‘Collingwood Ingram’ was collected by its namesake in Corsica. Its glossy green leaves are finer leaves than most and carries rich blue flowers for many autumn, winter and spring months. This cultivar has a slightly trailing habit but can be slipped into a hedge or ball.
Another newly imported grey leaved Californian Salvia which makes a dense evergreen shrub some 120cm tall by as much across. This is smaller and better behaved than the popular Salvia 'Celestial Blue'. 60cm tall flower spikes carry whorls of lavender-blue flowers.
An exciting new hybrid imported from the south of France, which makes low evergreen mounds of grey, sage like foliage with intensely fragrant leaves. Soft mauve blue white throated flowers in spring and summer.
This evergreen shrubby species from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco where it grows in lightly shaded woodland as well as more exposed rocky sites. It makes a tidy 60cm by 60cm plant well clothed with three lobed leaves.
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.
Salvia leucantha, in all its forms, is the most important Salvia species in our garden during late summer and autumn. This pure white variety is a star in a new rose garden Criss and I have just planted.
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.
A dwarfer form of Salvia mexicana which we’ve had in the garden for over a decade. It makes well-foliaged shrubby growth to about a metre tall by a metre wide. As it is very vigorous it will do this in the first season.
A smaller growing form of the well known S. Mexicana with dark calyces and deep violet flowers. It flowers earlier than the others of its clan. Happy in any sheltered well drained sunny or lightly shaded spot. 120cm by 100cm.
Raised by the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, Salvia ‘Amethyst’ makes strong vertical spikes of rich amethyst pink flowers from spring into mid summer when we cut it to the ground to encourage a repeat flowering in Autumn.
Softer and more nearly true blue than other Salvia nemorosa types this is a wonderful addition to the group. Gentle mauve-blue flower spikes are produced on a tidy low growing plant from spring until winter.
This is the most popular of these terrific hybrid Salvias in Europe, and it performs outstandingly in Australian gardens. S. ‘Caradonna’ distinguishes itself by holding its rich violet flower spikes on stiff black stems. It has done very well in our dry garden this year.
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 is the best Salvia nemorosa I know. It resulted from a cross between Salvia nemorosa ssp tesquicola ‘Kate Glenn’( a Lambley selection) and Salvia nemorosa ‘Viola Klose’. The large bracts make this plant distinct from other Salvia nemorosa clones.
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.
There aren’t many good white flowered salvias. Salvia ‘Snow Hills’ is a sport of S. ‘Blue Hills’ (Blauhugel) and makes dwarf tidy clumps of stiff upright stems which carry spikes of clean white flowers.
An import from Europe with particularly elegant spikes of rich violet-blue flowers enclosed in persistent purple bracts. One of our best new plants. The first flush of flowers is in the spring and early summer.