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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 '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 'Joan'

Salvia 'Joan'£4.50

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 'Trelawney'

Salvia 'Trelawney'£5.50

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'£4.50

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 concolor

Salvia concolor£6.50

A striking large species making a bushy plant to 2.4m with soft green foliage and brilliant deep blue flowers in autumn on cobalt blue flowering stems. Sheltered sunny spot, mulch overwinter.


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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'£4.50

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 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 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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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 sylvestris 'Schneehugel'

Salvia x sylvestris 'Schneehugel'£4.50

A beautiful white flowered form making low mounds covered in short spires of flowers to 30cm. Drained soil in full sun. A real magnet for insects.


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