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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'£5.00

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 'Nachtvlinder'

Salvia 'Nachtvlinder'£4.50

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 'Waverly'

Salvia 'Waverly'£5.00

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 involucrata 'Hadspen'

Salvia involucrata 'Hadspen'£4.50

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'£4.50

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 nemorosa 'Amethyst'

Salvia nemorosa 'Amethyst'£4.50

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'£5.00

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 pratensis 'Twilight Serenade'

Salvia pratensis 'Twilight Serenade'£4.00

A rich royal blue selection with spires of largish flowers to 45cm in late spring and early summer. Drained soil in full sun.


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Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica

Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica£3.50

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£5.00

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 x jamensis 'La Luna'

Salvia x jamensis 'La Luna'£4.50

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'£4.50

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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Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhügel'

Salvia x sylvestris 'Blauhügel'£4.50

AGM An excellent clear blue form producing many spikes of flowers from May until midsummer and then sporadically later. Can be cut back after the first flush to promote more. Drained soil in sun. 40cm.


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