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There are hundreds of different types of salvias, commonly called sage, but they all tend to share beautiful, tall flower spikes and attractive, often gray-green leaves. Countless sages (including the herb used in cooking) are available to decorate ornamental gardens, and new selections appear annually. They are valued for their very long season of bloom, right up until frost. Not all not hardy in cold climates, but they are easy to grow as annuals. On square stems, clothed with often-aromatic leaves, sages carry dense or loose spires of tubular flowers in bright blues, violets, yellow, pinks, and red that mix well with other perennials in beds and borders. Provide full sun or very light shade, in well-drained average soil.
The bright yellow daisy flowers of golden Marguerite make a fine contrast with blue hybrid sage in color and form in sunny gardens.Shasta daisy
In sunny borders, the sparkling white daisies of 'Alaska' combine well with mealy cup sage.Daylily
Blooming at the same time, daylily trumpet flowers and strap-shaped foliage play off well against blue hybrid sage.Aster
In fall, New England asters provide an interesting combination with Mexican bush sage. They enjoy similar conditions.