from the desk of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener
August Gardening Tip
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) is a favorite perennial because the plants are available in beautiful flower colors, are disease and pest resistant and they tolerate our heat and humidity well. However, Autumn Sage plants have a tendency to become woody and misshapen and lose their allure.To keep your plants looking their best, prune them by one third in mid-August and give them a sip of fertilizer. Yes, you will trim off the flowers, but the plant will quickly reward you with a new flush of flowers that will continue into the fall. Mark your calendar to once again prune the plants in mid-February; this time to 6” from the ground. This twice a year pruning will keep the plant looking its best with soft, green foliage and generous flowering.