How to Plant Salvia Flowers


Salvia flowers, commonly referred to as sage, grow in gardens and landscapes across the country. Salvia flowers thrive throughout the entire United States (except for Alaska) and in most of Canada. These flowers come in various colors including white, red, blue, pink or violet and are known to attract hummingbirds. Salvia flowers come as perennial, biennial and annual types, depending on the specific species and your location. Pick the varieties suited for your particular region for best results.

Step 1

Plant salvia flowers in the spring after the last chance of frost has passed. Select an area that provides well-draining soil conditions and full sun. Provide enough room to space the salvia plants between 1 to 3 feet apart.

Step 2

Clear the area of all plants, rocks and debris. Cultivate the soil to a depth of at least 1 foot. Work 2 to 4 inches of compost into the planting area to enrich the soil.

Step 3

Dig holes for the salvia flowers the same depth, but twice as wide as the containers the salvias come in. Take the plant out of the container, and put it in the hole. Add or remove dirt (if needed) to make sure it is at the same level in the ground as it was in the container.

Step 4

Fill the area around the salvia plant with the removed dirt. Lightly press down on the soil to compact it around the plants roots.

Step 5

Water the transplanted salvia flowers thoroughly to remove any air pockets left in the soil. Supply the salvia flowers with 1 inch of water weekly through August, if rainfall fails to.

Step 6

Cover the area around the newly planted salvias with a 2-inch layer of mulch. Keep the mulch clear of the stem of the plant. Mulching the salvia flowers will prevent weeds from growing in the area and keep the soil moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hoe
  • Compost
  • Hand trowel
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • USDA Plant Profile: Salvia (sage)
  • National Gardening Association: Plant Care Guides: Salvia
  • Plant Encyclopedia Database at PlantCare: Sage
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