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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.
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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(based on 14 reviews)
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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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Brilliant flowers loved by hummingbirds and others
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Long lasting pretty bloom. Grew fast on my hot/dry hillside.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By CO transplant
from Florence, CO
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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!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A powerhouse performer with a minimum of fuss
from Wichita County Texas
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.
By gardener grammy
from Millmont, PA
planted in garden did not take off as fast as the Marashino but when it did had beautiful flowers
Good Rich Color
By Pat M.
from Tucson, AZ
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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By the professor
from Santa Fe, NM
Very happy with how the plant performed this year.
Silky radiant magenta flowers
By Tess Truehart
from St Louis, MO
This salvia is a gorgeous, satiny, radiant magenta. Oustanding. Hardy in St Louis. Leaves smell wonderful.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Olney Springs, CO
have this in my perennial flower garden and is a great addition
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By Wild Eyed Poppy
from Utah Valley, Utah
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Boise, ID
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.
from northridge, ca
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.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
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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.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
By NW Moominmamma
from Seattle area
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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