SPEARS OF INDIGO BLUE BLOSSOMS
- Tall spikes of bright blue flowers bloom in spring to summer
- Soft gray-green foliage highlights the vibrant colors of the flowers
- Stunning in mixed borders, patio containers and in cut flower arrangements
- With its low compact habit and tolerance of heavy clay soils, May Night makes an excellent addition to any sunny garden
- The butterflies, hummingbirds and bees will all approve when you plant May Night in your garden
- Named Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association in 1997
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 1.5-2' tall
- Mature Width: 1-1.5' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-1.5' apart
Why plant May Night Wood Sage?
So easy, yet so satisfying! May Night Salvia is a cinch to grow, and it will reward a modicum of care with months of beautiful blue blooms. This largely self-sufficient Spirit gets by happily on little supplemental water once it’s established. Spikes of intense cobalt-blue flowers begin in May (hence the name), often continuing throughout the entire growing season—especially if spent flower spikes are removed. May Night looks fabulous planted in drifts, and it’s a wonderful companion to Roses. Its soothing blue color complements their warm red, pink, orange, peach, or yellow tones.
This species of Salvia, or Meadow Sage, is a wildflower that ranges from eastern Europe to western Siberia; it favors cool-summer climates. Meadow Sage grows most abundantly in sunny, dry meadows and forest edges in its homelands. Deer and other browsers avoid it because of the pungent smell of its leaves when crushed; it’s a member of the fragrant Mint family and is long-lived. May Night Meadow Sage is a classic. It originated in 1956 in Germany at the nursery of the famous plantsman, Karl Foerster, who is best known for Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass. You may also find it under its German name, ‘Mainacht’.
How to use May Night Wood Sage in the landscape?
Each year since 1991, the Perennial Plant Association chooses one Spirit as its “Perennial Plant of the Year.” Winners must be attractive in multiple seasons, adaptable, low-maintenance, and resistant to pests and diseases. May Night Salvia took the honors in 1997.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
How To Plant May Night Wood Sage
Give May Night Salvia a position in all-day sun for maximum flower power. The soil should be free-draining and lean. Rich soil encourages floppy growth. Water regularly during establishment; less moisture will be needed in succeeding years. Deadhead (prune out spent flower spikes) to keep plants looking thrifty and to encourage new flower buds to form. Plants will often bloom until frost. Cut back old stems and foliage before new growth resumes in spring. May Night Salvia rarely needs dividing and may be left in place for many years.
How To Water
May Night Wood Sage will become drought tolerant once established, but a moderate amount of water must be supplied to your young Wood Sage.
How To Fertilize
May Night Wood Sage requires little to no fertilizer— they do perfectly fine on their own! If you choose to feed these guys it should take place after the blooming season is over. We recommend using our Elements Starter Plant Food for that extra boost your plant might need.
How To Prune
Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.
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