‘victoria’ mealycup sage salvia farinaceaWhat could be better in a summer border than a lush mass of blue flowers? ‘Victoria’ is one of the best sages for massing, and the flowers and foliage are more dense than many other species. Besides, it’s easy to start from seed, or you can pick it up by the flat at almost any garden center.
If you keep ‘Victoria’ moist and well fed, it’ll bloom happily even without any deadheading. But it’s a good idea to remove the spent flower spikes to keep the plant looking neater. As the summer progresses, it gets bigger and better. And, if you live where ‘Victoria’ is not hardy, it’ll be one of the last annuals to be knocked down by frost.
HABIT Upright, well-branched SIZE 24 in. tall and 10 in. wide BLOOM Summer into autumn LIGHT Full sun SOIL Moist, well-drained PESTS None serious HARDINESS Cold: USDA zones 8 to 11; Heat: AHS zones 12 to 1