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Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
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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Showy, long blooming and hardy
Have used both on the San Francisco peninsula and in the Sierra foothills (VERY hot and dry in summer; possible snow in winter). Worked beautifully in both very different locations. The vivid...Read complete review
Have used both on the San Francisco peninsula and in the Sierra foothills (VERY hot and dry in summer; possible snow in winter). Worked beautifully in both very different locations. The vivid purple is very striking. Many types of pollenators love it; it is constantly buzzing. Plus we have apiaries and the honeybees love it too. It is quite drought resistant. On the Peninsula I only had to water it every 10-14 days in the hottest summer. In the Foothills, I maybe have to water once a week in 90-100 degree weather.
Most Liked Negative Review
I'm wondering how many years it will take for this to look like the picture!
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Brighton, CO
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:
The first season it was nice. Bees loved it. The next season, it spread a pleasant amount and was dappling itself throughout the garden nicely. The 3rd season I rued the day I planted it. The 4th-infinite seasons I've spent trying to eradicate it. Mistakenly, I had it in a bed with iris. It seeded itself tightly in amongst the Iris tubers souch I had to dig the Iris in the fall (when they were dormant), pull out the salvia roots and replant the Iris.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from douglas az.
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It bloomed then began death ,arch.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Thriving in my garden!
from Vail Valley
I have re-ordered this plant several times because the deer and rabbits ignore it and it thrives at 7,000 ft!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Stayed small, but bloomed
By Soil Sister
from Durango CO
About Me Master Gardener
Not as showy as I expected
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Boise, Idaho
Merchant response: We sincerely apologize that the -Salvia sylvestris May Night did not meet your expectations. There can be many variables in gardening although we are committed to our customers success and stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
from Fayetteville, GA
I placed 6 of these plants in an arc in front of a large tree in my backyard. They grew very fast and looked great while they were growing, but once they reached their full height they tip over especially when they get wet. Maybe they would've done much better if I planted them next to one another, but I separated them by 18-24 inches and planted poker primrose in between each salvia. Once the primrose start growing I'll cut back the salvia to see if they will grow thicker or I'll see if there is a way to give them support so they don't tip over. Love their look anyway!
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Easy color for hot, dry climate
By No Green Thumb
from Texhoma, Tx
About Me Getting Started
This plant is great for our hot, dry climate
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from Berthoud, Colorado
I am really pleased with the plants I ordered from High Country Gardens. The salvia sylvestris "May Night" is an easy to care for, colorful, and hardy plant here in Colorado. Lovely!HCG makes good suggestions for plants to use in my garden here in northern Colorado. I have followed their recommendations and planting directions and haven't had a problem yet. THANK YOU!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
The plants looked beautiful shortly after I planted them.
from Denton, TX
The plants are healthy and hardy. They survived the drought and the floods we are now having. They even bloomed this year.They provide good color in the flower bed.
Just right for high altitude
from Chama, NM
Used plants in a new flower bed and am very pleased with the outcome
from Grass Valley, CA
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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