red misplaced sage, Salvia disjuncta, and Copper
Canyon daisy, Tagetes lemmonii, create a wonderful
misplaced sage heads up a group fall-blooming salvias
that are absolutely riveting now in the garden. Salvias
just may be the favorite collector plants by gardeners
in the United Sates and rightfully so as I will further
first question is probably what is the misplaced salvia?
Well botanically speaking it is Salvia disjuncta. It is
from Mexico and simply amazing with its saturated fire
engine red blooms. The blooms number in the hundreds and
will completely mesmerize everyone that looks at them.
plants are around four feet tall and can reach a
staggering 6-ft in height. We have ours partnered with
the Copper Canyon daisy, Tagetes lemmonii and other
Mexico favorites in the gardens. Visually this analogous
color schemed partnership has to be one of the most
attractive for the fall landscape.
misplaced sage is truly a short day bloomer like the
purple spiked Mexican bush sage that is also growing in
close proximity. Some suppliers report blooms starting
in late October but ours started in September. The
incredible display lasts until a hard frost occurs.
I have mentioned two fall-blooming salvias triggered by
shorter day lengths, the misplaced sage, Salvia
disjuncta and the Mexican Bush sage, Salvia leucantha.
Two other short day salvias you may want to consider are
the orange mountain sage, Salvia regla and the stunning
Red Neck Girl, a yellow flowered forsythia sage, Salvia
madrensis. All of the salvias are cold hardy from zone 7
through 10 and can be a tasty treat for the late season
other fall-blooming salvias have really been blooming
all summer. We were going to have an Autumn Gardenfest
in October but Hurricane Matthew had other plans. But to
get ready for the fall festival we counted back 7 weeks
and pruned back the salvias hard.
we had to cancel the festival we are reaping the reward
of hard pruning with great displays of the salvias like
the royal purple Amistad a Salvia guaranitica hybrid and
the Mystic Spires Blue a terrific compact Salvia
farinacea x S. longispicata hybrid.
is a mystery to me why everyone doesn’t grow salvias.
They are deer resistant perennials creating excitement
in the garden by virtue of their spiky blooms, and
attracting hummingbirds and pollinators with a frenzy.
perhaps you are living north of zone 7 and thinking what
about me? Then the first choice would have to be May
Night an awarding winning Perennial Plant of the Year
and cold hardy from zones 4-9 and though it might not
bloom into the fall, the Meadow sage, Salvia pratensis
will and it is equally cold-hardy.
you will give perennial salvias a try. To grow yours,
next spring choose a site in full to part sun for best
flowering. Again our beds get direct afternoon sun. Good
drainage improves the chances of a spring return. Cold
winters coupled with soggy soil and the salvias will
generally be history.
help with those drainage issues prepare your soil before
planting by adding 3 to 4 inches of organic matter like
fine pine bark or compost, and till to a depth of 8 to
10 inches. While preparing the bed, incorporate 2 pounds
of a 12-6-6 slow-release fertilizer with minor
nutrients. Plant them at the same depth they are growing
in the container spacing 2 to 3-feet apart or as
recommended by per your variety and species.