Salvia aurea BEACH SAGE –
Excellent showy shrub
Large flowers like big parrot’s beaks, coloured a wonderful amber-brown. 1m. evergreen shrub with silver – grey – green small rounded leaves make Salvia aurea BEACH SAGE an excellent foliage shrub, but it’s the colour of the flowers I love. An essential backdrop to my apricot roses.
In bloom all summer & autumn
Salvia aurea is beloved by nectar seeking birds. We also saw this shrub looking stunning in Lord Lampton’s garden in Tuscany. Tolerates poor, sandy or stony soils. Very drought, heat & frost hardy and next to no water need. Ideal for the ‘I hardly ever water garden’.
– Height with flowers: 100cm approx.
– Width: 80cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, Partial Shade.
– Soil: Well Drained humus rich soil for best results but will tolerate dry, hot spots.
– Fragrance: Foliage gives off a wonderful fragrance when touched.
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Evergreen Perennial.
– Attracts: All sorts of bees, butterflies and nectar seeking birds.
– Care: This species does have a more leggy growth habit so needs trimming to shape. Remove dead flowers to encourage repeat flowering.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Generally left alone due to the pungent minty, sage aroma.
– Origin: It is native to the sandy coastal areas of South Africa.