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Leaning salvia and flopped over scabiosa

Hi all. A month ago I planted some sage plants and a few scabiosa in a new built bed. They have come on really well but the sage is growing on the ‘wonk’ like the tower of Pisa, and the scabiosa after looking wonderful have all fallen over and look terribly sad. Despite lovely weather, We have had an awful amount of wind - could this be the issue? Thanks!


  • foxwalesfoxwales Posts: 69
    Yep, wind is likely the cause unless you haven't been watering.  Re-site, live with it, or grow some natural windbreaks by introducing shrubs.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Yes, the windier, the floppier. Growing windbreaks may be a long term option but I use a variety of plant supports which may be bought or home made.
  • Great - thanks both, I had assumed this may be the issue. I don’t really have the option to re-site, so I think as long as they’re healthy I’ll ‘live with it’ for now, but will start work on a wind break. Our design should see a trellis going up near so I can hopefully help with that. Assume once the wind is diverted they’ll straighten naturally? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,910
    How are they planted @steven.g.garner? Have they been well established and watered in?
    Sometimes it's that simple - bit dry, floppy,  and therefore easily uprooted and dislodged. Despite their liking for free draining conditions, they still need to be well watered in until then  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,459
    They might, but it's more likely that they'll just turn their heads up so the stems will be even more wonky. Some twiggy sticks or a bamboo cane or two with some twine should do the trick, depending on how big they are.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    They don't usually right themselves once they are down. You can prop them up as best as you can but take it as a warning for next year and get supports in during early spring. The growth will soon hide the supports and it will look fine.
  • Thanks all! @Fairygirl they’re really well watered, they’re my first and pretty much only plants currently so I’ve been very caring! I’ll get some twine and cane and have a go at propping them
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