DESCRIPTION: A very floriferous variety with stunning spikes of long lasting blue flowers in summer; deadheading encourages re-blooming; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia...
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DESCRIPTION: A very floriferous variety with stunning spikes of long lasting blue flowers in summer; deadheading encourages re-blooming; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers

BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Deep'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 40 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Deep violet-blue
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Bluish-green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Dry to moist - Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Birds & Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Leaves, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Sensation Deep Blue Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of blue flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant oval leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Sensation Deep Blue Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sensation Deep Blue Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sensation Deep Blue Sage will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sensation Deep Blue Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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