Wild Watermelon sage
Botanical name: Salvia greggii 'Wild Watermelon'
About the plant: A hardy perennial, Autumn sage is found growing from Texas south to Mexico. This heat lover grows 3 to 4' tall and offers shocking hot pink flowers from June to November.
Use in the garden: Plant it in masses or as an accent in the herb garden or perennial border. Colorful companions include Geranium 'Rozanne' with purple flowers, Coreopsis with yellow blooms or the soft white flowers of Calamintha nepatoides 'White Cloud.'
Planting and Care: Plant this salvia in a well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Cut back plants to control the height and encourage a second flush of flowers.
5727 Cleveland Hwy., Clermont, GA 30527
Ashe-Simpson Nursery- for Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'
4961 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30341
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