If you're looking for ways to add bright color to your landscape, salvia can't be beat. Also known as sage, salvia comes in a variety of colors including blue, lavender, red, pink and white, and are known for their fragrant foliage. There is an amazing diversity of varieties, each one with its own level of hardiness but they all have one thing in common--they are gorgeous! Most forms of salvia can be counted on to produce tall spikes or an abundance of nectar-rich blooms favored by butterflies and hummingbirds. They thrive in hot weather and are relatively drought and disease resistant. Heights vary by variety, but most grow between 18 and 36 inches tall. Salvia is deer resistant
Plant salvia in a location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day, although a handful of varieties are shade tolerant. These easy-care perennials aren't too fussy about soil type, but prefer a rich, well-drained location. Some varieties will re-bloom if you shear them back after the flowers fade.