at Digging Dog
Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.
Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.
Discovered amongst a patch of Salvia hians by acclaimed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, this distinctive 2009 introduction premiers 2 ft tall branching spires with standout bicolored flowers swaying above a large bushy basal rosette. Handsome 7 in. long lusty green leaves ground the sturdy upright stalks, which house copious whorled blooms, each with a blue-violet upper calyx, white lower lip and prominent long blue-tipped niveous stigma. A hummingbird darling for the border or cottage garden, ‘Madeline’s undemanding verve prospers in sunny free draining nooks, while her early summer blossoms are long lasting, either outside or in a vase. (PP#20,456)
Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Salvia ‘Madeline’ (P-1950)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2018
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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410