Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 4a to 9b
‘May Night’ salvia, Perennial Plant of the Year for 1997, has long-blooming, striking, violet-blue flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make excellent cut flowers. Plants grow to 18 inches tall with aromatic leaves and a compact growth habit. Drought- and deer-tolerant.
1997 Perennial Plant of the Year
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Growth Size:   Low Plant - 18 to 24 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Pollenizer
Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Water once a week in extreme heat
Attracts:   Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Ideas:   
Perennial, Cottage, Wildlife
Flower features:    Fragrant
Indigo blue flowers that bloom in spring through summer
Foliage type and color:    Herbaceous, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Rock Garden
, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Ground Cover
‘May Night’ Salvia is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Low Plant - 18 to 24 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   2-3 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Average
Soil Types:   Adaptable to pH   Moist, well-drained   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: 4a to 9b

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