Just starting to bloom for us

Elk, CA(Zone 9a)

Salvia dorisiana, IMHO the best smelling Sage. Reminds me of JuicyFruit chewing gum, ripe apricots and Hawaian Punch (all childhood memories).

Winter leaving soon for us, as signaled by this flower.

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Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

mmmmm, I can smell it all the way to Georgia,,lol

Candor, NC

Mmm. apricots. We can do peaches here in North Carolina, but not apricots. At least not yet, anyway. Has anyone downloaded the latest USDA Hardiness Zone map?

I've called Salvia dorisiana peach-scented sage. Part of the essential oil is methyl perillate

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf60199a051

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

I did, and it said I am in 8A not 7 anymore.

Elk, CA(Zone 9a)

That many more Salvias you can grow!

Candor, NC

If I can get some small raised beds going, I will be testing S. stolonifera as well as the recently proven hardy S. lineata and S. clinopodioidres in beds, mixed in with a fairly generous amount of pellets of expanded slate, both to deter pine voles and to provide aeration that many tuberous sages seem to need.

The bigger you get your plants, the sooner they will bloom.. There is a technique I want to try for really tender sages. If I have a raised bed, about 2 to 6 feet wide, I plan to bag shredded leaves, not just in 30 gallon bags, but in smaller ones as well. I'll put the big bags around the perimeter, and the smaller ones in between and amongst the plants, then cover with more bags. Someone in Minneapolis - St Paul metro area did this, and kept USDA zone 7 plants alive in his zone 5 garden.

Lizella, GA(Zone 8a)

That's interesting ,, let us know how it works.
k.c. yes more salvias the better!!!!

Elk, CA(Zone 9a)

We use either large perlite (in small pots) or lava rock (in large pots) to get the degree of drainage required for these types. Works well.

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