Middleton Nurseries

Growing Plants Since 1975

Salvia care

john zako
  • Salvia's prefer a well-drained soil . You can always improve a heavier garden soil with a mixture of compost, mulch and small fractions of lime gravel.
  • Preferably plant them in the spring and early summer so that they develop a strong root system to go into the winter. Semi-hardy species are best kept in a warm and protected place from the northeast wind. Most salvia's keep full sun , yet there are exceptions. The larger the leaf, the more shadow they can endure.
  • Never completely cut in for the winter. At the beginning of April you can cut the plants up to 1/3. Repeat a second decent pruning mid July and you get an exuberant autumn bloom.