The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage, otherwise known as the Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 or Elderberry ‘Gerda’, Elder ‘Gerda’, European Elder ‘Gerda’, Black Elder ‘Gerda’, Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Beauty®, Sambucus Black Beauty®, Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Gerda’, Sambucus nigra ‘Gerda’ PP12305, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its average maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its gray-green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Sensation Rose Meadow Sage Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Sensation Rose Meadow Sage can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
- Light: Keep your Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage belongs to the Viburnaceae family, the genus Sambucus and the species Nigra, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 (SAL-vee-uh nem-or-OH-suh).
As with other Sambucus’s, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is a herbaceous plant, which means it will die back to the ground every year.
The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is a plant native to the Europe.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 will be most used to the heat zones in the 6 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Sensation Rose Meadow Sage are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 can grow up to 8′ – 15′ (240cm – 4.5m) in 8′ – 15′ (240cm – 4.5m) and 4′ – 8′ (120cm – 240cm) in 4′ – 8′ (120cm – 240cm).
These dimensions make the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 108″ – 240″ (270cm – 600cm) free so the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 prefers constant watering each week and more during the hot season.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low to average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
However, in our experience, the best solution to knowing the right amount of water for your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is with the ‘thumb’ technique. Basically, you insert your finger into the soil, and based if you feel the soil moist or dry, you determine if it needs any water, which is the most appropriate way to go about watering your leafy friend.
The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to full and direct sun (more 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being a herbaceous plant, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage will die back to the ground every year.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (early).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its long bloom season, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage produces some beautiful pink, or cream/tan and white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage have a beautiful gray-green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a compound (pinnately, bipinnately, palmately) arrangement with a alternate and opposite organization in its leaves.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Sensation Rose Meadow Sage is well known for being able to attract butterflies and birds, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for clay soil, and animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 will be fine.
Now, let’s talk garden and how your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage will look best in it.
Most Salvia Nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose’ Plant Patent #18,230 owners agree that this shrub will look great in most mediterranean, cottage and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden, city and courtyard, and in informal and cottage styles.
In particular, the Sensation Rose Meadow Sage’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, and in hedges and screens, others use it for landscaping in a mass planting, firescaping/fire wise, border, accent, container, cutting garden, or a rock garden.
Sensation Rose Meadow Sage’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Achillea, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Echinacea will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Sensation Rose Meadow Sage, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.