Purple Salvia ....I like Caradonna and May Night the best.  Long bloom, drought tolerant, and it reblooms!

Purple Salvia ....I like Caradonna and May Night the best. Long bloom, drought tolerant, and it reblooms!

Queen Victoria Oriental Poppy, Red Poppy, purple Salvia, allium. Beautiful!

Queen Victoria Oriental Poppy, Red Poppy, purple Salvia, allium. Beautiful!

Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

Salvia 'May Night' is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor and tolerance to heavy clay soils.

Salvia 'May Night' is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor and tolerance to heavy clay soils.

As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

Riotous with high-summer color, this perennial border is built to last. After the delphiniums fade, purple salvias and strappy-leafed variegated irises keep the show going till fall.

Tried-and-True Perennials for Your Garden

Riotous with high-summer color, this perennial border is built to last. After the delphiniums fade, purple salvias and strappy-leafed variegated irises keep the show going till fall.

Salvia, Achillea and Perovskia. 'An Uprising of Kindness', Silver medal winner, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010

Salvia, Achillea and Perovskia. 'An Uprising of Kindness', Silver medal winner, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010

The perfect Salvia for planting in containers or as an edging. Marcus is a dwarf form of Salvia growing to only around 12 inches tall. The intense dark purple flowers will remain all summer if regularly deadheaded. Plants are very compact and bushy and have very nice olive-green foliage. zone 3

The perfect Salvia for planting in containers or as an edging. Marcus is a dwarf form of Salvia growing to only around 12 inches tall. The intense dark purple flowers will remain all summer if regularly deadheaded. Plants are very compact and bushy and have very nice olive-green foliage. zone 3

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