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Silver Dream™ Sage

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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistantSpring to summer
  • Drought-Tolerant Nature: Silver Dream™ Sage is exceptionally drought-tolerant, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping or low-water gardens.
  • Silvery Foliage and Vibrant Blooms: This plant captivates with its striking silvery leaves and bursts of purple flowers, offering a unique aesthetic appeal that stands out in any garden setting.
  • Wildlife Attraction: The colorful blooms attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, making it a wonderful addition to wildlife-friendly gardens.
  • Deer and Salt Tolerant: Meaning, this plant can withstand being eaten by deer and affected by salt without severe damage to the plant and its roots.

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Silver Dream™ Sage, scientifically known as Leucophyllum frutescens 'Grehjs', is an eye-catching perennial shrub that transforms gardens into havens of beauty and tranquility. Known for its silvery foliage and vibrant purple blooms, this drought-tolerant plant captivates the senses and attracts local wildlife. With the right care, Silver Dream™ Sage can thrive in a variety of climates, offering gardeners a hardy yet stunning option for their outdoor spaces.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; reaches a mature height and width of 3-5 feet.

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Pruning: Light pruning in early spring will encourage bushier growth and more abundant flowering.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the early spring to support healthy growth and abundant blooming.

Winter Protection: In colder climates, consider mulching around the base of the plant to provide extra insulation against winter chill.

Select a well-drained location that receives full sun. Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and as deep as the container. Remove the plant from its container and gently loosen the roots. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil, patting down firmly to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly to help establish the roots. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base, avoiding contact with the stem, to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Silver Dream™ Sage is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in full sun. Water deeply but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. This low-maintenance plant is an excellent choice for water-wise gardens and hot, sunny locations.

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Zones 8-11

Grow Zone Description: Silver Dream™ Sage, or Leucophyllum frutescens 'Grehjs', is best suited for USDA Grow Zones 8-11. In these zones, the climate offers the mild winters and hot, arid conditions that this plant thrives in. The temperature range in these zones allows for optimal growth, robust flowering, and overall health of the plant. If you live within these zones, you can expect this drought-tolerant plant to be a low-maintenance addition to your landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Silver Dream Sage typically reaches a mature size of about 3 to 5 feet in both height and width. Here are some specifics:

Height: Silver Dream Sage generally grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet, depending on the growing conditions and care.

Width: It also spreads to a width of 3 to 5 feet, forming a rounded, bushy shape.

Growth Habit: The plant has a dense and compact growth habit, making it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, or as a standalone ornamental shrub.

Providing the right care and conditions will help your Silver Dream Sage reach its full size and create a beautiful, well-rounded plant in your garden.

Silver Dream Sage has a moderate growth rate. Here are some details about its growth:

Annual Growth: On average, Silver Dream Sage can grow about 1 to 2 feet per year under optimal conditions.

Maturity: It typically reaches its mature size of about 3 to 5 feet in height and width within 2 to 3 years.

Growth Factors: The growth rate can vary based on factors such as soil quality, watering practices, sunlight exposure, and overall care. Providing full sun, well-drained soil, and proper watering can enhance its growth rate.

By ensuring the right conditions, you can expect Silver Dream Sage to grow steadily and reach its full potential within a few years.

The best place to plant Silver Dream Sage is in an environment that meets its specific growing needs. Here are the ideal conditions:

Full Sun: Choose a location that receives full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. Silver Dream Sage thrives in bright, direct sunlight.

Well-Drained Soil: Plant it in well-drained soil. Sandy or rocky soils are ideal, as they prevent water from pooling around the roots and causing rot.

Low Humidity: Opt for a spot with low to moderate humidity. High humidity areas can lead to fungal issues.

Good Air Circulation: Ensure the area has good air circulation. Proper spacing and location help reduce the risk of diseases.

Protection from Extreme Cold: If you live in a region with harsh winters, consider planting Silver Dream Sage in a sheltered spot or using mulch to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

By planting Silver Dream Sage in these optimal conditions, you can ensure it thrives and adds beauty to your garden.

When planting Silver Dream Sage, it's important to provide adequate spacing to ensure healthy growth and airflow. Here’s the recommended spacing:

Distance Between Plants: Space Silver Dream Sage plants about 3 to 4 feet apart. This allows each plant enough room to spread out and grow to its full potential without overcrowding.

Consider Mature Size: Keep in mind that Silver Dream Sage can reach a height and width of 3 to 5 feet at maturity. Adequate spacing helps prevent competition for resources and reduces the risk of disease.

Air Circulation: Proper spacing improves air circulation around the plants, which helps reduce the risk of fungal infections and promotes healthier growth.

By planting Silver Dream Sage with these spacing guidelines, you can ensure that each plant has enough room to thrive and contribute to a healthy, attractive garden.

Silver Dream Sage typically blooms from late spring through fall. Here are some specifics about its blooming period:

Spring: The blooming season usually begins in late spring, around May, depending on the local climate and growing conditions.

Summer: The plant continues to produce blooms throughout the summer months, often displaying its most prolific flowering during this time.

Fall: Blooming can extend into the fall, with flowers often appearing until the first frost in cooler regions.

The extended blooming period of Silver Dream Sage provides continuous color and visual interest in your garden for several months, making it a popular choice for long-lasting beauty.

Silver Dream Sage is known for attracting several beneficial insects and wildlife to your garden. Here’s what it typically attracts:

Bees: The flowers of Silver Dream Sage are a rich source of nectar, making them highly attractive to bees. This helps in pollination and supports local bee populations.

Butterflies: The colorful and fragrant blooms also attract butterflies, adding beauty to your garden while aiding in pollination.

Hummingbirds: Hummingbirds are drawn to the nectar-rich flowers, providing a delightful sight and helping with pollination.

Beneficial Insects: Silver Dream Sage can attract other beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and predatory wasps, which help control pest populations in your garden.

By planting Silver Dream Sage, you not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your garden but also support a healthy ecosystem by attracting these beneficial creatures.

Silver Dream Sage requires careful watering to thrive. Here’s a guide on how often you should water this plant:

Initial Planting: After planting, water Silver Dream Sage regularly for the first few weeks to help establish its roots. Water deeply once a week during this period.

Established Plants: Once established, Silver Dream Sage requires less frequent watering. Water deeply every 2-3 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions.

Seasonal Adjustments: During the hot summer months, you may need to water slightly more frequently, about every 1-2 weeks, depending on the heat and dryness of the soil. In cooler months, reduce watering to once a month or even less.

Soil Check: Always check the soil moisture before watering. If the soil is still moist, wait a few more days. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your Silver Dream Sage remains healthy and vibrant.

Yes, Silver Dream Sage is highly drought tolerant. This plant is well-adapted to arid and semi-arid regions, making it an excellent choice for water-wise gardens and landscapes. Here are some key points about its drought tolerance:

Watering Needs: Silver Dream Sage requires minimal watering once established. It thrives on deep, infrequent watering, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions.

Adaptability: Its ability to thrive in low-water conditions makes it an ideal plant for xeriscaping and areas with water restrictions.

Soil Preferences: It prefers well-drained soil, which helps prevent root rot and other water-related issues. Sandy or rocky soils are particularly suitable.

Survival in Dry Conditions: During extended dry periods, Silver Dream Sage can survive with very little water, although occasional deep watering during prolonged drought can help maintain its health and appearance.

Overall, Silver Dream Sage's drought tolerance makes it a resilient and low-maintenance addition to any garden.

Silver Dream Sage thrives best in warm, arid climates. It is well-suited for regions with hot summers and mild winters. Here are some specifics about the ideal climate conditions for Silver Dream Sage:

Temperature: Silver Dream Sage prefers temperatures between 60°F and 90°F (15°C to 32°C). It can tolerate higher temperatures but may need some protection from extreme heat.

USDA Hardiness Zones: This plant is hardy in USDA zones 8-11. It can withstand occasional frost but prolonged freezing temperatures may damage the plant.

Sunlight: Full sun is essential for optimal growth and blooming. Ensure the plant receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Humidity: Silver Dream Sage prefers low to moderate humidity levels. High humidity combined with poor air circulation can lead to fungal issues.

Soil: Well-drained, sandy, or rocky soil is ideal. This plant thrives in soil with good drainage and a slightly alkaline to neutral pH.

By providing these climate conditions, your Silver Dream Sage will flourish and produce beautiful blooms.

Silver Dream Sage may not be blooming due to several factors:

Light Requirements: Ensure your Silver Dream Sage is receiving full sun. These plants thrive in bright, direct sunlight and may not bloom well in shaded areas. Solution: Ensure your Silver Dream Sage is planted in a location where it receives full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. If it's in a shaded area, consider transplanting it to a sunnier spot.

Watering Practices: Overwatering or underwatering can affect blooming. Silver Dream Sage prefers well-drained soil and should be watered deeply but infrequently. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Solution: Adjust your watering schedule. Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Check the soil moisture regularly and avoid letting the plant sit in waterlogged soil.

Soil Quality: Poor soil quality can hinder blooming. Ensure the soil is well-draining and not overly rich. A slightly alkaline to neutral pH is ideal. Solution: Improve soil drainage by mixing in sand or gravel if the soil is too heavy or clay-like. You can also use raised beds or containers with good drainage. Ensure the soil is slightly alkaline to neutral by testing the pH and amending it if necessary.

Pruning: Improper pruning can affect flower production. Prune your plant lightly after the blooming season to encourage new growth and more blooms the following year. Solution: Prune your Silver Dream Sage lightly after the blooming season. Remove dead or diseased branches and trim back to shape the plant. Avoid heavy pruning as it can stress the plant and reduce blooming.

Nutrient Deficiency: Lack of essential nutrients, particularly phosphorus, can lead to poor blooming. Use a balanced fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content to promote flowering. Solution: Feed your plant with a balanced fertilizer that has a higher phosphorus content, such as a 10-30-10 formula, during the growing season. Follow the package instructions for application rates and frequency.

Age of the Plant: Younger plants may take a few seasons to establish before they start blooming consistently. Be patient and provide proper care to encourage blooms over time. Solution: Be patient with younger plants. Provide consistent care, and they should start blooming as they mature. Ensure they have the right conditions to thrive and bloom.

By addressing these factors and implementing these solutions, your Silver Dream Sage should begin to bloom more effectively.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!