Growing Anise Sage in Flowerbeds and Gardens

Anise sage (Salvia guaranitica) is a plant that has a profusion of beautiful dark blue flowers that are rather tube shaped and can be over an inch long. The plant tends to be bushy and in good conditions it can grow up to five feet tall, though it can be trimmed to a shorter height. Although it is related to garden sage (Salvia officinalis), which is used to flavor foods, anise sage is normally grown as an ornamental. When the leaves are bruised, they have a mild anise scent. The flowers also carry the anise aroma. This species of salvia is native to tropical South America, including much of Brazil. It is sometimes called hummingbird sage or blue sage. Although the plant is a perennial, in most places in the north it is grown as an annual because it isn’t cold hardy. It is, however, highly attractive to hummingbirds, honey bees and butterflies. This plant like full sunshine, though it will tolerate a small amount of shade. It will grow in most soils that drain well and the plant also grows well in regular potting soil, in pots. It grows in soil that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. The plant is quite tolerant of heat as long as it gets enough water; roughly one to two inches of water per week during the heat of summer, so that the soil is moistened well during growing season. If the plants are in pots, they may require more water than this, Continue Reading →


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Planting Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

Although some hummingbirds have been transplanted in other countries, they originated in the Americas and that is still where most live. These tiny little birds are a joy to watch. They can fly in any direction or hover in place, usually in front of a hummingbird feeder or some flowers that have nectar that they can eat. There are many flowers that attract hummingbirds, and even if there aren’t any of the little birds where you live, the flowers usually attract butterflies, too. In the US, there are hummingbirds in every state. They are also found in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Even if you have hummingbird feeders, it is great to plant the flowers that attract them, especially since the flowers are quite beautiful. Columbine Columbine is a very beautiful flower, with cultivars that are red, pink, purple, blue and other colors, including two-tone. This is a perennial and it is also self seeding. The plants grow to almost two feet tall and they are hardy to zone 3. The Generic name for columbine is Aquilegia. Anise Sage Anise sage (Salvia guaranitica) plants have stunning dark blue flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies love. In fact, the plant is sometimes even called hummingbird sage. This is also a perennial except where it gets very cold in the winter, where it can still be grown as an annual. This plant gets its common name from a slight anise aroma and it is one that blooms from the middle of the Continue Reading →


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