‘Black and Blue’ Sage

Size
Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8a to 10b
With its profusion of cobalt flowers against bright green leaves, ‘Black and Blue’ sage will stand out whether it is in a container, a cottage garden, or an informal border. Being drought- and heat-tolerant as well as deer-resistent, this is truly a low-maintenance plant. It is well loved by birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Deadheading will encourage repeat blooming through the summer.
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Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 36 to 4 inches tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Sun Loving
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant (once established), Water once a week in extreme heat
Attracts:   Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees
Garden Ideas:   
Perennial, Cottage, Wildlife
Flower features:    Long Flowering, Good for Cut Flowers
Cobalt Blue that bloom in summer through fall
Foliage type and color:    Herbaceous, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Rock Garden, Erosion Control, Woodland edge
, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Ground Cover
‘Black and Blue’ Sage is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 36 to 4 inches tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   3-4 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Regular
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Tolerates dry soil   Well-drained
General Plant Care:    Care for your perennials and annuals includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Perennials and annuals often look best planted in groups of five or more plants - if you are planting multiple plants, you may want to prepare the planting area and dig all your holes at one time to plan placement. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Pinch off the tips of stems early in the growing season for a fuller, bushier plant. You may wish to deadhead (cut off) old flowers to encourage new flowers to form. At the end of the growing season, perennials may be cut back to the ground for a tidier appearance.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8a to 10b

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