Phlox (aka Blue Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage, Sapphire Sage)
Bloom Time - June until frost
Color - Blue
Foliage - Light green, fuzzy, aromatic
Size - 3-5 ft. tall with 2-3' spread.
Exposure - Full sun or partial shade
Culture - Moist but well-drained soil, will not tolerate soggy conditions. Plants can be trimmed back half-way about six weeks before fall bloom (late July or early August)
Comments - There are more varieties of salvia than you can shake a stick at and I love them all but if I could only choose one, this would be it. Salvia 'Black and Blue' is named for the color of the flowers - cobalt blue flowers that emerge from jet black calyces. These tubular flowers persist throughout the summer (plants can be sheared in mid-summer for fall bloom) and it is one of the top favorites of hummingbirds.
Although the flowers are the star attraction, the foliage itself is quite nice. Light green fuzzy leaves are strongly scented with a sage-like fragrance. This salvia is considered somewhat tender but it has overwintered in our garden since first planted. Mulch it heavily during the winter months and be sure you grow it in well-drained soil - wet feet will certainly kill it during the winter months. It will spread but not to the point of invasiveness. Share it and enjoy!
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