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Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Perennial Salvia

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Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Perennial Salvia

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The Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia hybrid emerges as a stunning addition to the perennial garden with its large white flowers accented by a delicate soft pink lip. This unique variety not only adds a splash of color but also introduces an aromatic presence to your garden, enhancing the sensory experience with its fragrant flowers and foliage. Ideal for planting in drifts, the 'Snow Kiss' creates a visually captivating display that's both elegant and vibrant.

Thriving in full sun exposure, this hardy perennial is suitable for zones 3 through 8, making it a versatile choice for a wide range of garden climates. With a mature size reaching 20 to 22 inches in height and spreading 22 to 24 inches, it fits perfectly in medium-sized garden spaces or as a filler in larger landscape designs. The neatly mounded habit of this plant, coupled with its upright growth, ensures a tidy appearance throughout the growing season.

Not only is the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia a feast for the eyes, but it also serves as a magnet for pollinators. Its blooms attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, adding life and movement to the garden. Additionally, it offers the benefit of being salt tolerant and resistant to deer and rabbits, ensuring that its beauty remains unmarred by common garden pests.

Plant Attributes

The Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia hybrid is celebrated for its distinctive plant attributes that make it a valuable addition to any garden setting. This perennial plant boasts a medium height category, growing to a garden height of 20 to 22 inches, with a spacing requirement of 22 to 24 inches to accommodate its spread. Its upright habit and neatly mounded foliage provide a structured yet natural appearance, ideal for creating eye-catching garden compositions.

The foliage of the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia is a vibrant green, which serves as a perfect backdrop to its stunning flowers. The blooms themselves are a captivating white with a soft pink lip, creating a delicate contrast that can brighten any garden space. This plant is not just a visual treat but also a haven for wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, thanks to its fragrant flowers and foliage.

Hardy in zones 3a through 8b, the 'Snow Kiss' demonstrates a robust adaptability to a wide range of climates, making it a versatile choice for gardeners across many regions. Its resilience is further highlighted by its resistance to common garden pests such as deer and rabbits, and its tolerance to salt, ensuring its beauty remains pristine in various conditions.

Landscape Use

The Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia hybrid offers a multitude of landscaping uses, making it a versatile addition to any garden design. Its striking white flowers with soft pink lips and aromatic foliage enhance various garden styles and serve multiple functions. Here are some of the key landscaping uses for this beautiful perennial:

  • Border Planting: The compact size and upright habit of the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia make it perfect for border plantings. It can define the edges of garden beds or pathways, adding structure and color.
  • Container Gardening: This Salvia is an excellent choice for container gardening. Its moderate height and attractive foliage and flowers can add a focal point or complement other plants in mixed containers.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The beautiful blooms of the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia are ideal for cut flower arrangements. Planting it in a dedicated cut flower garden will provide you with a season-long supply of fresh flowers for indoor enjoyment.
  • Dried Flower Arrangements: Beyond its fresh appeal, the flowers of this Salvia can also be dried for long-lasting arrangements, bringing a touch of the garden indoors throughout the year.
  • Landscape Accent: Used individually or in small groups, the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia can serve as a striking landscape accent among green foliage plants, creating points of interest throughout the garden.
  • Mass Planting: For a dramatic display, mass planting of the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia offers a sea of white and pink blooms. This approach is particularly effective in larger garden spaces or public gardens.
  • Pollinator Gardens: As a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, incorporating this plant into pollinator gardens supports biodiversity and ensures the health of these essential garden visitors.
  • Rock Gardens: Its drought tolerance and compact form make it suitable for rock gardens, where it can add color and texture among the stones.
  • Xeriscaping: Given its drought tolerance, the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia is an excellent choice for water-wise or xeriscape gardens, contributing beauty without requiring excessive watering.

Incorporating the Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia into your garden not only brings visual delight and fragrance but also supports local wildlife, making it a beneficial and beautiful choice for a variety of landscaping projects.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia hybrid is straightforward, making it a great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here's a guide to help you get the most out of this beautiful perennial:

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 the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia thrives in sunlight for 6+ hours a day.
  • Soil: This plant is adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers well-drained soil. It can tolerate both acidic and alkaline pH levels.
  • Spacing: Space plants 22 to 24 inches apart to allow for growth and air circulation, which helps prevent disease.
  • Planting Depth: Plant at the same depth as the pot they were grown in. Ensure the root ball is level with the surrounding soil surface.


  • The 'Snow Kiss' Salvia is drought tolerant once established but performs best with consistent moisture. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Thereafter, water occasionally, more frequently in extreme heat or if planted in containers.


  • Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in the spring as new growth appears. This plant does not require heavy feeding; too much fertilizer can promote foliage at the expense of blooms.


  • After the first flush of blooms fades, cut the plant back by one-third to encourage reblooming throughout the season. This will keep the plant looking tidy and promote a second wave of flowers.
  • In late fall or early spring, cut the plant back to the ground to prepare for new growth.


  • Mulch around the base to retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, although the 'Snow Kiss' Salvia is generally resistant to deer and rabbits.

Special Considerations:

  • The 'Snow Kiss' Salvia is salt tolerant, making it suitable for coastal gardens.
  • Its fragrant flowers and foliage can attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, adding vibrancy and aiding in pollination within your garden.

Following these planting and care guidelines will help ensure your Color Spires® 'Snow Kiss' Salvia hybrid thrives, bringing beauty and life to your garden for seasons to come.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Drought tolerant but blooms better with average moisture. Occasional watering is recommended, more in extreme heat or containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: SAL-via HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 20-22 inches and spreads 22-24 inches.
  • Special features: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, Fragrant Flower, Fragrant Foliage, Salt Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Early summer to late spring
  • Flower color: Pink and White
  • Flower attributes: Large white flowers with a soft pink lip
  • Garden style: Cottage, Eclectic, Traditional
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for planting in drifts in perennial borders or pollinator gardens to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Perfect as a filler in mixed container plantings or in mass planting for a dramatic and fragrant display. Can be used as a cut flower for indoor arrangements or in a landscape as part of a mixed border for seasonal interest.
  • Companion Plants: Pairs well with other sun-loving perennials like Echinacea, Rudbeckia, and Lavender for a vibrant, pollinator-friendly garden.

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