East Friesland Salvia

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Roses are red, violets are blue, the only thing missing in your garden is purple, it's true! And, well, even if it isn't true, we promise you'll want to add some more after taking a look at the lovely East Friesland Salvia (Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland')!

Picture this, a delightfully rounded, almost bush-like, compact mound of lance-shaped light green leaves that will return year after year! This full herbal-scented foliage is the backdrop for the stunning spikes of deep purple that appear in profusion throughout the summer and stay until fall!

Just like the growing habit of the leaves, East Friesland Salvia, also known as Meadow Sage, grows its delightfully tall purple spikes in abundance! You'll be amazed by the sheer amount of flowers this tough little perennial will produce.

It's a good thing too because those every single one of those flowers will be visited by butterflies and other pollinators. Hummingbirds are known to seek these flowers out for a quick snack. Make sure to keep an eye out for them!

Of course, even when you aren't marveling at East Friesland Salvia's beauty or the various colorful winged pollinators whizzing by, you'll be charmed by its delectable fragrance! Bring some of the flowers with aromatic leaves inside and add them to floral arrangements, that way you can fill your home with its aromatic scent.

Planting and Application:

It would almost be easier to list the ways East Friesland Salvia couldn't be used in the landscape, that's how versatile this purple gem is! But just for kicks, we'll try our best to go over the many ways.

This Purple Salvia would go very nicely in a perennial garden as an accent plant! The addition of purple spikes of flowers will make the yellows, reds, and pinks stand out that much more! They mix with other sun-garden perennials beautifully and look as at home with humble wildflowers and ornamental grass, as they do with haughty Roses and formally trimmed evergreens!

Since this pretty perennial keeps itself lower to the ground in a compact mounded form, it's perfect for border plantings. Either plant along the edges of walkways, driveways, or the fronts of flower beds by itself or add it to a mix of colors, such as pairing with blue, pink, or white Salvias, for a stunning ribbon of color!

These look wonderful and stand out beautifully when planted by themselves or you could plant a whole bunch of them together in odd-numbered groupings. These are easy-care, Xeric, and low-maintenance enough for an incredible mass planting unlike any other! Oh, to stroll through a garden full of East Friesland Salvia!

East Friesland Perennial Sage would also be a great addition to your Pollinator or native garden! It'll help attract those fluttering friends to your garden, without drawing the attention of curious and hungry deer as this plant is quite deer-resistant because of those aromatic leaves. So go ahead and plant a drift of purple throughout that out-of-the-way location in the back of your property or on a hard-to-mow hillside!

Pair with a red Rose bush or some yellow Coneflowers for a pretty combination of contrasting colors that will make even the most experienced gardeners jealous! Play it up in Rock Gardens, Cottage borders, or even in mixed planters and patio pots! The choice is yours with this space-saving little perennial!

Take your pollinator garden, or your front yard walkways to the next level by adding East Friesland Salvia. Its unique purple spikes are sure to charm all who lay eyes on it!

  • Unique Deep Purple Flower Spikes
  • Seedless Sterile Flowers
  • Blooms & Reblooms Summer til Autumn
  • Aromatic Light Green Foliage
  • Attracts Butterflies & Hummingbirds
  • Great for Border Planting, Edging, Containers, Specimens & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

East Friesland, like most Perennial Salvia, appreciates being situated in full sun and well-drained soils. Once established, this plant is drought tolerant and can handle being on the dry side. That being said, keeping this plant well watered though is a great way to ensure East Friesland Salvia will rebloom for you throughout the summer! It may require a bit more water during those, particularly hot summer days to keep the blooms returning.

While this plant is known for its long-lasting blooms in the summer, some spikes may start to droop. This is particularly common in humid climates. Should you encounter this problem, simply cut the flower spikes back to the foliage. With regular deadheading as the flowers fade, youll encourage wave after wave of bloom until frost!

Salvia care is easy and perfect for those who prefer gardening that requires next to no maintenance. If you'd like, you can prune back the plant in late winter for the best growth, or you can truly "plant it and forget it". These clumping herbaceous perennials appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to keep them growing vigorously.

Adding a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around the base of your plants is a great way to control their moisture during the hot and dry months, as well as insulate the roots from the chill and protect the crowns in the winter. Not to mention it'll keep some of the weeds away!

If you're looking for a unique and low-maintenance perennial, East Friesland Salvia is your plant. It'll give you nonstop flowers all summer long and you won't have to worry about it spreading out of control as this specimen is sterile! It is still recommended that you deadhead them regularly, that way new, fresh flowers appear quickly to take their place, flowering until frost in many regions!

  • Easy to Care For In Full Sun
  • Any Soil Type With Good Drainage
  • Moderate Moisture Needs - Low Once Established
  • Appreciates Spring Fertilizer, Mulched Beds & Regular Deadheading
  • Prune Back Mounds Late Winter or Very Early Spring
  • Divide Every 3-5 Years
  • Pest & Deer Resistant

Adding more than one East Friesland Salvia to your garden is a surefire way to grab the attention of pollinators, and perhaps curious neighbors! Order today from our expert growers here at Nature Hills Nursery!

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4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
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6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
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5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
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Size Volume
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#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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East Friesland Salvia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Dark Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes