Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Salvia glabrescens 'Autumn Enchanter'
Autumn Enchanter Japanese Woodland Sage
Item #: 17041
Zones: 5b to 7b
Height: 30" tall
Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Salvia glabrescens 'Autumn Enchanter' is a splendidly vigorous new introduction of the Japanese woodland sage from Issima Nursery. The upright 30" tall x 3' wide clump of corrugated green foliage is adorned, starting for us in early fall with terminal clusters of large pink flowers, with a violet lip...a truly superb addition to the fall woodland garden.
The tidy gardener will want to cut Salvia glabrescens to the ground once a killing frost has ended its glorious fall display. This is about all the maintenance this salvia needs. Though, it is perhaps possible that in a small garden one might need to, after many years, divide the clump and reduce its size, replanting divisions elsewhere or sharing them with others.
Yes, dear gardener, there are salvias that prefer shade to sun, and Salvia glabrescens is a superb plant for the shade garden. Make it bright shade, or a few hours of sun. Salvia glabrescens tolerates a wide range of soil types except soggy or excessively dry.
Got shade? Want flowers? Want color? In the fall? Then plant Salvia glabrescens! This is a show-stopper in the shady garden in the fall and a plant that is easy to grow and generally avoided by deer and rabbits. Salvias are generally visited by pollinators so this one might be as well. Combine it with other shade-tolerant fall blooming plants such as toadlily, Tricyrtis.
The color range of Salvia glabrescens is purple and violet. There are other shade tolerant, late summer to fall blooming Salvias such as Salvia glutinosa, Salvia nipponica and Salvia koyamae all of which are shades of yellow and differ in plant size.
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Flower Color: Pink , Purple/Lavender
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Fall
Container Role: Fillers , Spillers
Garden Themes: Cottage Garden Plants , Living Wall , Rock Garden Plants
Other: Fragrant Foliage Plants , Butterfly Attracting Plants , Edimentals , Cut Flower Plants , Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , Medicinal Plants , Plants from Japan , Plants that Attract Birds , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants