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Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia

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Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia

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Introducing the Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia, a stunning addition to any garden with its remarkable indigo blue flowers. This Salvia hybrid stands out with the darkest color in its collection, featuring vibrant blooms held in dark calyxes atop a bushy, vigorous mound of foliage. Not only is it a visual masterpiece, but it also brings a sensory delight with its fragrant flowers and foliage, enhancing any outdoor space with its aromatic presence.

The 'Indiglo Girl' is hardy in zones 3 through 8, making it a versatile plant that can thrive in a wide range of climates. Its robust nature allows it to withstand the extreme minimum temperatures these zones can experience, ensuring that it remains a perennial favorite in your garden. With a mature size of 20 to 22 inches in both height and spread, it forms a medium-sized, clump-forming habit that is perfect as a filler in containers or as a striking stand-alone in any landscape.

Beyond its beauty, this perennial Salvia is a magnet for wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, creating a buzzing, vibrant garden ecosystem. Moreover, it's resistant to deer and rabbits, ensuring that its allure remains for you and the intended wildlife visitors. The plant requires full sun to thrive, needing at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, and is relatively easy to maintain, requiring average moisture and soil fertility. It is adaptable to a range of soil pH, from acidic to alkaline to neutral, making it a flexible choice for various garden settings.

Plant Attributes

The Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia boasts a rich tapestry of attributes that make it an exceptional choice for gardeners and landscapers alike. Characterized by its medium height, this perennial reaches a garden height of 20 to 22 inches, with a similar spread of 20 to 22 inches, creating a well-balanced and bushy mound of vibrant green foliage. The foliage itself is noteworthy, not just for its lush green color but also for its fragrant nature, which adds an aromatic dimension to the garden space.

One of the most striking features of the 'Indiglo Girl' is its flower color - a deep, indigo blue that captures the eye and sets this plant apart from others. These flowers are not only a visual delight but are also fragrant, enhancing the sensory appeal of the garden. The plant blooms profusely in early summer and late spring, offering a lengthy display of color and beauty.

Adaptability is a key strength of this Salvia hybrid, as it is capable of thriving in a wide range of hardiness zones from 3a to 8b. This broad adaptability is complemented by its easy maintenance and average water needs, making it a resilient choice for various garden settings. The 'Indiglo Girl' is tolerant of different soil types, whether acidic, alkaline, or neutral, and it performs best in full sun, requiring at least six hours of sunlight per day to flourish.

Landscape Use

The Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia is a versatile plant that offers a range of landscaping uses due to its striking indigo blue flowers, fragrant foliage, and attractive bushy habit. Here are several ways this Salvia hybrid can be incorporated into various garden designs:

  • Border Planting: The compact size and vibrant color of 'Indiglo Girl' make it an excellent choice for front-of-border placements. It provides a continuous bloom of deep blue flowers that can define the edges of garden beds and pathways.
  • Container Gardening: This Salvia is well-suited for container gardening, where its striking indigo blooms and fragrant foliage can be appreciated up close. It acts as a stunning filler in mixed containers, adding height and color contrast when paired with other annuals and perennials.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The vibrant flowers not only add beauty to the garden but also make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Their long bloom time ensures a steady supply of fresh flowers throughout the growing season.
  • Dried Flower Projects: Beyond its fresh beauty, the blooms of 'Indiglo Girl' can be dried and used in floral arrangements, adding a lasting touch of color to your home decor.
  • Mass Planting: Planting 'Indiglo Girl' in large groups can create a dramatic visual impact, especially when its deep blue flowers are in full bloom. Mass plantings can serve as a vibrant ground cover or a dynamic backdrop in mixed borders.
  • Wildlife Gardens: The plant is a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making it an ideal choice for wildlife or pollinator gardens. Its ability to attract beneficial insects supports biodiversity and contributes to a healthy garden ecosystem.
  • Landscape Accent: With its unique color and clump-forming habit, 'Indiglo Girl' works well as an accent plant in mixed beds, providing contrast against green foliage and complementing plants with yellow, pink, or white flowers.
  • Coastal Gardens: Its salt tolerance makes it a suitable option for coastal gardens, where it can withstand the challenging conditions while adding color and texture to the landscape.

Incorporating Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' into the garden not only enhances the aesthetic appeal with its deep blue flowers and green foliage but also supports local wildlife, making it a valuable addition to any landscape design.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia is straightforward, making it an accessible choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here are key guidelines to ensure your Salvia thrives:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a location that receives full sun, as 'Indiglo Girl' needs at least six hours of sunlight daily to flourish and produce vibrant blooms.
  • Soil: This Salvia prefers well-drained soil. It's adaptable to various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils, provided they drain well. It can tolerate both acidic and alkaline pH levels.
  • Spacing: Space plants 20 to 22 inches apart to ensure adequate air circulation and room for growth, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
  • Planting: Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the roots, and place it in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill with soil, press firmly, and water thoroughly.

Care Guidelines:

  • Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, 'Indiglo Girl' is drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth.
  • Fertilizing: Feed in early spring with a general-purpose fertilizer to encourage vigorous growth and blooming. Follow label instructions for rates and application.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent blooms to promote continuous flowering throughout the season. In late winter or early spring, cut back the entire plant to a few inches above the ground to encourage fresh, vigorous growth.
  • Pest and Disease Management: 'Indiglo Girl' is generally resistant to deer and rabbits. Watch for common garden pests and treat with appropriate organic or chemical solutions if necessary. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases.

Additional Tips:

  • Reblooming: For extended blooming, cut the plant back by one-third after the initial flowering to encourage a second bloom period.
  • Winter Care: In colder regions (zones 3-5), apply a winter mulch to protect the plant after the ground freezes.
  • Division: Although not necessary for the health of the plant, 'Indiglo Girl' can be divided every few years in early spring to maintain vigor and to propagate new plants.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' Perennial Salvia will become a stunning and resilient addition to your garden, providing a display of deep indigo blooms and attracting a host of pollinators from late spring to early summer.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; prefers consistent moisture for best blooming but is drought tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 20-22 inches and spreads 20-22 inches wide.
  • Special features: Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Resistant to deer and rabbits. Fragrant flowers and foliage, salt tolerant, suitable for mass planting, border, container, cut flower, dried flower, and landscape use.
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Late spring to early summer
  • Flower color: Indigo blue
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant flowers held in dark calyxes.
  • Garden style: Ideal for cottage and wildlife gardens due to its attractiveness to pollinators and resistance to pests.
  • Design Ideas: The Color Spires® 'Indiglo Girl' is perfect for adding a pop of deep blue to sunny borders and meadow gardens. Its bushy, clump-forming habit makes it an excellent choice for mass plantings or as a vibrant filler in mixed containers. Pair with plants that prefer similar sun and moisture conditions, and use it to create a dynamic, colorful, and fragrant garden display.
  • Companion Plants: Pairs well with Echinacea, Rudbeckia, and Nepeta for a stunning perennial border that thrives in full sun.

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