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Bumbleblue Sage

Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue'

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Bumbleblue Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue') at Minor's Garden Center

Bumbleblue Sage flowers

Bumbleblue Sage flowers

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Bumbleblue Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue') at Minor's Garden Center

Bumbleblue Sage in bloom

Bumbleblue Sage in bloom

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Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Perennial Salvia, Garden Sage

Group/Class:  Bumble Series

Brand:  Walters Gardens

Description:

A nice, bushy variety with stunning spikes of long lasting blue flowers with burgundy calyxes, over a petite mound of green foliage; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers

Ornamental Features

Bumbleblue Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of blue flowers with burgundy calyces rising above the foliage in early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bumbleblue Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bumbleblue Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bumbleblue Sage will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bumbleblue Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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#1 Cont. $15.99

 
 
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