Salvias: Your Next Garden Obsession
Phwoar. Look at those colours.
Salvias have been a garden designer’s secret for years. Small bushes of delicate jewel-coloured flowers that have one of the longest flowering times around – all the way from spring into mid-autumn. No wonder Team Sproutl’s gardens are full of them.
Intensely coloured members of the mint family, salvias smell beautiful and instantly brighten any planting scheme. Spectacular when planted in a group, and working very hard when dotted amongst a bed.
Salvias are an ideal choice for adding colour to your beds and pots, and will keep your garden vibrant and fabulous for the entire season.
"Intensely coloured members of the mint family, salvias smell beautiful and instantly brighten any planting scheme."
Planting and Care
In spring, as soon as any danger of frost has passed.
Salvias like full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. They prefer well-drained soil. In fact, salvias thrive in poor soil and can take quite a lot of neglect.
Water the ground well, then make a small hole in the soil a little larger than the pot your salvia comes in. Carefully remove the plant from its pot, gently loosen its roots with your fingers, and place it into the hole. ‘Back fill’ soil around it and pat until your salvia is firmly tucked in. Give it one last water for luck.
Official advice is to plant salvias 1 to 2 feet apart, but we’ve also found that a group planted closer together can survive well and look stunning.
Salvias do very well in pots. Plant in good quality container compost, adding horticultural grit, or placing bits of broken pot or stones in the bottom to ensure good drainage.
Our salvias are quite hardy, surviving winter temperatures down to 6°C before bouncing back into flower in spring. Reaching their full height in 2-3 years’ time, salvias benefit from a prune in early spring, and ‘dead heading’ throughout the summer.
Salvias planted in pots will be very grateful if you give them a feed in spring.