END OF SEASON COLOUR COLLECTIONS
As one of the species that is hardy, your salvias will brave the cold Winter and come into full flower between mid-Summer and Autumn.
Your salvias are ready to plant right now. Try not to leave them in their pots for more than a day or so. They get sad.
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 arranged closer 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/ 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 benefit from a feed in spring.