Sagebrush attracts pollinators and thrives during the heat of summer – Oxford Eagle

Sagebrush attracts pollinators and thrives during the heat of summer – Oxford Eagle

Sage attracts pollinators and thrives during the heat of summer

Published at 1:35pm Monday, September 25, 2023

By Eddie Smith
Michigan State University Extension Service

This summer has been exceptionally hot, and during a recent visit with my friend Katherine, I couldn't help but admire the vibrant purple and blue sage plants thriving in her garden despite the scorching temperatures.

The Rockin' Playin' the Blues salvia was really showing, and I have to say it has become one of my favorite salvias. The stunning blue-purple flowers are truly a sight to behold, and are ideal for mass plantings, containers and cut flowers.

The great thing about this plant is that it is sterile, which means it will continue to flower all season without expending energy on setting seed. I have also noticed that as the flowers age, the sepals remain a beautiful silvery-purple blue colour, giving the impression that the entire flower stalk is still in bloom.

Another benefit of Rockin' Playin' the Blues salvia is its ability to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Katherine's plant was full of all kinds of pollinators.

Rockin' Blue Suede boots were also making an appearance in her garden. It also attracts pollinators, and like its counterpart Rockin' Playin' the Blues, Blue Suede Shoes is a gorgeous plant with stunning blue-purple flowers that bloom profusely in summer.

It is a hardy perennial that thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is easy to care for and adds a pop of color to the garden.

I've always been a huge fan of Elvis Presley's famous song, “Blue Suede Shoes,” a classic that always makes me want to dance.

Because of their names, Catherine used both the Rockin' Playin' the Blues and Rockin' Blue Suede Shoes next to a bust of Elvis Presley. They're rocking and rolling in her garden!

Another salvia that is popping up in Catherine's garden right now is the Indigo Spiers Salvia. This gorgeous perennial blooms from mid-summer to fall. It's a relatively low-maintenance plant that doesn't require a lot of attention, which makes it perfect for someone like me who doesn't have a lot of time to care for plants.

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds can't resist the vibrant blue-purple flowers of Indigo Spiers Salvia. Using this sage is a great way to support our pollinator friends and add some color to your garden at the same time.

The other great thing about this plant is that it is drought tolerant once established. This makes it a great choice for those of us in areas with hot, dry summers. This also means that you won't have to worry about constantly watering it.

I highly recommend any of these sage if you are looking for a low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly addition to your garden. Beautiful and easy to care for, it will bring happiness to you and visitors to your garden.

Just like Elvis, this sage will be swinging in the garden all summer and into fall.

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