Planting Ideas: Salvia with a Red Backdrop

On my trip to the Vizcaya gardens in Miami I saw this salvia and thought it was a perfect way to display it - against a red backdrop.  This salvia was located in front of a large patio area made from limestone blocks facing Biscayne Bay.  The faded red from the side of the patio is offers a perfect contrast for the salvia blooms! The garden designer here must have been inspired.  Salvia is a great plant for attracting butterflies and pollinators.

This is most likely Salvia leucantha or Mexican Bush sage.  It grows best in zones 8-11 but can be grown as an annual in cooler climates.  Salvia can be propagated through cuttings or from seed.

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