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Salvia chamaedryoides Silver form

A very silver leaved, blue flowered Mexican shrublet to 30cm high and about 50cm across. The combination of silver-grey small leaves and masses of deep blue flowers is a delight. Fairly hardy, this needs a sunny well drained spot. This could be likened to a blue flowered, silver leaved S. greggii.

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Salvia chamaedryoides var. isochroma

A silver leaved, blue flowered Mexican shrublet to 30cm high and about 50cm across. The combination of silver-grey small leaves and masses of deep blue flowers is a delight. Fairly hardy, this needs a sunny well drained spot. This could be likened to a blue flowered, silver leaved S. greggii.

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Salvia dombeyi (new)

The longest flowered Salvia in the world (up to 11cm!), this tall growing species from S. Peru and N. Bolivia is not known in the wild. Elongated heart shaped foliage is up to 18cm long and plants reach 1.8 to 2.5m. The huge lax clusters of vertically dangling intense scarlet hairy flowers from red-black calyces are borne continuously from summer to winter. Happiest moist and cool with no frost.

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Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Makes a broad, rounded clump of fairly shiny vivid green foliage, topped by rich blue flowers from virtually black calyces from late summer. Height to about 1.3m. Mulch over the base of this perennial South American species if you are concerned about cold; it is nearly fully hardy. This is the real deal and not the big bruiser that masquerades as such.

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Salvia guaranitica Small form (new)

A lower growing form, making a broad, rounded clump of fairly shiny vivid green foliage, topped by rich blue flowers from very dark calyces from late summer. Height under 1m. Mulch over the base of this perennial South American species if you are concerned about cold; it is nearly fully hardy.

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Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'

Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'

A beautiful hardy herbaceous sage. Indigo blue flowers from dark calyces in summer. Height 60cm. Sun

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Salvia regla

Salvia regla

A mass of large, bright scarlet flowers with inflated orange-red calyces are produced from July until frost over small deltoid leaves on this shrubby sage, making a compact but upright plant to about 1.2m. For a sheltered, well drained, sunny position but ideally best in a pot, overwintered in a cool glasshouse etc. Native of Mexico and a small part of Texas.

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Salvia serboana (syn. vitifolia)

A relatively new introduction from the mountain forests of Oaxaca, Mexico, this close relation of S. patens has much bigger, softly hairy, triangular foliage and strong growth to 1.8m in one season. Large intense deep blue flowers in late summer atop the stems. This has proved totally hardy for Robin Middleton in Bagshot, Surrey. Sun or semi-shade, not too scorched and dry.

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Salvia stachydifolia CDPR 3071

Collected in Argentina, making a hardy herbaceous perennial and reaching 1.5 x 1.5m and flowering from June until frost. Soft, light blue flowers with a white blotch come from graphite-blue tinged calyces. Even more flowers come if dead headed. Very attractive, if you ask me. For sun or semi-shade.

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Salvia stachydifolia Dark blue calyx (new)

A highly variable species, this Argentinean beauty has proved hardy in the UK. A large plant, up to 2.5m tall by 1.8m across in one season, this comes into its own in late summer autumn, when the deep blue flowers from dark calyces are borne in great profusion.

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Salvia stachydifolia Lavender calyx (new)

A highly variable species, this Argentinean beauty has proved hardy in the UK. A large plant, up to 2.5m tall by 1.8m across in one season, this comes into its own in late summer autumn, when the blue flowers from lavender calyces are borne in great profusion.

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Salvia uliginosa

Dazzling azure blue flowers in late summer and autumn on upright slender stems to 2m. Warm, sunny position and not too dry soil. Mulch in winter if you are very cold, but otherwise hardy.

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Salvia uliginosa 'Ballon Azul'

Salvia uliginosa 'Ballon Azul' (new)

A lower growing selection from Germany, reaching 1m only. Dazzling azure blue flowers in late summer and autumn on upright slender stems. Warm, sunny position and not too dry soil. Mulch in winter if you are very cold.

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Salvia x jamensis 'Peter Vidgeon' (new)

Bright lavender-pink flowers from dark calyces over a very long period in summer-autumn (i.e. June to November). A twiggy bush to 1m. Fairly hardy, given sun and drainage.

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Sanguisorba caucasica (new)

Good pale grey-green foliage and drooping white catkins of flower in mid to late summer on stems to 90cm. Hardy and easy in sun or semi-shade and not overly dry soil.

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Sanguisorba menziesii

A Burnet with wine-red tassel flowers in summer. Attractive grey-green foliage. Height to 90 cm. Sun or part shade.

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Sanguisorba obtusa 'Chatto'

Bold glaucous pinnate leaves and branched spikes of fluffy pink flowers in summer to 60cm tall. Forms spreading patches. Sun, not too dry.

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Sanguisorba officinalis 'Red Thunder'

A good floriferous form reaching about 1.5m and bearing masses of deep red bobble flowers in July/Aug. Sun or part shade. Not too dry a position.

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Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. parviflora

Sanguisorba tenuifolia var. parviflora

Drooping white 'catkins' in summer over very finely divided pinnate leaves. Makes good clumps to 1m high. Sun and moister soil.

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Scabiosa argentea PAB 892

An unusual species from SE Europe with finely divided grey-hairy leaves. Cream flower heads in summer. Height 50cm. Sunny well drained position. Very drought tolerant. This collection from Croatia.

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