Additional Outstanding Perennial Sages

Additional Outstanding Perennial Sages
East Friesland and May Night perennial sages are two top performing varieties for the home landscape.

East Friesland perennial sage

This plant received the award of garden merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It was rated one of the top ten perennials of all times. This plant was raised from seed, so the seedlings can be just slightly variable.

East Friesland sage tolerates tough conditions. It can withstand poor soils, drought, heat, and humidity. In fact, this is as tough as nails.

This sage is 1½ to two feet in height with a spread of 1 ½ feet. The narrow vertical plant feature slender stems.

The mounded, robust plant is recommended for borders, cutting gardens, pollinator gardens, and containers. The sturdy stems generally require no staking, although this can depend on the site.

East Friesland sage is more tolerant of heat than the species plant. Easy to grow, it adapts to most areas. This plant does well in sun and part shade in zones three through eight.

The medium green basal leaves are narrow and wrinkled. This plant is spectacular when it is flowering. It is covered with blooms from late spring through mid-summer. Then, later it reblooms into the fall.

East Friesland sage needs no dead heading since it doesn’t bear seeds. The very free flowering plant is crowded with dense flower spikes that are held above the foliage.

The flowers can be purple with red-tinted bracts, or violet-purple. The contrasting bracts can be red-tinted, purplish-pink, or pink to purple.

May Night perennial sage

May Night perennial sage May Night sage was introduced in Europe and was chosen as Plant of the Year. Later, in America, it was named the Perennial of the Year for 1997 by the Perennial Plant Association.

This perennial is suited to zones three through eight. It is a very popular plant. This forms an attractive, compact, upright clump.

The plant is believed to be a hybrid. It was once thought to be a mutation of Mainacht sage, but is now considered to be a dwarf selection of Mainacht sage.

May Night sage is recommended for low beds and borders and as cut flowers. It is also ideal for containers and pollinator gardens. This plant is considered a garden classic.

The deer-proof plant can withstand drought. It prefers a sunny to partly shaded location in a well drained spot. The plant is free of disease and pest problems.

The medium green to greenish-gray leaves are scented and have a rich texture. The tall, neat looking plant is 1½ to two feet tall with a spread of a foot or so. A spacing of 1½ feet is suggested.

The plant has attractive stems with pinkish-purple blooms with matching bracts. Flowering takes place from late spring to fall. Deadheading will ensure that the plant stays in full bloom.

The stiff flower spikes are two feet or more in height These flowers are much larger than that of most perennial sages. This has the darkest blue blooms of all the perennial sages.

They are purple-violet to indigo blue to dark blue-violet. They’re particularly long lasting.

In addition, the contrasting calyxes add color as well, a showy red-violet. When this plant is in bloom, it is guaranteed to be a show stopper. The best method of propagating this plant is by division.

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