|(08/19/2010) While I had a lot of luck with Salvia coccinea in my Florida butterfly garden, the Salvia vanhouttei I planted in California was a disappointment. Hummingbirds and bees completely ignored it. After several months of languishing as a 2′ tall plant, it finally put on a growth spurt and doubled in size in the last month. The resulting foliage, while loose, is attractive. But in this garden, every plant has got to be a stellar performer. With the lack of any conspicuous flowers, its days are numbered.|
Also the Salvia vanhouttei is too large for my garden and not a dependable flower producer. It is far more suited to a large garden.
1/23/2011 – The annual Winter overhaul is in full swing. Plants are being ripped out and moved around. And, regretfully, the Salvia was pulled up and thrown in the compost heap.