. If any of this variety dies, I will replace with shorter Salvias.

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                4.0

                Happy that I Bought This Plant

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                from Santa Fe, NM

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                  Very happy with how the plant performed this year.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Silky radiant magenta flowers

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                  from St Louis, MO

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                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Gorgeous Color
                  • Hardy
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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                    This salvia is a gorgeous, satiny, radiant magenta. Oustanding. Hardy in St Louis. Leaves smell wonderful.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    showy salvia

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                    from Olney Springs, CO

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                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                      have this in my perennial flower garden and is a great addition

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                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Highlight of the Garden

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                      from Utah Valley, Utah

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                      Pros

                      • Attractive
                      • Attracts Pollinators
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy
                      • Rapid Growth

                      Cons

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                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                        I purchased two Raspberry Delight Salvia to mix in with my Inferno Strip pre-planned garden last year. They arrived small but healthy, and took off like a flash. By mid-summer these first year plants were 36x36, and blooming profusely. The blooms attracted a huge variety of pollinators, including some beautiful black bumblebees that came every evening at dusk. I love these so much that I am removing some of the other plants in the inferno strip so I can add more Raspberry Delight.

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                        • Personal

                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Favorite Plant

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                        from Boise, ID

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                            Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                            I bought several in 2014 and absolutely love the bright pink flowers. It 'dances' in the breeze. Sadly, one didn't survive the 2014/2015 winter. So in 2015, I bought several more and added them throughout my garden. I think that this is my favorite plant for the long blooming, dancy look.

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                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Blooms already

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                            from northridge, ca

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                              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                              just planted a couple weeks ago and already blooming. has done well thru our 100 degree temperature (tho I am babying them until the fall). planted across the walkway from agastace Ava in west facing front yard with all day sun and both are already blooming tho only about 6-10 inches tall.

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                              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Hummingbird magnet

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                              from Norman,Oklahoma

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                              • Attractive
                              • Hardy

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                                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                                This year notwithstanding, it is always hard to find plants that withstand the heat in Oklahoma. This plant has been hardy and a beautiful bloomer attracting hummingbirds.

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                                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Slow start but coming back

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                                from Seattle area

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Healthy
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Small In Size

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden

                                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Raspberry Delight®:

                                Delivery was prompt, and the plant seemed healthy, if a bit small. It is supposed to be hardy but looks a bit small now coming back in Spring. Time will tell, though, and I trust it will grow and blossom nicely throughout summer. Beautiful color.

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                                • Personal

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                                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                                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.

                                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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