For centuries Salvias have been valued by cultures all over the world for both their aesthetic appeal and ease of culture as well as more utilitarian uses in culinary and medicinal applications. Salvias are members of the mint family, Lamiaceae and by far comprises the largest genus in that family. In recent years many species have been bred and introduced to the commercial market as they boast many of the valued characteristics required by our current climatic conditions.
Tolerating dry spells, growing easily in most soil types and free flowering throughout the warmer months, these wonderfully easy and adaptable plants come in so many forms and colours that in garden displays, designs using them alone are almost endless. In modern landscapes try creating a mixed border of companion plants such as perennial grasses, hardy day-lilies, the dainty but tough tulbaghia family, euphorbias, sedums and other succulents to combine for an upbeat, contemporary display. For owners of more period style homes, salvias are so easy to blend into a romantic yet hardy design using such water wise companions as roses, lavender, agapanthus and rosemary. Whatever your preference, there will be a salvia to suit.
Rapidly growing in popularity, salvias are by no means new to the scene but the many new varieties available do give us more reliable performance and neater appearances. This does not mean more traditional varieties are without merit as all have much to offer and by trying one or two selections, you will open a door to wide world of sustainable and beautiful gardening choices. A terrific choice, too, for those wishing to entice more birds, bees and beneficial insects to their gardens. Browse through our large collection to see the wide selection available.