Salvia (Meadow Sage) 'Mainacht' (May Night) Item SL600
Perennial Plant of the Year 1997!
Salvia 'May Night' was chosen for it versatility in growing in many different regions of the US. One of the most commonly used salvias, it is covered in striking dark violet-blue flower spikes in May and June and remains upright and tidy throughout the season. 'May Night' is a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds and is also deer-resistant. It is an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. Freshly aromatic and low maintenance. Combine with brilliant yellows and whites for a bold display in the garden. Although reported to be drought tolerant once established, it does much better in a medium water-use environment with afternoon shade. Reblooms throughout the summer and early fall if dead-headed. Dead-head often to improve its appearance and flowering. Seedlings may appear in springtime. Excellent garden plant with showy purple spires. Thrives in fertile soil and will tolerate dry conditions. Useful in perennial border, rock garden or as an edging.
Size: #1 · Hardiness: Zones 3-10
Common: Meadow Sage · Exposure: Full Sun
Botanical: Salvia nemorosa 'Mainacht'
Height: 18-24" · Spacing: 15-18"
Bloomtime: May-June · Foliage: Green
Flower: Violet Purple
Pests: There are few pests or diseases to worry about.
Notes: This favorite was chosen as the 1997 Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association. Thrives best in well drained, evenly moist soil with full sun. A reliable, compact perennial useful in the border, rock garden, edging or natural plantings. It has a long blooming period with vibrant blue flowers, grows up to 18 inches tall and has a compact growth habit. The striking violet-blue flowers are very attractive when set against a light colored background. Salvias are a member of the Mint family and share the families' characteristics of square stems; simple, oval or lance-shaped leaves with toothed margins and whorls of flowers produced on spikes. Many gardeners are familiar with the annual bedding plant salvia or the culinary salvia, but it is definitely worth exploring some of the ornamental perenial species too.
Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.