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Salvia

A mix of hardy herbaceous and borderline hardy sub-shrubby ones. We just grow the ones we like and grow well for us!

Salvia is another very large genus where it would be impossible to grow all of them due to the numbers and the varied conditions they require.  We have a small selection, mostly of hardy herbaceous types, that have proved to be well worth growing over the years.

The herbaceous types are mostly forms of the British native Meadow Sage or Meadow Clary, Salvia pratensis, the hybrids of Salvia nemorosa and some selections of Salvia verticillata.  These are all good garden plants that will thrive in ordinary soil in sun with reasonable drainage, the drainage is key - a waterlogged site in winter will cause losses.  These Salvias all start flowering in late spring and will continue through most of the summer and into autumn, and provide a good winter seedhead from many of them too.

The less hardy types include forms of the shrubby Salvia microphylla and Salvia x jamensis (central Americans) and the south American Salvia guaranitica and Salvia uliginosa.  These will usually all be hardy in sheltered gardens, especially if planted with a mulch of composted bark or similar around them.  Many people like to grow them in pots and containers though and these will need the protection of a cold greenhouse or similar in winter.

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Salvia chamelaeagnea

Salvia chamelaeagnea£4.50

A bushy upright subshrub. Evergreen in a sheltered site, with spikes of blue-purple and white flowers in summer to 60cm. New to us so not sure on hardiness but it survived -16 with minimal protection!


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Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies'£5.00

Rarely seen pale blue flowered form of this tropical looking hardy species. Upright growth with deep green foliage and generous spikes of flowers from mid-summer. Good soil with a deep mulch, sun. 1.2m.


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Salvia lavandulifolia£4.50

A hardy, sub-shrubby sage for the typical well drained and sunny spot. Dense clumps of narrow, felted, grey-green leaves and spires of soft lavender blue flowers in summer. 50cm.


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Salvia nemorosa 'Amethyst'£3.00

One of our favourite forms of this useful hardy herbaceous sage. Soft green foliage and masses of rich lilac lavender pink blue flowers to 45cm in summer. Drained soil in sun.


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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'£3.50

Neat upright bushy plants with deep blue flowers on dark, blackish stems. Hardy perennial for drained soil in full sun. 40cm.


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Salvia uliginosa

Salvia uliginosa£4.50

Wands of mint-like growth are topped with bright blue flowers in autumn. Hardy if planted deeply and mulched in most areas. Moist soil in sun. 1.5m.


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Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'

Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'£4.50

A very pretty form with denim blue flowers in big purple bracted spikes giving a good show long after each flower has fallen. Makes a fairly big clump in time to 30cm high. Ordinary soil in sun.


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