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The salvia border


By AndrewR


One part of my garden I have never shown you is the salvia border. When I first moved here, there was a fence separating the front and back gardens (now replaced with a trellis screen) with a narrow border in front of it. It faces due south and has very poor soil so was obviously a good place to grow sun-lovers. I struggled to get a cohesive look to it, but after visiting Kew Gardens and seeing their salvia border, decided it would be a good place to grow these plants. This is its second year and you can see they have settled in

It is now the second half of October and they are all still flowering well. Let’s look at the individual plants here
Salvia ‘Amistad’

Salvia ‘Cherry Pie’

Salvia ‘Christine Yeo’

Salvia ‘Nachtvlinder’

Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Salvia greggii ‘Purple Rain’

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Salvia patens ‘Guanajuato’

This has turned a problem area into one that practically looks after itself, and provides a long season of interest

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A lovely collection,Andrew,and glad they have proved themselves in your border. I think I might give these a try next year.They seem to be a very popular plant these days..

21 Oct, 2020


Splendid collection.

22 Oct, 2020


They do solve any problem about growing something in very dry sunny areas, and some many varieties to chose from. Lovely selection.

22 Oct, 2020


Aren't they gorgeous - I specially like the unusual purple one. They have an exotic look don't they.

22 Oct, 2020


Those salvias disappear during winter?

22 Oct, 2020


'Amistad' and 'Guanajuato' disappear, 'Purple Rain' and 'Hot Lips' are shrubby, and the rest make woody growth which stays through the winter. In spring they will all be cut back hard

22 Oct, 2020


Thank you for the answer :)

23 Oct, 2020


I have royal bumble too and it is a brilliant doer for me. I always take cuttings just in case...

24 Oct, 2020


A lovely collection. They are good doers, though I was upset when my Salvia Amistad didn't survive one winter. I must try again. I love the blue Guanajuato. I have Pink-lips
Cottage cream, pineapple sage now producing red flowers & a bog salvia which is currently flowering it's socks off. So pleased with this last. Yours are lovely plants.

4 Nov, 2020

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