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Super Scented Salvias!

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Fill your garden with clouds of colour and velvet-soft aromatic foliage that will last all through the Summer months.

Salvias are one of the most flexible plants you can add to your garden, available in a variety of heights and colours from pastel shades to hot pink, cherry red, indigo and deep purple.

The plant is part of the mint family, although commonly known as sage plants, with the herb variety used in cooking. They will grow happily in containers or flower borders. Salvias are also much-loved by pollinating insects, such as bees and butterflies.

There are some indigenous water-wise Salvias such as Salvia muirii, (Blue eyes) with blue and white flowers growing to 50cm that likes a position in full sun.
Golden Salvia (Salvia africana-lutea) grows to approximately 1.5m with grey foliage and yellow blooms, fading to brick red. This plant will thrive in full sun and benefits from pruning to keep it in check.

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Another indigenous Salvia is Salvia africana-caerulea (Blue-flowered sage) with blue flowers and very aromatic foliage. This variety will grow to 2m tall, needs full sun and pruning in Winter.

Water-wise Salvias are Canary island sage, (Salvia canariensis) having very attractive grey/green leaves and trusses of rose-red blooms on long, arching branches. This plant can reach 2m and by pruning back by two thirds after flowering you will encourage the plant to flower again in Autumn. Another full sun lover!

Autumn sage (Salvia Greggii) is a gorgeous 1m tall shrub with red flowers from Spring to Autumn. Other cultivars of this variety include ‘sweet lips’, with pink blooms, ‘neon pink’ with deep pink flowers and ‘red surprise’ with cerise flowers, all of which grow to 50cm tall.

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Salvias aren’t fussy, just give them space in a well-drained sunny spot and they’ll just keep on giving!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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