All about Salvias

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All about Salvias

May 20, 2022

Perennial Salvias are mainstays of the midsummer garden border, blooming from May through to October. Planted in the spring, these aromatic beauties are great for cutting. They are loved by bees and butterflies—plus are drought-tolerant!

Salvias are a favourite of ours at Bumbles, and here’s why:

“Salvia is a genus of plant that has many uses around the garden and our living spaces. The name derives from the Latin “Salve’” – “To Heal”, and its presence is found to be joyful, calming and rewarding.

Watering varies among the different salvias, but most prefer to dry out between watering to a ½ inch (1 cm.) deep. Add slow-release plant food to encourage growth and more flowering spikes. Salvias flower on spiky racemes or panicles rising above the plant, so when blooms are spent, remove these spikes to encourage additional flowering.

Salvias make great patio pot plants as they love the sun, and bees adore them, so wonderful for biodiversity! Make sure you have good drainage in the pot, cut back straggly growth in the winter and the following year you will have such an impressive pot full to brighten up any sunny area.

We group salvia into their species – we all know ‘Salvia officinalis’ which is common sage used in cooking. But the popular ornamentals are grouped fairly simply:

  • ‘Salvia nemerosa’, also known as Woodland Sage or Balkan Clary. Popular varieties include ‘Caradonna’, ‘Ostfreisland’. Grow this variety in light, moderately fertile soil, moist but well drained. Flowers from May until late Autumn.
  • ‘Salvia greggi’, also known as Autumn Sage. Popular varieties include ‘Hot Lips’, ‘Clotted Cream’ and ‘Blue Note’. Prefers to be grown in full sun, fertile but well drained soil. Flowers from mid to late summer until the first frosts.
  • Salvia hybrida’ has popular varieties of ‘Love & Wishes’, ‘Wendy’s Wish’ and ‘Kisses & Wishes’. This variety produces lovely bushy plants. It is very well suited to container growing. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Flowers reliably from May to October.
  • ‘Salvia x superba’ or Hybrid Sage. Popular varieties include ‘Mainacht’, ‘Merleau Rose’ or ‘Merleau White’. This variety is one of the hardiest varieties of sage. You can grow these in nice fertile but well drained soil, preferably in full sun. Long lasting spikes of flowers lasting from June to September.”

We have lots of Salvia in stock at Bumbles, please visit and have a browse to locate your favourite!

Varieties of Salvia at Bumbles, June 2021 Varieties of Salvia at Bumbles, June 2021

A sea of Salvias at Bumbles, May 2022

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