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Bee's Bliss Sage

Salvia 'Bee's Bliss'

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Bee's Bliss Sage (Salvia 'Bee's Bliss') at Roger's Gardens

Bee's Bliss Sage foliage

Bee's Bliss Sage foliage

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Bee's Bliss Sage (Salvia 'Bee's Bliss') at Roger's Gardens

Bee's Bliss Sage

Bee's Bliss Sage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Creeping Sage

Description:

An attractive low variety with a wide, spreading habit, producing striking spikes of lavender flowers; excellent as groundcover on slopes, or draping over rocks and walls

Ornamental Features

Bee's Bliss Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose narrow leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color with curious silver undersides the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bee's Bliss Sage is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bee's Bliss Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bee's Bliss Sage will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 5 feet apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bee's Bliss Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features