Mamajack presents: Salvia from the Sultan!By Jill M Nicolaus (critterologist) on May 16, 2012
|Announcing a rare opportunity to choose special plants for your garden, guided by a grower who is surely an expert's expert...|
The Sultan of Salvia, Richard Dufresne (pronounced “du-frain”), has been busy this spring, turning hundreds of cuttings into beautifully rooted little plants, ready to shi p to our gardens this month. MamaJack’s has the distinct pleasure of hosting a spring sale with him, with a “buy 4 get 1 FREE” offer so you can start building a collection of your own. You (and your hummingbirds) will enjoy their bright blooms scattered here and there across your landscape this summer!
His passion is not only for the plants themselves, but for getting them into gardens across the country. With some 900 different varieties, the genus Salvia includes much more than the culinary sage or bedding annuals we all know.
You probably recognize names like ‘May Night’ (Salvia x sylvestris), ‘Black & Blue’ (Salvia guarantica), and ‘Coral Nymph’ (Salvia splendens). You may have sought out additional varieties, like Salvia nemorosa ‘Marcus’ and ‘Snow Hill’ to add bloom spikes to the front of a border, Salvia forskaolii for a shadier spot, or Salvia sclarea (clary sage) for your herb garden.
But Richard's collection goes far beyond these. Even a quick look at his World of Salvias website will introduce you to plants you never knew existed. When you find yourself thinking, “wow, this one would be perfect for that spot in my garden!” you'll be glad Richard is also skilled at rooting cuttings.
Choices are more limited for zone 6 gardens, but there are many ways to create suitably warm micro-climates if you're in a cooler zone (next to a big rock, for example). You can also overwinter entire plants or cuttings, and many of his selections for this sale grow and flower quickly enough to be wonderful even as annuals in your garden.
The more you tell him about your growing conditions, the better he can advise you on your selections. Along those same lines, please let him know how your choices perform in your garden and how well they come back or overwinter for you.
From his description of himself, I can well imagine that in medieval times he’d have been a monk, collecting new plants and experiences as he traveled, sharing seeds and plants and philosophical discussions like a cross between St. Francis of Assisi and Johnny Appleseed.
For photos of the size and root structure on the plants he sends out, see this post.
For more customer feedback, see this entry in the Garden Watchdog.
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|Better known in cyberspace as "Critter," Jill lives in Maryland with her DH and Sunshine Girl. You'll find dozens of projects underway at any given time in their home, both inside and out. Plants, crafts, kids, critters, books, music... she dabbles in a little of everything and hopes that through her articles, you will too!|
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