Salvia is a quick-growing, herbaceous perennial plant that can be planted in your garden and ordered online. Salvia flowers offer a variety of shades from purple to pink and the foliage is a dark to pale green. This evergreen perennial plant is low-maintenance and requires little care once planted. Salvia is perfect for growing in containers or inside the house because it has no spines or thorns. It can also be grown as a ground cover outdoors and will remain evergreen all year round. The flowers can be used for tea, jam, jelly, and even honey!
Salvia or sage are a large group of flowering plants that may be shrubs, perennials or annuals that are part of the Lamiaceae family. Salvias are widely distributed through Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
What is a Salvia?
Salvia are a diverse group of plants including half hardy and fully hardy forms and ranging in height from low type less than 0.5m tall to large ones than can be over 2m tall in flower. Plant habits also vary from clump forming to bushy and upright. Foliage is most often green but can be silvery or purpled. Flowers are tubular and attractive to bees and other pollinators with a wide range of flower types from loose racemes to tall spikes and in colours mainly blue and purple but also in white, cream, pink and red.
Where to plant Salvia?
Salvia like full sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. Smaller forms make great patio pots. Salvia can be used in garden borders to create cottage garden or perhaps Mediterranean garden looks.
How to care for a Salvia?
Water young and pot grown plants during dry spells. Salvias respond well to trimming and removing spent flowers. Trimming in spring and again in summer will give a long flowering season. Mulching after flowering has finished will help half hardy plants through the winter. Move pot grown plants to a frost free area over winter in colder parts of the country.