native coreopsis will bring in bees and
butterflies like this striking American Lady.
something unseats it, Amistad salvia is the most
beautiful salvia to ever hit the market. Amistad is a
Salvia guaranitica or anise sage and is a rich purple
violet color fit for royalty. You canít fault a name
like Amistad or Friendship salvia. This plant is special
and deserving of something regal.
as Shakespeare said, "Whatís in a name?" The
most important thing is that you buy it and include it
in your flower border. Do it for the beauty it exudes
but also for the tremendous number of hummingbirds and
other pollinators it will attract.
received ours as part of the Southern Living plant
collection trial program. When local nurserymen came to
our garden party, they were stunned by the salvia to the
point that this year it was included in their product
line. Lucky for us we received for trial the Sunshine
ligustrum in the same shipment. This golden leafed
beauty just so happens to perform equally well and makes
an absolutely stunning partner for the Amistad salvia.
Amistad is rated to 10 degrees in cold hardiness. I
assure you the rest of you will want to grow it as an
annual much like you do Salvia splendens or scarlet
sage. Amistad, however, will dwarf it as it will form a
clump 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.
and Blue salvia guaranitica has been my favorite and
performs best in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Amistad with its elegant royal purple blooms and black
calyxes will thrive in full sun which allows its beauty
to be reveled in all day long. Ours were already in full
bloom the third week of April, and the show will
continue until frost.
grow yours, choose a site in full to part sun for best
flowering. Again, our beds get direct afternoon sun.
This plant is winter-hardy from zones 8-10 but only with
good drainage. If cold winters are coupled with soggy
soil, the plant will be history. In colder areas this
will be one of the finest annuals you can grow, blooming
from summer through frost. If I lived in zone 7, I would
plant it on the south side of the house, give it a
little extra mulch headed into winter and hope for a
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 in the place them at the
same depth they are growing in the container spacing 2
to 3-feet apart.
will have no trouble reaching 4 to 5 feet in height so
plant toward the back of the border. In addition to
including the Sunshine ligustrum, we gave a tropical
look to our bed by incorporating bananas for the element
of bold leaf texture. We also planted a few of the
golden-yellow version of the tropical milkweed. Yellow
and gold makes the perfect complementary color scheme.
always suggested that if you want to look like youíve
used a landscape designer, then try partnering some blue
with the violet. There is just something about the color
combination that makes you go WOW. In this case, try
planting with Blue Fortune agastache. This will give you
give you an incredible backyard habitat for bees,
butterflies and hummingbirds.