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A new hardy perennial with vivid Royal purple flowers emerging from black calyces on upright stems to 1m high over a long summer period, from May till frost. Sun.
Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy' (new)
A splendid Californian S. leucantha hybrid with white and palest lavender flowers emerging from rich-blue calyces on nodding 30cm spikes over a very long season in late-summer/autumn. A bushy green leaved perennial, this is one of the finest of modern salvias. Take cuttings in autumn in case of extreme cold, but actually proven very hardy in American trials. Height 1.8m, spread 1.8m.
Salvia chamaedryoides Silver form
A very silver leaved, blue flowered Mexican shrublet to 30cm high and about 50cm across. The combination of silver-grey small leaves and masses of deep blue flowers is a delight. Fairly hardy, this needs a sunny well drained spot. This could be likened to a blue flowered, silver leaved S. greggii.
Salvia chamaedryoides var. isochroma
A silver leaved, blue flowered Mexican shrublet to 30cm high and about 50cm across. The combination of silver-grey small leaves and masses of deep blue flowers is a delight. Fairly hardy, this needs a sunny well drained spot. This could be likened to a blue flowered, silver leaved S. greggii.
The longest flowered Salvia in the world (up to 11cm!), this tall growing species from S. Peru and N. Bolivia is not known in the wild. Elongated heart shaped foliage is up to 18cm long and plants reach 1.8 to 2.5m. The huge lax clusters of vertically dangling intense scarlet hairy flowers from red-black calyces are borne continuously from summer to winter. Happiest moist and cool, with no frost.
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Makes a broad, rounded clump of fairly shiny vivid green foliage, topped by rich blue flowers from virtually black calyces from late summer. Height to about 1.3m. Mulch over the base of this perennial South American species if you are concerned about cold; it is nearly fully hardy. This is the real deal and not the big bruiser that masquerades as such.
Salvia macrophylla Purple leaf form (new)
Also known as Upright form in the USA, this is taller and more upright than the original clone in cultivation and with longer inflorescences of vibrant deep-blue, this reaches 1.5m high. Large triangular green leaves are deep-purple beneath. From Peru, this is not hardy, but cuttings root very easily and seed is produced in abundance. Replant in spring after frosts have passed..
Salvia microphylla F&M 157 (new)
A form with brilliantly vivid red flowers over a typically hugely long period in summer and autumn. Flowers are not as huge as some modern cultivars, but the intensity of colour is outstanding, being a striking, vivid, non-fading, vibrant crimson. Makes a low dense bush, wider than high, for a sunny, warm, well drained spot. Survived Jan 09 outside.
Salvia serboana (syn. vitifolia)
A relatively new introduction from the mountain forests of Oaxaca, Mexico, this close relation of S. patens has much bigger, softly hairy, triangular foliage and strong growth to 1.8m in one season. Large intense deep blue flowers in late summer atop the stems. This has proved totally hardy for Robin Middleton in Bagshot, Surrey. Sun or semi-shade, not too scorched and dry.
Salvia stachydifolia CDPR 3071
Collected in Argentina, making a hardy herbaceous perennial and reaching 1.5 x 1.5m and flowering from June until frost. Soft, light blue flowers with a white blotch come from graphite-blue tinged calyces. Even more flowers come if dead headed. Very attractive, if you ask me. For sun or semi-shade.
A recent introduction from Oaxaca, Mexico, this pretty species has so far proven hardy, making a spreading plant (as the name would suggest) for semi-shade, coming as it does from cloud forest. Masses of long, slim, terracotta-orange flowers seen over a very long period in summer on a plant to 60cm tall.
Salvia uliginosa 'Ballon Azul'
A lower growing selection from Germany, reaching 1m only. Dazzling azure blue flowers in late summer and autumn on upright slender stems. Warm, sunny position and not too dry soil. Mulch in winter if you are very cold.
Salvia x jamensis 'Peter Vidgeon'
Bright lavender-pink flowers from dark calyces over a very long period in summer-autumn (i.e. June to November). A twiggy bush to 1m. Fairly hardy, given sun and drainage.
Sanguisorba 'Lemon Splash' (new)
Green foliage is speckled with bright yellow. Maroon thimble-flowers high above the foliage on 75cm stems in late summer/early autumn.
Rounded maroon flower heads on 30cm stems. Forms a spreading clump. Sun or part shade, not too dry.
Sanguisorba applanata (new)
A superb foliage plant with sumptuous masses of ground covering, bold, pale blue-grey pinnate leaves to 50cm tall, very much in the style of Melianthus major. Occasional heads of white flowers in summer are completely irrelevant. Hardy and easy; spreading to form a splendid patch in sun or semi shade.
A Burnet with wine-red tassel flowers in summer. Attractive grey-green foliage. Height to 90 cm. Sun or part shade.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Stand Up Comedian' (new)
A particularly good form of the species with strong upright stems topped by drooping white catkins in summer. Finley divided pinnate green leaves are most attractive. Sun and moister soil, though actually rather tolerant. 1.5m
Sanguisorba tenuifolia DTHC 535 (new)
A richly flowered selection with dark maroon 'catkins' atop strong and sturdy upright stems over finely divided foliage in August. Sun and moister soil, though actually rather tolerant. 1.5m.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia Tall pale pink (new)
A very strong form with pale pink drooping 'catkins' atop sturdy upright stems to 1.8m tall, over finely divided foliage in August. Sun and moister soil, though actually rather tolerant.
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