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Here is Ms. "Hot Lips", Salviamicrophylla. It's a pleasure to see so many flowers on this plant. Last year I had only a few, but I did have it in a different location so maybe I've placed it in a more optimal location.
Here's Buchanan's sage, Salviabuchananii, the most intense magenta flowers I've seen, even more so than Rose campion. This salvia has cool shiny leaves and is just now starting to take off in growth in my garden.
Thank you, Barb! Most of my new salvia additions are late summer bloomers so it's a treat to see flowers so early in the year.
Here's S. napifolia, whose common name I do not know. I do know it is a huge bee and butterfly magnet, and is winter hardy in my garden. It has small flowers of light blue, and is a prolific seed maker.
I have two transplants coming along from seeds you traded to me of S. przewalskii and can't wait to get them in their new home out in the garden. I will have to mulch that one this fall if I want to see flowers next year.
Help! I bought Salvia Brenthurst for my window boxes.It's a lovely pale pinky peach. Brenthurst has bloomed for a month and now there are just little stubs all along the tall stem. Do I pick the little stubs off to get another bloom? Do I cut it down? Do I do nothing? Can I get another bloom? It's so beautiful, I really hope someone can help me.
I suspect the stubs you speak of are the seed calyces. You can snip off the flower stem if you don't want to save the seeds, this will stimulate more flower stems to be produced. Or if you want the seeds, you can wait for the seeds inside calyx ripen; they turn brown/blackish in color.
I checked my S. nemorosa 'Caradona' today, and it looks like the calyxes are falling off the stalk before the seeds ripen... Would it work to pick the stems while the seeds are still a little green, put them in a paper bag, and hope they continue to mature?
I shall have to hope I find some seeds to tempt you into a trade... LMK what you're looking for, and I'll start hunting!
I was just at the garden store and picked up a Salvia x hotlips! I have to say though, as is often the case,the color of the pictures doesn't do it justice. It seems more cherry red to me in person. It really is a beautiful plant. What zone is it hardy to? I am in zone 4a so I was thinking of trying to bring in under lights this fall.
Thanks for the info. Don't pay any attention to what I wrote. I know nothing about this plant except I couldn't pass by its beautiful flowers at the garden store this afternoon. I wonder if it will overwinter indoors? Salvia microphylla it is then. The tag on the plant was singularly unspecific about it - just a picture and Salvia Hot Lips
Cool! Thanks Gerris2. When I first saw the picture on the link I was wondering if I had the wrong plant because mine are all red. Interesting that the flowers change color depending on the time of year. Keep your fingers crossed!
You know it might be kind of fun to collect some seed from it and see what you would get as well. I wonder how tiny Salvia seed is.
Hello Gerris2, seem to me that you have quite a collection of salvias! If you were to be lucky collecting seeds, I would be very interested in a trade or two... let me know your interests. I am a growing lover of salvias!
Yes, by all means I will be collecting seeds if the plant make them. Let us keep in touch for trading! Do you have a list of what you have already? If so, please D-mail it to me and then I will know what not to offer to you. Thanks!
Thanks, Grikdog, but no, I'm just a growing enthusiast for this group. This year I went wild seed starting with the seeds of species I had collected or bought over the last couple of years, and it has been a learning experience. Do you receive email from the Salvia listserv on Yahoo? I learn so much from the big time enthusiasts there. I can send you the link to sign up if you want. Let me know, ok?
I just realized I've been following this thread avidly & enjoying each new picture, but I hadn't yet posted to say so. You've got quite a collection, there! If you have a salvia bed, I'd love to see a photo of the effect en masse.
I am afraid the garden is not as photogenic as the individual plants. I have them tucked in here and there and will need to do some rearranging this spring. Thank you for your kind words, critterologist!
The scent was so light and so beautiful. The color was amazing and the bees adored it. I'll have to remember it next spring. All of the salvias have a delicacy all their own. They almost remind me of the Columbine, not in flower, but in their grace.
I am really not a scholar on the cultivars of S. farinacea. The one you show in the picture is really lovely and I have some of the species in my garden too! I can check my salvia books to see if I can get a match, but it appears you have it pretty well nailed down.
This one just knocks my socks off and it is just now coming into bloom, it is Salviamexicana 'Limelight'. The plant is very tall and spreads out, and has produced these very long wands of flower stems adorned with the lemon/lime colored calyces. The lavender-deep blue flowers are just now starting to appear.
Here is Salviayunnanensis that I had gotten from Salvia Guy in a GW trade a couple years ago. The flower itself is small, but the plant throws out quite a few at one time so you get a good color impact. The lower lip is nicely streaked with a cream color. It tends to flop over but if planted between plants with stout stems it can get support from its neighbors.
Last one for now, a non-stop flowering species along with Lady in Red and Coral Nymph, this is Salviacoccinea 'Snow Nymph'. It has such pure white flowers that it is difficult for me to get a good image of it because the light meter gets fooled by the white flowers.
Gosh, I was thinking as I was scrolling down through and looking at the pictures that I didn't know there were so many salvia's. Then I read your post above, Joseph, saying there are 900 or more species of salvias. Gosh...time and space!! Great pictures.
Gerris2 which are the taller ones, and how tall do they get in full sun? I'd like to plan a bit for next year and Salvias are rapidly becoming an obsession. Ha, like I'm not obsessing over just about any plants I see.
If you know of taller reds, purples, pinks or BLUES, can you recommend any?
I don't know enough about them *yet* to have species questions, drat it! I was just hoping you could think of taller ones off the top of your head. I only have 2 growing here so far, and I know I will have many more in the future. I really like the 2 I have, but I keep wishing they were a bit taller.
This bloom looks like your mexicana a bit..discription for growth habit sounds the same...but the foilage seems different, the bloom is a deep blue black.
If it is ,indeed, something you don't have, I have seedlings available now...I am wild about your snow nympth, desperately seeking some salvia you dont have I can trade
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jackieshar Texas/Okla central b United States (Zone 7b)
I don't know the proper names for most of mine. I grow simply for the beauty in the plant. This is a great small white that doesn't get very tall, I grow it under the others. Could this be your alba? I wish now I had kept up with the names
The awesome blue in the first picture looks like Salvia guaranitica Black and Blue, what a great plant isn't it?? I love the intense coral color of your Coral Nymph. The white is very cool, to me it appears not to be Snow Nymph because the leaves seem different from that of Salvia coccinea which is the species for Coral Nymph and Snow Nymph. If any of these make seeds, we can trade for the Snow Nymph I have lots of seeds.
Salvia buchananii is only hardy to Zone 9 so it will be an annual for me. I shamelessly bought a plant but I can't say where in the forum...I like to grow my transplants from seeds but to tell you the truth I have not ever seen seeds offered for the species.
involucrata is just out of this world, you will LOVE it.
The mystery salvia grew to maybe 4 feet tall, looks just like a coccinea except for the height. Have you an idea what it is? It hasn't a leaf scent but I will check to verify my feeble memory.
You are in the zone to grow all the cool salvias, GGG!!
Salvia Darcyii for the mystery red?
I have the same salvia, I swear I do. It was also sent to me as salvia coccinea = no scented leaves, 4' tall, gorgeous. Makes loads of seed.
I don't know if Darcyii has scented leaves, my salvia book doesn't say (see Joseph, I even bought the BOOK!!).
Some of my salvias lived over summer, some bit the dust. Our heavy soil is dislikable to some, but at the price which I purchased them, it was well worth experimentation. They are just finding sea legs this summer, as I planted late. Next year I'm hoping for a spectacular showing!
P.S. I have an even taller red salvia. I have tried to see if I can get seeds from it. It stands 8" or so taller than guarantica and blooms only very late. I was told it was only hardy to zone 9...but so far, no hardiness problems here (and honestly, we are rated zone 7 too, but my garden has never behaved in a zone 7 manner).
I like the thoughts of it being S. darcyi. I will have to dig out my salvia book to do a comparison. Which book are you referring to, Betsy Clebsch's? It is awesome and there are a couple other references too that are helpful but they are written for British gardeners...still great information on the salvias however.
You are zone 7? Wow, maybe I should have hope that some of these tender salvias just might make it if I mulch them well.
I planted out Salvia yunnanensis I got at a local garden fair and can't wait to see its flowers. I saw a picture of them on the company's web site and they look like how I pictured the much desirable yet elusive S. hians' flowers. Also got another Chinese salvia at that garden fair but I forget its name at present time. They said it was winter hardy in Pennsylvania if grown in well drained soil. We shall see if they wake up this spring.
Thank you, Don, what a great picture you have there! Don't you love the pineapple fragrance of S. elegans?? Have you grown S. spathacea? That one is equally as fragrant, I am overwintering it indoors with hopes of seeing flowers this coming year.
My collection of salvias is still increasing and many of the fabulous plants you have and have shared here I do not have...yet...lol. But seeing them in this thread has indeed inspired me to put them on the 'must have' list. I've got S. dorisiana in my greenhouse right now in hopes to see it flower, but the foliage has the most wonderful peach-like fragrance.
Here's a pic of S. chiapensis blooming in the yard.
I have cuttings of S. scutellarioides, if you would like to trade. It is a shade lover, and ought to be grown in a semiconfined area as it likes to run a little; it roots from its leaf nodes readily, even sending out roots with the nodes up in the air. I posted a link to a picture I took of its flowers in the plant trading forum.
I enjoy S. chiapensis very much. My flowers are a bit more red than what is shown in your picture. It is a perfect plant to install underneath some of the more giant growing species.
I am going to try to start some species from seed over the winter. I was able to wake up quite a few seeds this year and even got S. glutinosa to go, although that one was difficult for me. I found some European Rock Garden plant nurseries that market seeds, and they have some different salvia species, so I am trying to figure out the logistics of making a purchase or three. Some require a huge purchase, I may have to steer clear of those companies.
Have you grown S. hians? I am still looking for a reliable source for seeds of this one.
S. patens var.Guanajuato
S. gesneriiflora 'Tequila'
S. microphylla 'Berzerkeley'
S. microphylla 'Hot Lips'
S. microphylla 'Kew Red'
S. greggii 'Flame'
S. guaranitica 'Indigo Spires'
S. guaranitica 'Costa Rican Blue'
S. guaranitica 'Argentine Skies'
S. guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
S. guaranitica 'Purple Majesty'
S. sclarea 'Turkistan White'
S. blepharophylla 'Diablo'
I'm still collecting new world species and have had very good success with vegetative propagation of almost all I have. So I'm more than happy to do trades in the spring of things on this list that you might like.
I will have to do a survey of what ought to survive the winter here, and get back with you with a list. That is a great collection you have, Don! You must have a good sized garden to give them room to spread out. Thanks for sharing the list, and let's plan to trade if possible.
Joseph, I have thoroughly enjoyed your salvia pictorial. Great photos. Boy, that 'Limelight' is really something. Must make quite an impressive display. Is 'Midnight' hardy in your zone? Would you believe I attempted to grow S. leucantha this year? What was I thinking? Obviously I wasn't thinking. I did manage to get buds that were ready to open & then one night temp's dropped below what was expected & I lost it. But hey, that's what gardening is all about, right?
S. leucantha is not winter hardy in my garden. I had to dig them all up and put them in temporary holding containers to overwinter them indoors in my garage. In and amongst the brugmmansias. I have lights on them many plants that are located in the garage. So we'll see if they make it.
Shall do on the nurseries. Thank you so much for your very nice comment, you would laugh when you saw my garden, it is so small. You can pack a lot of plants into a small space if you are crafty about it all.
I had some surprise survivors: S. involucrata and Hot Lips Salvia made it through the winter. I was pleased to see S. evansiana make it through too. It was a mild winter, I even had a Dahlia survive the winter! Of all the plants I dug up and overwintered indoors, the only ones to make it were S. yunnanensis and S. taraxicifolia. I have a bunch of new ones going and hope to be able to provide more pictures soon.
Good luck Joseph, you sure have talent for growing them!
I have a small garden as well that I am starting from scratch as it was completely bare. i am planning on growing mainly butterfly and hummingbird flowers so I am very interested in Salvias.I have two at the moment: S. guaranitica ( I do not know if this is the correct spelling) and S. Black and Blue. I am going to order more. I fell in love with the new pink one and S. coccinea.
I love the Salvias... I have 2 current favorites, S. patens blue angel and S. guaranitica black and blue- for you folks in cooler climates, did you know that these can be dug in the fall and their tuberous roots stored, much like dahlia tubers and planted the following year? You get bigger and bigger plant stock every year, without the searching for seedlings from year to year or growing them from seed. I find it to be a great compromise, since nurseries here in maine don't commonly carry these two darlings.
I will remember that next fall! I had a cutting from my 'Black and Blue', but it isn't looking very good...
I wintersowed several types of salvias this year, and I have others that generally come back in the garden (either from their previous roots or from self-sown seed, it's not always clear). Great plants!
Critter, I just took mine out of storage (black and blue) and they are sending out shoots. If you find yourself in need of another plant, let me know, I can send you out year-old root stock, as I have just a few too many! Trudy
Trudy, that would be wonderful! I checked my cutting, and it's looking somewhat deceased... and I doubt my original will come back from rootstock despite the mulch on that bed. I'm sure I can come up with something to send you in return, either seeds now or plant starts/divisions later. Do you think the tubers might still travel OK in a BE? Should I Dmail you a list of seeds? LMK if there's anything you're looking for... I will dig through my stash for you!
I'm going to try Black and Blue in a different location this year. Last year it looked washed out ,then turned completely black and died. In our intense sun I've heard it does better with some shade in the afternoon. I just put out in a small HotLips, Can't wait until it blooms, and my Uliginosa seems to have put out some babies. Henry Duelberg really seems like its location. Lots of babie,This year I'm going to get Mrs Duelberg to plant beside it. nancy
I overwinter my S. guaranitica in the garage directly in the container in which it passed the summer. It lives in the garage with my Brugmansia farm and it too is sending up shoots now telling me it wants to be put outside. I can't do that until Mother's Day!
critter, sure, d-mail me a list of seeds, might be something I'd like to try! I'll look forward to seeing it! As for travel, include your UPS (physical) address- I have a very nice specimen that I just took to a professional Gardeners' meeting today, it is calling your name, I'll send ASAP, 2nd day air. Trudy