We discovered this plant just a few years ago, salvia greggii.
We bought one at a plant sale, a red one, having never seen it before. The flowers are small, not really showy. It was planted out on the slope, near some caryopteris ‘Worchester Gold’
. The splash of red with the yellow leaves and blue flowers of the caryopteris really caught the eye while looking up the hill from the house. It bloomed all season, ending with the hard frost in November. To our delight, it returned the next year and was bigger and better than before. We bought more, whenever we saw one for sale. They now line the upper and lower terraces of the slope behind the house. A few are scattered in other parts of the garden as well. They respond well to a good haircut after all frost danger is past to remove any damaged stems. We don’t prune them again until the next year, although maybe we should, for they get a little straggly. But we like the way the stragglers weave into their surroundings. Trying to take photos for a picture show has proved daunting. The flowers are difficult to capture for some reason. It has been decided to show the full frontal shot, and the close up, for comparison.
Shown above, S.
Rose Queen’, the uncropped shot with the pond, maple, some dianthus and a few pansies in the background. I always like a blend of gauzy color as a background.
The close up cropped shot of the same photo as above. Out of focus, not as good a candidate for posting as the full frontal.
With the penstemon ‘Husker Red’, this one is a more pinky colored salvia. Some sedum and an evening primrose to the right are its neighbors, along with some dying daffodil foliage.
Water from the hose, not rain unfortunately, enhances the cropped shot. This one looks better than the full frontal.
The shed, dianthus and cerastium look appealing as background to S. ‘Hot Lips’.
She looks pretty kissable in the cropped shot too.
A nice dark red with some hellebores and pansies behind.
The close up shows the fuzziness of the top part of the flower along with the curlique.
Cerastium, red dianthus and hellebore foliage back this S. ‘Navaho Purple’.
The cropped close up is awful.
More dianthus, salvia ‘Caradonna’, the dark purple to the right and the concrete swan planter are the backups here.
The close up of the porous concrete makes this shot worthwhile.
Not much going on here, the ferny nigella foliage to the right looks nice.
Hot Lips are the stars here.
Not a salvia, but a good example of full frontal versus cropped. The stony path makes a perfect backdrop for the dianthus ‘Frosty Fire’
. The scattered small weeds even look good. Very rugged looking.
Not sure, but the full frontal Frosty Fire had more going for it with the rocky top ground in evidence. What is your opinion?
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