How to grow autumn sage

How to grow autumn sage

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Ken Lin of Waters Garden Center in Prescott, Arizona, participated in Plant of the Week last Friday. Here’s your breakdown on how to grow fall sage.

Ken Lane, Red Sage Radio, Plant of the Week, The Mountain Gardener, Watters Garden Center

The tallest flowering sage plant has a crimson red color that signals spring with continuous flowers broadcast through the fall. Hummingbirds and gardeners alike fall in love with these knee-length pants that deserve a prominent spot in the hottest parts of the garden. The kit is cut lightly for a low, informal hedge or a single specimen in borders or yard containers. Javelina is deer resistant.

Autumn sage is a wild native of the Southwest that grows in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. It is a small, deciduous shrub that grows up to 3 feet tall and wide. Its small, dark green leaves have a slightly sticky coating. The brightly flavored, 1-inch long flowers appear on 6-10 inch long spikes from spring through fall. Autumn Sage is available in a wide range of flower colors, including red, pink, fuchsia, purple, orange, yellow and white. Hot pink and flowering fuchsia varieties are the most heat tolerant.

Its compact size, rich green foliage, long flowering period, and attractive hummingbird flowers have made this small shrub a mainstay in the Southwest garden. Use autumn sage in container gardens, planters or as borders for landscape color.

Zoya life can be appreciated: Salvia gregii
Common names: Autumn sage, autumn sage, cherry sage, Gregg sage, chihuahuan red sage, Texas red sage
measuring: 3 x 3 ft
Flowers: Red, white, yellow, orange, salmon, fuchsia, purple, red-violet and burgundy
Flowering time: Spring until fall
Leaves: It is small in size, pale green in color, and has a delicate, aromatic scent
Growing area: 7-11
Flowers: The 1-inch flowers, with a distinct hump above their upper lip, and a wide lower lip with two right-angled lobes, are fragrant and edible.
problems: Resistant to damage from pests, diseases, and animals such as deer, elk, and javelina. In the summer, spit bugs have been sighted.
Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.


Autumn sage grows best when placed in full sun in mid-elevation areas of Arizona, including Tucson. Place it in light shade at low elevations. Autumn sage should be planted in well-drained soil. He is susceptible to spitting. This is controlled by spraying Watters multi-purpose insect spray on the affected areas.

How to grow autumn sage

Autumn sage does well in containers, borders or group plantings. The branches originate near the base of the plant, giving it a vase-shaped appearance. Small, 1-inch flowers from spring through fall. It is heat tolerant and requires little additional water after the plant is established. The red-flowered plant has historically been promoted, and varieties in different colors are now available. Salvia is adaptable to many garden soils and is attractive to both hummingbirds and butterflies.

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For your fall sage to thrive to its full potential, it needs about six hours a day of full sun.


The soil should be rich and well-drained for best blooms.


New plants will need water to grow, so make sure you water them adequately. A young plant with fewer leaves needs less water than a large, leafy plant in full bloom. During the summer, give sage a deep soak twice a week. This can be reduced to once a week in case of seasonal rains. You should water this plant twice a month in winter or when the soil is dry to the touch.


Growing autumn sage needs a lot of nutrients. Feed it with a 7-4-4 all-purpose food three times a year for stunning flowers. Spread this natural food like salt and pepper around the base of the plant every Easter, Fourth of July and Halloween for amazing results.

Autumn sage varieties

To get large, dazzling flowers, you should plant the following varieties:

Red Radio -The brightest red color among all the sages

Heat wave glimmer It is pure, fresh whiteness that sparkles in the gardens.

Flaming purple It is the newest purple color to hit the market

Red Formans It is the variety that started the Autumn Sage craze


Salvia prefers pruning in late winter and early spring before new leaves form. March is the ideal month for shaping and pruning this perennial woody shrub. Autumn sage benefits from mid-summer pruning and revitalizes the plant. Pruning in midsummer encourages a second flush of massive blooms.

Growing in containers

If you are planting autumn sage in a container, make sure you plant it in a container with adequate drainage holes. Fill the post with Watters Potting Soil and plant directly into this super growing medium.

How to plant autumn sage

This article was written by Ken Lin. He can be found throughout the week at Watters Garden Center, 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd in Prescott, or contact him through his website at or

Get more gardening tips from Watters Garden Center in the Mountain Gardener column on Signals A

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