Friday, 15 July 2011

The Sages for warm climates;

Salvia guarantica, this one sports dark purple flowers. Can grow up to 2 m high and is an all year bloomer if you let it. I prune it lightly from time to time to keep it flowering.

Salvia uliginos, Bog Salvia; a very reliable bloomer all summer long. The flowers are a stunning sky blue. It tends to grow with underground rhizomes and has to be culled from time to time.

This is one of the most beautiful Salvias.The photo does not do it justice. The flowers are a dark blue with black calyxes. It also grows tall and is also easily propagated from green cuttings like many of the others.

Salvia perberula; the Rosebud Salvia is very showy. It grows 2 m long arms headed by up to 30 cm long flower stalks.The calyxes look like small bells from where the quite big dark pink flowers emerge. It is a stunning plant. Propagate in summer from cuttings.

Salvia greggii is very beautiful and flowers freely on a bush of about 1m high.

Salvia madrensis; wonderful yellow flowers. Splendid bush up to 2m. Flowers all summer long and has also attractive leaves. Propagates easily from cuttings or from root divisions.

A view of the garden;

I have many more Salvias which I will show in my next post

Salvia is the largest genus in the mint family with some 900 species of annuals, perennials and soft-wooded shrubs, including culinary and medicinal herbs as well as garden ornamentals. Many outstanding South and Central American species have been brought into cultivation just since the 1980's.

Believe it or not:
The seed is hope; the flower is joy.