This stunning new Salvia is a seedling of S. ‘Alegria’ which is itself a hybrid between S. microphylla and S. dichlamys. ‘Alegria’s Child’ carries flame pink flowers in dark calyces on 30cm stems held well above a leafy plant some 120cm tall by as much across.
Very few flowers are as dreamy as this. We have a sea of its ethereal powder sky blue flowers in the centre aisles of the vegetable garden where it is the most commented planting in the garden at its height in autumn. S.
This hybrid between two Californian species, Salvia clevelandii and S. leucophylla, makes a markedly aromatic grey leaved shrub which during spring and summer produces 40cm tall stems carrying whorls of mauve-blue flowers. It is happiest in a spot in full sun.
‘Garcia Lorca’ makes a compact evergreen shrub some 70cm tall by a little more across densely clothed in grey leaves. Showy 30cm spikes of deep mauve-blue flowers spikes are produced from mid-spring into summer.
I’ve grown Salvia involucrate ‘Bethelii for many years and it has a permanent place in our double borders where it shines during late summer and autumn. Salvia involucrate ‘Joan’ has better, deeper green leaves and more pleasing , deeper rich pink flowers.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the silver foliaged Salvias, S. ‘Figueroa’ makes an evergreen shrub some 120cm tall by as much across. 30cm tall flower stems display whorls of lavender-pink flowers from mid-spring until mid-summer.
This is one of the most telling of all the summer/autumn flowering salvias. It was the most admired plant in our garden last season. We are always besieged by inquiries to purchase the plant when it flowers in the autumn.
We imported this from Olivier Filippi’s nursery in the South of France. It has all the virtues of the species and carries long stems of soft salmon-pink, cream throated flowers which age over time to a creamy peach-pink.
We raised this variety several years ago and named it for the late Enid Tinney who was a good and generous friend of ours. Salvia ‘Enid’ carries 60cm tall spikes of deep amethyst violet tinted flowers for many months from mid-spring until autumn.
This hybrid between Salvia nemorosa ssp tesquicola and Salvia ‘Wesuwe’ is one of our most stunning performers. It has the early flowering habit and dark flowers of the latter and the showy bracts of the former. A terrific plant which I named for my daughter.
This new dwarf Sedum from California carries its large showy heads of deep pink flowers on a bushy 35cm tall by 40cm wide plant. This seedling of S. ‘Brilliant’ is the shortest of all the S. spectabile forms.
This tough plant as happy at the seaside as it is in cold inland gardens. Growing to 2 metres tall by near as much across it produces large fragrant yellow pea flowers on 45cm long terminal racemes for many months during late spring and summer.