PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
I can hardly imagine a garden without salvia; the genus has many irreplaceable floral gems. They are easy to grow, trouble-free, many quick to bloom, and grow lustily in gardens and containers. They offer a neverending parade of flowers (at least until frost) and the entertainment of their attendant hummingbirds. Those pesky deer avoid it, perhaps stayed by the unpleasant aroma of the bruised leaves. Pinch back once plants reach 6" tall to encourage bushiness and place in a site protected from wind, as the salvia branches are brittle. Stake early and deadhead frequently or cut for bouquets.
Mix about 2" of compost into the soil prior to planting. If soil is especially poor, it may be beneficial to feed once a month with an organic water-soluble feed or granular fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
When about 1/2 of florets have opened