The ornamental Salvias or Sages (yes, all relatives of culinary Sage) are an exceptional group of garden plants that just keep on giving – masses of flowers that is.
Ian Barker Gardens used the vibrant blue ‘Caradonna’ in its Camberwell landscape design project to striking effect. Salvias are not just blue either; they are available in a huge variety of different colours and forms.
They flower continuously through the warmer months so it’s often difficult to pick a time to give them a tidy up without sacrificing blooms. All Salvias benefit from a good cut back during winter which encourages bushiness and more flowers in the future.
They’re tough, drought tolerant plants that are versatile to use in a garden design. They can be a major feature of a perennial flower garden or a splash of colour amongst a border of green hedges in a formal landscape.
Not only are they ideal landscape plants but bees love them.
And here’s a little bit of recent horticultural world news. Rosemary is now officially classified as a Sage – Salvia Rosmarinus.