Look around your landscape to find a spot where there is abundant sunshine but the sprinkler won’t soak the plant every single day. That’s a good place to grow ‘Pink Profusion’ salvia. This is a sun-loving perennial that only needs average moisture and prefers to dry out a bit before it gets watered again. Its tough constitution means no pampering is necessary, so save your energy for more needy plants. This one can handle the sun, moderate drought and critter pressure all on its own.
Choose a location that receives a bare minimum of six hours of sun per day with most of that coming in the afternoon. Perennial salvia does not need any shade, even in warm climates. Too much shade, water, or rich soil will make the plant weaker and therefore prone to rot, pest and disease issues.
‘Pink Profusion’ salvia is a durable perennial that can be planted in either spring or fall, but you are more likely to find it in garden centers in the spring. If the roots are densely circled around when you take it out of the pot, loosen them up a bit to break the “root memory”. This will encourage them to grow outward instead of continuing to grow in a circular pattern.
No special soil is needed for this plant to thrive. However, if you garden in heavy clay, it’s a good idea to amend with shredded bark or soil conditioner to help it drain better, or to plant your salvia “high”, or at the top of a slope. Any soil amendments you use should total less than one-third of the soil used to backfill the hole. It would be detrimental to the plant to only use “good” soil in the hole when backfilling.
A good rule of thumb is to dig your hole twice as wide and just as deep as the plant’s rootball. When you backfill the hole, press the soil down with your hand firmly to remove any big air pockets around the roots. Then, water the plant to help the soil settle around it.
The first season while your new salvia is getting established, it will need a little more water than in subsequent years. Once its roots are anchored in, they will be able to seek the available moisture from the soil, making the plant more self-sufficient.