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Salvias are one of Ashwood’s specialities: most of the plants are grown here on nursery and we’re proud that our salvia exhibits at the RHS Shows are Gold Medal winners. Salvias are a fascinating genus of plants which offer such a variation of flower colour, shape and foliage. They range from hardy microphylla, x jamensis, involucrata and patens varieties, through the half-hardy greggii varieties that are smaller-growing in habit and with highly aromatic foliage, to the exotic flowers of the tender varieties.
Their colour range is outstanding; intense blues, vibrant scarlets, soft yellows, apricots, pinks and even the occasional black. Surprisingly there are only a few salvias with white flowers. All have nectar-rich flowers that are brilliant for attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects and they come into their own in mid-summer, continuing their colourful display throughout autumn when many other plants are looking tired.
Salvias are so versatile, working well in a variety of situations. They are excellent subjects for a sunny mixed border, mixing happily with shrubs and English roses, or they can be used in a traditional herbaceous border where the taller salvias are invaluable. Salvias are equally at home in a summer bedding scheme with half hardy annuals, or used in summer patio pots with geraniums and fuchsias. For the more adventurous gardener, try them in a sub-tropical border where you will find that they are perfect companions for exotic subjects such as cannas, bananas and ginger lilies.
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Posted on Saturday 3rd September 2016
Salvias are a fascinating genus of plants which offer such a variation of flower colour, shape and foliage. Their colour range is outstanding; intense blues, vibrant scarlets, soft yellows, apricots, pinks and even the occasional black. Surprisingly there are only a few salvias with white flowers. A...
Ashwood Nurseries is commemorating its 50th Anniversary this year. 2017 certainly promises to be a year of both celebration and nostalgia, looking back at the milestones and achievements during the fifty years since John Massey acquired the nursery.
John Massey (right) with plant breeder Philip ...