Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is It Me or Are These Plants Leaning?

I don't always buy this plant for the garden.  Every time I do though I think I need to buy this plant more often!  Its common name is the Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha).  It is definitely an annual for us!  The blooms have this velvet feel.  Sometimes it doesn't get to bloom because we have an early frost.  It is a bonus this year, but it is leaning because it is in the shade of the chestnut tree most of the day and it really wants and needs full sun!  Note to self to plant out in the front garden between the daylilies.  I planted three like the experts say and it does make a statement, but Tony Avant from Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina in a talk said that a drift of one is acceptable also!  He has a great nursery and is a very good and funny speaker.  Their catalog covers are a hoot!  You can send 10 stamps or a box of chocolates to get a catalog.  As Tony says, 'They prefer getting chocolates!" Would like to get there some day.  Here is a closeup of the flower.


Tufa Girl said...

Nice to see one of our reliable salvias so far north and doing so well in your garden. I loved the link to Plant Delights - and all the Salvias they have to offer.

lemonverbenalady said...

It is really a cool website, Cindy. Thanks for stopping by!