Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ & ‘Rose’-Woodland Sage

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ after I brought it home on 4-23-17, #321-13.

Woodland Sage

Salvia nemorosa

’New Dimensions Blue’ & ’New Dimensions Rose’

SAL-vee-uh nem-or-OH-suh


Synonyms of Salvia nemorosa (2) (Updated on 2-16-21): Sclarea nemorosa (L.) Mill., Sclarea punctata Moench

Salvia nemorosa L. is the correct and acce Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Rose’ after I brought it home on 4-23-17, #321-14.[/caption]

I bought these two Salvia nemorosa cultivars from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017. They were developed by Kieft Pro Seeds of Holland and are supposed to have the richest, deepest color of any seed-grown Salvia.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 6-11-17, #343-40.

Family: Lamiaceae.
Origin: Species native to Europe and west-central Asia.
Zones: USDA Zones 5a-8b (-20° F).
Size: 12” tall x 18” wide.
Light: Prefers full sun.
Soil: Average, well-drained.
Water: Drought tolerant but prefers moist soil
Notes: Deadhead for repeat bloom. Flowers best when watered regularly. Many need to trim back if plants become floppy. Cut plants back after flowering.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Rose’ on 6-11-17, #343-41.

I had decided to re-dig the south bed and amended it with “The Good Stuff” (decomposed cow manure and hay) so I needed new plants. I put both these plants on the right side where they would get full sun.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 6-27-17, #349-71.

Although Salvia does very well in average, well-drained soil, they prefer moist, sandy to gravelly soil.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Rose’ on 6-24-17, #349-72.

They are drought tolerant to a point but do much better with regular watering. They also produce more flowers in moist soil.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 7-9-17, #355-44.

As with most plants, they need occasional deadheading for continual flower production and to keep the plants looking neat and tidy.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions ‘ on 7-9-17, #355-45.

All Salvia species attract hummingbirds and butterflies.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 3-3-18, #415-10.

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ was one of the first perennials to return in the spring of 2018. Even before Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ which was always first. The ‘New Dimensions Rose’ did not survive the winter.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-8-18, #423-23.

Naturally, cold temps want to hang around as long as possible which keeps many of the perennials from taking off.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-13-18, #425-37.

By April 13 we are still having fairly cool mornings.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 5-6-18, #436-47.

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue took off once the temps remained fairly nice. In the above photo taken on May 5, it is loaded with buds.

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 5-11-18, #441-10.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 5-17-18, #443-82.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 5-17-18, #443-83.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 6-3-18, #452-21.

The Salvia nemorosa produces a lot of flowers but you need to keep them deadheaded. If you don’t, it could stop flowering…

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 7-29-18, #487-84.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 8-26-19, #499-34.

As we get closer to the end of summer, many plants have run their course. The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions’ has been another great performer in 2018.


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-7-19, #558-28.

Up and ready to roll again in 2019. This will be our third season together!

Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 4-20-19, #560-32.

Growing well and soon it will be loaded with buds!

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ has proven to be a great performer. It has survived two winters (one which was VERY COLD) and emerged early. It has had no problems with the intense sun in the south bed and has endured fairly dry conditions when I didn’t have time to water. So, I would give it a Belmont Rooster FIVE GOLD STAR rating.

I was fairly busy in the summer of 2020 and severely neglected the south bed. The Celosia argentea ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ pretty much took over so I don’t know how well the Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Dimensions in Blue’ did. I will do better in 2021…

I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.

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4 comments on “Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ & ‘Rose’-Woodland Sage

  1. dan says:

    Ce jour, j’ai acheté 2 plants de Salvia nemorosa New dimension Blue. Vos informations me sont très précieuses pour leur trouver une place idéale ! merci beaucoup. (Translate: This day, I bought 2 plants of Salvia nemorosa New Dimension Blue. Your information is very valuable to find them an ideal place! thank you so much.)


    • Bonjour Dan! Je suis content que vous ayez acheté certaines de ces plantes. Ils sont très gentils et restent assez petits comparés à certains Salvia. Je suis heureux que l’information vous ait été utile et j’espère qu’ils vont bien! Merci pour le commentaire! (Translate: Hello Dan! I’m glad you bought some of these plants. They are very nice and remain quite small compared to some Salvia. I am glad the information has been useful to you and I hope they are doing well! Thanks for the comment!)


  2. Shauna says:

    Thanks for posting this useful series about Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’. I got ahold of some very healthy bargain plants last summer and planted them and now waiting for them to properly reappear. I’m in Ayrshire, Scotland so winters here are more cold and wet than severe cold and snowy/frosty for weeks on end. I came across your blog whilst searching as I was doing some digging in the area where I may have planted the Salvia n. NDB but seem to have dug up some ‘sticks’ with bladdery-type roots on them. So I am curious about the roots of your plants. In the meantime, I have planted the ‘bladder’ roots in pots to see what comes up. I know the leaf of the Salvia so I’ll be delighted to have them back!!!

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    • Hello Shauna! Proper drainage is very important for Salvia during cold and wet winters. Mine overwinter OK on the south side of the house but not on the north side. My Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimension’s Blue’ started having difficulty last summer and barely returned this spring. I have to keep an eye on them… I hope yours return for you. Thanks for the comment!


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