Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Sky Blue' PPAF
  Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
Common Name (Alternative): Garden Sage
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

We’ve trialed many, many Salvias over the years with mixed results, but there’s no doubt that the newest cultivars ‘Sensation Deep Rose Improved’ and ‘Sensation Sky Blue’ from the Florensis Breeding Project are some of the best we’ve seen. 

‘Sensation Sky Blue’ is a dwarf selection that is more compact and densely branched than MARCUS™ and with flowers that sit just at the top of the foliage.  It grows vigorously to form a perfectly rounded, dense mound of rugose, green foliage. 

From early through midsummer, mauve purple stems and calyces support the flower spikes that are not exactly sky blue as the name suggests, but more of a medium blue violet color.  It is discernibly bluer than typical Salvias including MARCUS™.  This selection also has secondary branching which extends its flowering time through midsummer. 

At just 10” tall, this selection would make a terrific edging or front of the border plant.     

Intro Year: 2012

Breeder: Florensis

Origin: Not Native to North America


  9-10 Inches
  13 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:

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Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)
  Plugs: 72ct


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Salvia is easy to grow in almost any climate. Though it is drought tolerant, it will bloom better with regular watering. Deadheading encourages a longer bloom time. If plants get leggy during the season, cut them all the way back to the newly developed foliage. If cut back, plants may rebloom in fall but often the flowers are fewer and smaller.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.