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Best Salvias to grow?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 719

Hi guys,

I grew Salvia Sylvestris Rose Queen this year as was quite underwhelmed with the size and performance. It bloomed only for a very short period in early summer and after flowering I cut it back by half and it didn't come back and reflower.

So I was wondering if you could recommend any with a long bloom period and around 3ft. Colour doesn't matter. Could you also help me out with what to do to keep them blooming all through the season?

Thanks :)



  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129

    I discovered salvia Amistad this year and it has been stunning and flowered again after a cut back. It has very dark purple flowers. Unfortunately I had to cut it right down as it got blown over in strong gales we had a few weeks back. I'm hoping it will survive the winter under a good mulch. Thankfully I took cuttings earlier in the year and they are coming along nicely too.  Salvias seem to be a favourite plant with forum members so I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestion, Hotlips has been mentioned a few times. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526

    My hotlips is hardy here in the East Midlands.  Amistad is still flowering and is at five foot this year. It will be lifted and overwintered in the greenhouse. I have no cuttings off it this year, every shoot is flowering.

  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129

    Fb is it usual to lift and overwinter salvias in a sheltered place? I'm in the Lytham st Annes area in the NW, our winters are usually mild. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Bright Star,  I am just across the river from you at Hesketh Bank, just lifted 3 huge Amistad, Black & Blue, Joan, salvia greggii and others.  Just come in for a brew.

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 719

    Amistad does look gorgeous but I think a little too big for my garden which is a shame.

    Richard, I had nearly bought Black and Bloom at the weekend which is apparently an improved version of black and blue. It was only £3 but stupidly I left it as I didn't know how good it was but reading the reviews it's apparently an excellent bloomer!

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,964

    I grew Salvia Fairy Queen from seed this year and saved plenty of seed for next year.
    Lovely bushy plants that got to about 2ft


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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,258

    I like Salvia Caradona, which is hardy, grows to about 2 - 3 foot and is long flowering.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129

    id better get a wriggle on and dig them up!  We did have frost last night and expected tonight too. Great bird watching over at  Hesketh Bank, spent many happy hours looking at Waders on the shore. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Bright starBright star Posts: 1,129

    Fairy Queen added to my ever longer list? What a beauty!

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

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