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K_Carter
Elk, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #8992844

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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EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #8993828

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

February 4, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #8994266

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
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 5, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #8995878

I did, and it said I am in 8A not 7 anymore.
K_Carter
Elk, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 5, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #8995962

That many more Salvias you can grow!
Rich_dufresne
Candor, NC

February 6, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #8997251

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.
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 8, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #8999786

That's interesting ,, let us know how it works.
k.c. yes more salvias the better!!!!
K_Carter
Elk, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2012
7:55 PM

Post #8999871

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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