|Salvia argentea foliage last summer|
|Salvia argentea in bloom now with Salvia sclarea 'Piemont' in front and Papaver 'Lauren's Grape'|
I planted three of these salvias, which I got from Bainbridge Gardens, one of our local retail nurseries. I have noticed Salvia argentea is widely available this year in local nurseries. Two of the three plants were on the most sloping part of the bed, while the third was on a less sloped area. Interestingly, the plants on the greatest slope did the best over the winter, even though all of them survived. The moral of this story is that if you want these plants to live over the winter in this climate, remember drainage, drainage, drainage!
I have read that many people grow these plants as annuals because the foliage is so great that it doesn't matter if they ever bloom. Indeed, I have seen it recommended that you cut off the flower spikes as they come up to maintain the foliage and to prevent them from blooming. This, it is said, will keep them living longer. I have never tried this so don't know if it works.
Of all the furry grey leaved plants I have grown over the years, I must say that Salvia argentea has the most furry tactile leaves of all. Just remember, if you want to grow it, give it good drainage, full sun, and do not let it get overshadowed by other plants.