Salvia 'May Night' is not a new plant, but it's a great one. It won Perennial Plant of the Year back in 1997. An honor bestowed by Perennial Plant Association.
I can remember reading about it back then and being amazed at how hardy the plant was and how long it bloomed. I'm just like every other gardener, I'm thrilled by new introductions, but 'May Night' is fantastic.
I've been growing it ever since with wonderful results.
The pretty blue blooms start in June and will flower most of the summer. I find the plant takes a break mid-summer and after a haircut will start blooming full force a few weeks later.
It's a sun lover, but will blossom with a little shade and it drought resistant too.
This sturdy plant also attracts bees and other pollinators.
After a few years the plant benefits from being split. In the early spring, dig the entire plant out and cut it right in half. This will invigorate the plant.
Re-plant in good soil and enjoy the blooms.
I don't think I'd have a perennial garden without 'May Night.'