A lot of our nurseries get some plants from Monrovia but get very few of the Salvias. They purchase plants from several wholesale sources so even if your nurseries get some plants from Monrovia they may or may not get what you are looking for.1) Cherry Chief hybrid seems fairly popular among forum members, but not so much elsewhere. Where is everyone getting theirs? I didn't do a ton of looking this summer, but I did not see it at any local nursery and I don't see it on any of the popular mail-order sites I've visited.
2) I definitely remember seeing Furman's red locally. The way I currently have my 2010 garden planned there will be two spots where I want red salvia. One spot gets about 4 hours of morning to midday sun and the other gets about 8 hours of sun centered around midday. Assuming I have both coccinea lady in red and greggii Furman's red, which one would you grow in each spot? Can one of them get more shade and still perform well? My original plan had the greggii in the 8 hr spot.
3) Indy Steve, I think I read in an old thread you grew Furman's red for a few years and it did not perform well. Could you elaborate? I'd also like to hear from others about their FR experience.
4) I've never been a big pink guy, but the more I look at photos of greggii wild thing the more I want one. I see it at a couple mail-order sites, but is this something that has made its way to local nurseries?
5) Anyone know if the Mesa series hybrids have any greggii in them or are they microphylla or something else? I would love to get a Mesa purple. I know one local nursery had at least the Mesa rose and scarlet this summer.
Niagara Falls, NY
USDA zone 6a/6b
Heat zone 4
Sunset zone 39