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Which is your favourite salvia?

IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
And why?

I’ve only got hot lips which I do like for the dainty flowers that last a good long time and the fact that’s it’s so easy to maintain and keep going with propagation in case it doesn’t come through the winter. 

Recommend another to me for good reasons if you can. Thanks.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,935
    Of the Shrubby salvia types, "So Cool Pale Blue" has got to be up there, due to the colour. Like "Hotlips" l find it easy to propagate.
    t's very difficult to choose though. Am l only allowed to choose one ?
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,249
    Of those I have, I actually really like the herb - Salvia officinalis. Very find of S. 'Amistad' too, even though it's everywhere!
    Of those I don't have, I covet S. x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'. Whenever I see it I think it looks great, I always notice it.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    Feel free to have more than one ☺️. It’s just that I only have one so of course it’s my favourite salvia. 
    I’ll be looking these up to add to my wanted list.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,103
    Well as you have already picked hot lips, Salvatore Blue is doing well for me. A low growing ground cover only in its second year, but came through winter without trouble. 
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    Anything woody - all beautiful colours, need nothing except a trim in spring, flower until November, bees adore them, what's not to like? 
    I've got amethyst lips, hot lips, and I don't know the names of the rest, but one's a salmon pink with bigger flowers, there's a purple one, and two pink & cream ones.
    I really need a blue one. As if it would be just one.. 😄
  • FireFire Posts: 17,341
    edited June 2022
    I'd appreciate it if we could hold off slagging off the ones we don't like.

    Are we talking of bushy salvias? I don't have much experience with other leafy kinds. My main one is Royal Bumble, and it's one of my top five ever plants. They are all easy to take from cuttings. My neighbourhood has been fully Bumbled. Flowers from April to the frosts, really pretty hardy, loved by bees (obvs), a proper red. I like that it is upright and doesn't sucker or sprawl (at least in my exp.).

    One I would love to get at some point is Clotted Cream. I grew Lemon Pie, which has a similarly light, creamy flower - very elegant. I can't speak much for the habit of either.

    I've grown Hot Lips for the last ten years or so and the local kids really love it. The pattern seems to really entice non-gardeners into wanting to try growing it - and that's good enough for me.

    I'm trying Nachtvlinder for the first time this year, in a raised bed, and it sprawling and falling all over the place. I will have to move it. The colour is great and insects go crazy for it.

    I have Blue Note too and hope it will do well once established.

    All the bushy salvias seem to do really well as cut flowers. None seems to get hammered by slugs, unlike the more herbaceous types, which never returned for me.
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Salvia patens is the most amazing blue.
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    @Fire, does the blue note get slug attention?
  • FireFire Posts: 17,341
    edited June 2022
    None of my bushy salvias get much slug attention, although the Blue Note is in quite a high raised bed. Does anyone's shrubby Ss get slugged?

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,475
    Salvia blue note. Deep, vivid purplish blue
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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