blue salvia looks to be the hottest plant at the
garden center this spring.
will be the hottest plant at the garden center this
spring, and itís likely, everyone will want several.
Mysty is the dazzling new compact salvia indigo spires
that was the talk of all the trials last year. Most
trials score on a 1-5 scale, and Mysty was well over 4
at Young Plant Trials in Alabama, UGA Trials in Athens,
Ga., and at the prestigious Penn State Trials, it was
crave this rare blue color in the long summer garden,
and Mysty will be the perfect choice reaching 12 to
18-inches tall and as wide with blooming spikes creating
excitement with color and texture. These spiky blooms
will thrill as they shoot above that imaginary
horizontal plane of the flower border.
first Indigo Spires, our old-fashioned preserving
perennial, was found growing in the Huntington Botanical
Garden in the 1970s and was made available in 1979. John
MacGregor, horticulturist at the California garden,
described his lucky find as a "sterile hybrid
courtesy of the bees."
of my favorite horticultural websites says, "Indigo
Spires tends to keep growing and growing and then
falling over under its own weight. Constant pruning and
pinching will keep it in bounds, and removing the flower
spikes after most of the flowers have dropped off will
encourage more blooming."
2006 Ball FloraPlant introduced Mystic Spires the first
dwarf or compact Salvia Indigo Spires, and for 12 years
it has remained one of the must-have plants in the
garden, blooming all summer. Now Ball FloraPlant has
done it again giving us an even tighter smaller growth
habit that will not only be treasured in the garden, but
that will make it the first selection of choice for
mixed containers and those that might want to use it in
winter drainage is good, Mysty will be cold hardy
through zone 7, like its predecessor. We usually think
about drainage in the spring and summer and rightfully
so, but it is even more critical in the winter for
salvias. Wet winter feet spells doom for salvias,
lantanas, and verbenas, but good winter drainage coupled
with mulch will allow many plants to return in the
spring far outside their hardiness zone.
comes from a cross of Salvia farinacea native to Texas
and New Mexico and Salvia longispicata, also from
Mexico, so they are very tough and drought tolerant.
They perform best in full sun and once established in
the bed; they exhibit drought tolerance and a rugged
late summer perseverance. This is particularly true when
a layer of mulch is added. However, if we have a
prolonged dry spell, supplemental irrigation would be
necessary. Please do not stick this stunning plant in
tight, compacted clay soil.
is the quintessential cottage garden flower and will
create a photo moment when combined with other
perennials like purple coneflowers, pink gaura, and
summer phlox. They will look stunning when paired with
gold or yellow plants like rudbeckia or gloriosa
daisies, lantanas, and Golden Lace patrinia for a
complementary color scheme.
more attribute, not only will the spiky blue flowers
rise up creating dazzling color and excitement, but you
will notice they will also be playing host to bees,
butterflies, and hummingbirds. You have to agree this is
an outstanding plant.