Salvia invouterii ‘maroon’ grows to 1 metre, happy in sun and semi shade, very striking deep burgundy red flowers. Attracts birds. Very pretty en masse or mixed with other Salvias. After flowering cut back 50 %
Salvia gesneriflora or Belize Sage is another huge Salvia with scarlet flowers. This Salvia can reach up to 5 metres, but best to keep it cut back if in a windy area. Very impressive ‘back of the border’ Salvia. As with all Salvia’s, cut back after flowering, which it does prolifically. Loves full sun and tolerates semi shady spots.
Salvia mellifera(Black Sage) has a strong Salvia aroma and can be used for medicinal and culinary uses. Forms 1m high x 1m shrub with light blue flowers. As in all sages needs to be cut back twice a year for neatness. Hardy and requires full sun, sharp drainage.
Salvia coccinea ‘coral nymph’ Pretty coral pink flowers, self seeds nicely, cut back after flowering and keep the seeds!! Full sun or partial shade
- Salvia elegans ‘honey melon’ is a very close relative to Pineapple Sage. It is a lower grower and a great filler in and literally flowers all year. Like Pineapple Sage, the flowers and leaves have the fragrance and taste of Pineapples. Full sun but will tolerate semi shade. Height 60 cms and it tends to sprawl between other plants. Cut back after flowering.
Sage Pineapple will grow to 1.5 metres, allow space. The leaves and bright red flowers taste and have the aroma of pineapple. The sunbirds love this sage. If you suck the flower petals they are sweet and taste like pineapple! Flowers and leaves can be used as garnish or in drinks. Full sun, will tolerate semi shade. Cut back hard after flowering always above a new node.
Andean Sage. Silver grey leaves with almost black flowers on sticky flowering stems that catch little insects! Very pretty en masse and hardy. Full sun and trim from time to time, this is a Salvia that stays pretty neat. Will grow to 1 metre x 1 metre
Salvia coccinea ‘Lady in red’ is very similar to Salvia coccinea ‘coral nymph’ only it has scarlet red flowers and also self seeds nicely. Grows to 60 cms, happy in sun and partial shade and flowers profusely.
Salvia farinacea blue, also known as Victorian Sage. Another of my favourites. Not as tall as the big guys, grows to about 60 cms and enjoys full sun or partial shade. Great filler in.
Salvia elegans ‘honey melon’ is a very close relative to Pineapple sage, still having the pineapple fragrant leaves and flowers. It grows to 70 cms, is a great sprawling Salvia to fill in the gaps in the border, bees love it as they do all sages. Cut back after flowering.
Salvia involucrata bethelii has a fuzzy magenta, purply flower with shiny dark green leaves. A great performer as seems to flower all the time. Not a huge Salvia, will grow to about 60 cms, and loves full sun. A great filler in.
Salvia mexican limelight is a tall Salvia, reaching a metre plus with it’s lime green calyx and royal blue flowers. It catches the eye in the garden and is stunning in between other Salvias. Full sun or partial shade. Cut back after flowering.
Hemizigia obermeyerii is commonly known as the Indigenous Pink Sage. Very hardy and flowers it’s beautiful pink flowers towards Autumn. Grows into a large bush reaching over a metre high and is one of the Salvia’s that stays pretty neat in the landscape albeit a little trimming from time to time is always good. Full sun or partial shade.
There are three Salvias here. In the front Salvia officinalis ‘tricolour’, to the left Salvia officinalis ‘purpurea’ and to the right back, Salvia officinalis ‘icterina’. These Salvia’s all reach about 45 cms, and enjoy full sun and extremely well drained soil. All are closely related to Salvia officinalis (Garden Sage) and all are completely edible having an identical taste to the Garden Sage, they just add prettiness to the garden with their different coloured foliage. Don’t over water them.
Salvia apiana (Californian white sage) once established is very hardy but also requires sharp drainage and full sun. Has an extremely strong Sage aroma, can be used for culinary purposes, but is known for using in smudging ceremonies to clean energies in spaces. The culinary Salvias are high in thujone and therefore very good for the memory.
Perovskia atriplicifolia also known as Russian Sage. It grows to a metre plus high x 1 metre width, a very strategic plant especially when in flower with it’s silvery, finely toothed foliage and spires of blue flowers. Loves the sun. In the Cape it is pretty dormant in winter and is indigenous to the Middle East. Very hardy. Cut back after flowering and is a well known medicinal plant
Salvia africana lutea is indigenous and unusual in as far as it has a beautiful brown, goldy flower. Grey small leaves that when squeezed, have a distinct aroma. Robust grower, can grow to over 2 metres but best trimmed back into a neat shrub or hedge. Birds love this Salvia! Needs full sun and trimmed back hard after flowering.
Salvia leucantha purple is a favourite amongst landscapers. Over 1 m x 1m. It flowers pretty much throughout the summer but needs to be cut back hard after flowering, don’t be frightened! It will boune back again. Full sun.
Salvia involucrata ’boutin’ is another incredibly pretty Salvia. Velvety, emerald green leaves and a an unusual, fluffy pink flower with white lips that looks when flowering as if it is going to develop into a rose! Loves sun, especially against a hot, sunny wall and is a true eye catcher. Height is about 1m x 1m
Salvia gregii ‘magenta’ is a lower growing salvia, small deep green leaves with a very deep magenta flower. Height is 50 cms plus, full sun and flowers for long periods. Cut back after flowering.