Selecting perennial flowers can be one of the most difficult aspects of planting flower borders or landscapes. Carefully taking the needs and requirements of the plants into consideration will help to ensure that these plantings are quick to establish themselves, and will look great throughout the growing season.
The autumn sage plant is a perennial that has gained popularity. Not only is this plant versatile, but it offers growers a season filled with flower blooms.
What is Autumn Sage?
Autumn sage plant, or Salvia greggii, is a native
perennial plant to regions of Mexico, New Mexico, and southern Texas. Reaching
roughly 3 feet (1 meter) in both height and width at maturity, these native
plants are ideal candidates for wildflower gardens and for use in conventional flower gardens.
Though red cultivars are most common, autumn sage flowers
can be found in a wide range of colors. Beyond their blooms, autumn sage plants
also feature uniquely fragrant foliage which can be easily maintained through
How to Plant Autumn Sage
When choosing to grow autumn sage, gardeners will first need
to locate transplants. While it is possible to grow this plant from seed,
cuttings or transplants will produce a plant that is true to type. Purchasing
plants from a reputable retailer will ensure that the plants are healthy and
Choose a well-draining location that receives full sun. Like
most types of salvia, autumn sage plants will not do well in plantings with
excess moisture. This makes them ideal candidates for container plantings, xeriscape yards, or those living in drier climates.
Temperature will also be key in success when growing these
plants. Though hardiness of the plants will vary by cultivar, autumn sage is
generally hardy to about 15 F. (-9 C.). Temperatures colder than this may
result in damage, or complete loss of the plants.
After selecting a site, simply dig a hole twice as wide and
twice as deep as the root ball of the plant. Place it into the planting hole
and gently fill the soil back into it. After planting, water the autumn sage
plants consistently until they have become established.
Once established, autumn sage care is minimal. In most
growing regions, irrigation is not required, as rainfall is often adequate.
There may be exceptions to this, however, such as with instances of drought.
Autumn sage plants are also quite adaptable in terms of
their ability to thrive in less than ideal soil conditions. With occasional
fertilization and irrigation, growers will be rewarded with prolific flower