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hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

Can anyone recommend a hardy perennial salvia which will survive a Scottish winter? Garden is relatively sheltered but have not managed yet to get one to survive another year. 

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  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    I'm finding that Salvia Royal Bumble is holding up particularly well Hogweed.  I'm glad since I've forgotten to take some cuttings.  It's in a sunny well drained part of the garden, where Salvia Amistad fails each year.  I'm in Edinburgh btw.  

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,741

    Salvia caradonna is a good hardy variety.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    A lot depends on your soil, rather than geography. I live on the famously mild Isle of Wight, but with waterlogged clay soil, there aren't many salvias that can survive a winter.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    I've found caradonna to be a success tooimage  

  • I've had a Hotlips outside in a large pot for the last 3 winters up here in the Pennines and it has survived OK with snow and frost at times.

    It got too big to go in the GH, so I took cuttings and left it out to take its chances. This is probably your safest course of action too, if you have anywhere to keep them till spring, as ones like Amistad, African Skies and Neon all root easily and grow quite fast and this is how I keep mine going.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,759

    I've lost Hotlips several  times in the cold winters of SW France, but Salvia Blauhugel and Caradonna have survived and are now several years old.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Caradonna it is then if I can find it online. May take a trip to the faraway garden centre this weekend and see if they have it in or can suggest any more. Thanks for all your help.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • AngieRAngieR Posts: 347

    I don't know where you live Hogweed but S. Caradonna is quite wildly available in the GCs round me but I'd hold of for a few weeks yet as those will look decided dead in their pots right now.  I forgot to add that both S.x Sylvestris Rose Queen and Blue Queen do well here too. 

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