Salvia lanceolata SAND SAGE –
Large dusky-rusty-rose heads of flowers show beautifully against dove-grey, velvety foliage. So the whole effect is soft and very pretty, despite Salvia lanceolata SAND SAGE being such a “tough as old boots” shrub.
The colour blends of dusky pink, rust and rose shades are so unusual, and though they don’t sound promising, they actually combine beautifully in the garden design with so many other colours.
Tough as old boots
Salvia lanceolata Sand Sage makes a dense, much branched little shrub to approximately 1m.
It’s pretty blushes of colour disguise a bone hardy constitution.
So it positively revels in hot and dry positions; shrugs of windy sites; basks in Hot Sun; and is hardy in moderate frosts.
Though it can cope with Part Shade too, as long as it is dry and well drained; but woe betide you if it becomes waterlogged. Just kiss it goodbye.
Small shrub for a starring role
Because it is native to sand dunes in South Africa, it is perfectly suited to seaside gardens, or sites with poor, rocky, sandy or gravel soils.
It is also such an elegantly coloured and neatly shaped shrub, that it makes a lovely feature pot too.
– Height with flowers: 90 to 100cm approx.
– Width: 80cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun. Performs well in hot spots of the garden. Also grows in Partial Shade, as long as it is dry and well drained.
– Soil: Well drained is essential. Enjoys sandy, rocky, gravel or poor soil. Will tolerate soils on both sides of neutral, either acid or alkaline lime.
Peppery, Lemon scent
– Fragrance: Aromatic leaves have a peppery lemon scent and flavour.
– Frost: Tolerates most frosts, as it is hardy down to approx. -4C. However even if the shrub is nipped by hard frost, it can resprout from the base if the top is badly damaged.
– Growth: Evergreen shrub with an upright, densely branched shape.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, birds and other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Easy care and low maintenance. Spent flower stems can be trimmed to encourage the next crop of blooms. This light pruning helps to shape the plant, but isn’t necessary unless you want to reshape or resize.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Generally left alone as they do not enjoy the lemon pepper foliage flavours as we do.
– Origin: Native to South Africa, where it grows in sandy, seaside locations and dry hillsides.
– Traditional uses: Leaves are used in South African cuisine, particularly for fish dishes, because of its lemon pepper flavour.