Red and Saucy Coral salvias colorfully show out
while bringing in butterflies and hummingbirds.
is nothing short of sensational for an annual salvia.
From late April through the heat of August a lot of
flowers have come and gone, but Saucy is still putting
on the wow factor.
is a series of Salvia splendens which originated in
Brazil. It comes in wine which is purple, red which is
lush and saturated in color, and my favorite, coral
because it is rare for this plant and offers a myriad of
salvias will reach about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Whether you choose foliage or flowers as their
companion, you can rest assured Saucy will simply make
it better. I guess it's like adding ‘sauce’ to your
possible that most gardeners have not considered
partnering annual salvias like Saucy with perennial
salvias like Golden Delicious pineapple sage, the Mysty
Blue salvia, or the supercharged Black and Bloom. If you
find yourself in this group, break the mold and discover
some of your most artistic garden creations.
preparation plays a critical role in your success with
Saucy salvias which, by the way, do have a chance for a
spring return in zones 9 and 10. The soil should be
fertile, organic-rich and very well drained. In almost
every instance they are most successful in raised beds
with a prepared landscape mix, an application of a
controlled release fertilizer, and a good layer of
mulch. The fertilizer is important, as it gives the
plants a quick jump start.
grown in large mixed containers have the best of all
worlds with their mixes, perfect drainage, and regular
feeding. Maintenance is minimal and should you cut them
back, they will quickly reward you with fresh new growth
am deliriously happy with the number of pollinators I
see hitting on the blooms. There is nothing quite like
going to a shopping center, or restaurant, where they
have a mixed container of flowers and hummingbirds and
butterflies are putting on a show.
course, the only thing that can compete with that is to
have your own blooms off your porch, patio or deck where
you can watch your backyard habitat with friends and
family while cooking steaks on the grill.
grandparents grew up with this species but none have
ever been like Saucy. In my area of Georgia, I probably
have 90 days before the first frost. This is a long time
that I have to freshen up a tired garden or mixed
container with some of these salvias. You may have the
same amount of days or even more.
not just make sure to keep in mind to add Saucy salvias
to you your list of must-have plants next spring. You’re
likely to find Saucy Red and Saucy Wine in the Southern
Living Plant Collection.