2014 (Wed. Team):
There are nearly 1000 different species of this lovely plant, including woody shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. See team notes for more information on salvias in general and on their culinary and medicinal uses.
Our garden features more than 25 salvia species. One stunning but tender species, Salvia discolor, has velvety black flowers and can be found in the Southern Hemisphere garden in the warm summer months. The black-stemmed S. guarantica 'Black and Blue' has bright blue flowers, as does the tender S. patens. In the Fusion Garden can be found S. greggii 'Wild Thing' and S. 'Wendy's Wish' which has also been planted in the Wedding Bed, as has the deep-red S. 'Maraschino'. S. farinacea 'Victoria Blue' is planted in the long perennial border for its tall blue flower spikes; nearby is the velvety-leafed S. argentea 'Artemis', prized for its fat silvery leaves. Also known for its splashy foliage, S. officianalis 'Tricolor' has been planted in the summer containers on the Plaza. Nearby in the summer Fragrance Garden is found the scented-leaf pineapple sage, S. elegans.