A salvia that is not necessarily new but is lesser known is the Salvia farinacea series Evolution. Both the Evolution White and the Evolution Violet are propagated from seed. In the landscape, plant these varieties in a full to mostly sun location in a well-drained landscape bed 14 inches to 16 inches apart. Container growing is also an option. Plants of the white-flowering variety grow to 10-12 inches tall while the violet-blooming variety will grow to 14 inches tall. Flowers are abundant on the tight foliage canopy from late spring through first killing frost. Pollinators love these plants. When spring planted and growing in a well-drained bed, plants can be perennial after winters of only light frosts and freezes. Removing spent flowers by deadheading will keep plants blooming more prolifically. Lower growth, blooms spring through fall and compact habits make these two varieties super.
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