It’s Spring in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and our Purple Salvia are blooming! Purple Salvia are perennials that return every year. The flowers are spikes of miniature purple flowers. Purple Salvia is very easy to maintain. Just prune the spikes once the flowers turn light brown. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer such as Espoma PT4 4-Pound Plant-Tone Organic 5-3-3 Plant Food once per month during the blooming season
For the beginner gardener, Purple Salvia is an excellent choice. It provides color from Spring through Autumn. Just keep pruning the spent spikes to encourage continuous blooms.
Purple Salvia also make great border plants. If you would like to make a natural “fence” or line in your garden, Purple Salvia fit the bill. We use them to line the outside of our “Triangle Garden.”
Our Purple Salvia gets a little leggy and unattractive in late Summer, so my gardening partner likes to cut it way back. The problem is that I would prefer to cut it back to about 4 – 6 inches, so it will continue to bloom throughout the Autumn. Guess who wins? What to do when your gardening partner cuts back your plants, and you are not ready to let them go?
A child’s response to someone hurting them might be to hurt them back. Sometimes as adults, we feel the same way, but we have to suppress those feelings and try to be mature look at the big picture. The big picture is that they are only plants. As much as I love my plants, I love my gardening partner even more, much more! He has spent countless hours helping me garden by digging holes, transplanting large plants, pruning, fertilizing, watering, and taking hundreds of videos! I have to say goodbye lovely Zinnias because they will be covered with fungus in a few days. It was an exciting and fun gardening season, especially watching the Monarch and Yellow Tiger Swallowtail butterflies enjoy the Zinnia nectar! Very soon, it will be time to put the garden to bed and prepare for Winter.
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