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09/16/2013

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Enid Adams

Hey Karen, you instilled a love of salvias and hyssops in many of us from Windy Hill days. Lucky you to have agastache rupestris coming back! One of the summer series made it through winter and early spring but then was gone. I now have to decide whether to plant these 3 salvia black & blues in the ground, or in pots, to try to winter over. Good drainage seems to be key, but do they need SOME water when they are dormant? I'm guessing s. Mexicana Limelight is totally tropical and wondered if I might winter the pot over in the cellar where it never freezes but is dark. Sage advice? Enid

Karen

You know Enid, Salvia 'Limelight' is special on so many levels, if it doesn't freeze before it flowers. I don't think it will winter over even in a micro-climate. You have nothing to lose by putting it in the cellar, so go for it, but consider cuttings if you have stems that will give you that. As for the Salvia 'Black and Blue', with 3 you can try 1 outside (in a good spot), and 1 in the cellar and 1 inside. I am going to cut it back by half next year because it grew way too large this summer. The hummingbirds loved it!

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