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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 'African Sky'

Salvia 'African Sky'£5.50

Stunning sky blue flowers from spring to autumn on this modern S. chamelaeagnea hybrid from New Zealand. Scented foliage is a bright, fresh green. 60cm in a sunny spot with good, drained soil. Probably not fully hardy.


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Salvia 'Belhaven'

Salvia 'Belhaven'£5.00

Bright red flowers over many months on this shrubby hybrid with distinctly more rounded, larger leaves than the typical Mexican types. Drained soil in full sun. Warm, sheltered position. ?Hardiness?


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Salvia 'Christine Yeo'

Salvia 'Christine Yeo'£5.00

One of the earlier shrubby salvia hybrids with a low habit, dark leaves and clouds of rich purple flowers from mid summer to the first frosts. Suckering. 50cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Salvia 'Dyson's Joy'

Salvia 'Dyson's Joy'£5.00

AGM Delightful pale pink flowers, the lower lip fading to near white as it goes over. Shrubby habit to 45cm, for a well drained soil in a sheltered sunny spot.


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Salvia 'Joan'

Salvia 'Joan'£5.00

A stunning, hardy, Salvia involucrata hybrid makes an upright bushy plant with spires of brilliant deep almost purplish pink flowers to 90cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Salvia 'Little Azur'

Salvia 'Little Azur'£5.00

A compact shrubby plant with small deep green leaves and light lavender flowers from midsummer. Well drained soil in a sunny position.


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Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'

Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'£5.00

AGM. Luxurious deep purple flowers all summer and autumn on this excellent, hardy, shrubby sage. Slightly suckering so able to survive colder winters. Drained soil in sun. 60cm.


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Salvia 'Royal Bumble'

Salvia 'Royal Bumble'£5.00

AGM Rich luxuriant red flowers of a good size on this fairly hardy shrubby sage with equally deep green leaves. Well drained soil in full sun for best results. 60cm.


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Salvia 'Trelawney'

Salvia 'Trelawney'£5.00

Bright coral reddish-pink flowers over a long season on this fairly hardy shrubby Mexican hybrid sage. Full sun and well drained soil out of cold winds. 75cm.


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Salvia 'Waverly'

Salvia 'Waverly'£4.00

TENDER An eyecatching hybrid with masses of racemes of purple calyces and white flowers flushed with pale lavender. May be worth trying outside in a warm sunny, sheltered garden but overwinter frost free to be safe. 50cm.


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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 confertiflora

Salvia confertiflora£6.50

HALF-HARDY. Woody based herbaceous sage with big matt green leaves and spires of orange-red furry flowers to 1.8m from midsummer to autumn. Overwinter as cuttings or grow in a big pot and keep frost-free.


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Salvia involucrata 'Hadspen'

Salvia involucrata 'Hadspen'£5.00

Syn. 'Hardy Form'. New to us but supposedly hardy form of this spectacular sage with upright spikes of big bright pink tubular flowers that will arch over as they mature. Reddish stems and veins. Well drained, warm sheltered position in sun. 1.5m.


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Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi'

Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi'£5.00

AGM Brilliant glowing magenta pink flowers on a bushy plant to 60cm. Leafier than some types. For a well drained soil in full sun and a sheltered position.


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Salvia microphylla var. neurepia

Salvia microphylla var. neurepia£4.50

A special form we have grown for many years with brilliant scarlet flowers, dark stems and small shiny leaves. Shrubby habit, for a well drained sheltered spot. More or less hardy. 60cm.


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Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica

Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica£4.00

Well known short-lived sage with branched stems of light lavender flowers with large pinkish bracts in summer. Self seeder for drained soils in full sun. 75cm.


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Salvia semiatrata Zucc.

Salvia semiatrata Zucc.£6.50

Stunning blue flowers with a near black lower lip from reddish calyces on an upright shrubby plant from midsummer to autumn. Very well drained soil, may require winter protection. 1.2m.


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Salvia uliginosa

Salvia uliginosa£4.00

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 uliginosa 'Ballon Azul'

Salvia uliginosa 'Ballon Azul'£5.00

A recent German selection of this clear blue flowered species that grows to about half normal height, so around 1m tall. Good soil in sun or light shade. Deep mulch overwinter.


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Salvia verticillata 'Alba'

Salvia verticillata 'Alba'£4.00

syn. 'White Rain'. The beautiful white flowered form of this front of the border favourite produces masses of it's whorled flower stems all summer to 40cm. Cut back if needed. Drained soil in sun. Easy and hardy.


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Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'

Salvia verticillata 'Hannay's Purple'£4.00

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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Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'

Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'£5.00

One of the older introductions of this hybrid with lovely pale yellow flowers all summer and into autumn. Well drained soil in a warm sunny spot. 50cm.


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Salvia x jamensis 'Peter Vidgeon'

Salvia x jamensis 'Peter Vidgeon'£5.00

Attractive pink flowers on this sub-shrubby sage which flowers for months on end. Hardier than many, it's survived -16C with good drainage here. Full sun, to 50cm.


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