Evolution Salvia

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The Lavender plant-like purple blooms, the Evolution Salvia (Salvia farinacea 'Evolution') makes a striking impact on your garden beds and borders from summer until autumn! Evolution attracts butterflies, bees, and jeweled Hummingbirds with its intense and rich purple flowering spires.

This is far and away the best Mealycup Sage ever grown, and it deserves a big planting in your sunniest garden spot! A type of Perennial Sage, also known as Meadow Sage, these Salvia are really a whole new generation for Salvia, with richer blooms, better branching, more compact plants, superb weather resistance, and an extra-long season of bloom!

Every bloom stalk on these sturdy little plants is packed with deep violet-purple blooms, far brighter and less prone to fading than older varieties! The blooming begins in early to mid-summer and keeps going right into fall, extending your season of color in the Sage garden by several weeks. What a low-maintenance plant! Standing up to the sun, heat, and humidity throughout USDA planting zones from 9 to 11! These Autumn Sage are astounding annual accents in zones 3 to 8!

Planting and Application:

Evolution Salvia are lovely specimens that light up the Cottage garden border as edging or bold groupings that show off in grand form! Those hot, sun-parched stretches along the road, in Rock Gardens, and the fronts of sunny walkways, sidewalks, and your driveway, while looking great doing it!

Especially expressive and high-impact when planted in masses in your landscape! You'll get a low-maintenance bank of color when you plant them 8-10 inches apart on center for a fast fill. Either as a solid single species drift, or mixed and matched with other Salvia and sun-loving perennials.

Small and space-saving enough for even courtyards, container gardens, and balcony gardeners to enjoy! A lovely upright thriller and filler, your sunny seating areas, patios, porches, and poolside planters will shine in the sun!

  • Bright Magenta-Pink Blooms on Dark Stems
  • Spring Until Frost Flowers!
  • Fine Textured Minty Aromatic Foliage & Upright Clumps
  • Evergreen in Warm Frost-Free Growing Zones
  • Gorgeous Container Specimens, Borders & Edging & Taller Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy to grow, these tough herbaceous perennials are highly drought tolerant once established. Plant in the full sun, the soft purple flowers are defiant in the sun, humidity, and heat. Plant in any well-drained soil, growing equally well in moderately fertile soils and with average moisture found in the home garden setting, Sage will only do poorly in soggy, wet ground. Apply a three-inch thick layer over the root system to support your plants.

Deadhead to keep the flowers returning throughout the entire growing season, and prune these perennials back in winter to give your plant a clean, finished look if you are in the warmer growing zones where Sages can be evergreen. Divide your plants every 3-5 years to maintain their growing vigor. Otherwise, there's little else in the way of maintenance Sages require. This perennial puts up with bad weather from heat and humidity to drought and unseasonable cold. It's unstoppable!

  • Humidity & Heat Tolerant - Full Sun Perennials
  • Easy Care In Well-Drained Soils
  • Drought Resistant Once Established
  • Deadhead For Return Blooms & Prune Early Spring
  • Incredibly Adaptable & Deer Resistant

Violet-purple blooms summer through fall, the Evolution Perennial Salvia is the next generation of heat-hardy warm-climate ornamental Sage that will thrive in southwestern and western gardens and landscapes! Order now from NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
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
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Evolution Salvia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11
Growing Zones 9-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia 'Evolution'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 16 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes