‘Silas Dyson’


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Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’

Plum-burgundy buds open to velvet, deep crimson flowers on Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’.
If I had room for only one small Salvia bush – I think it would have to be ‘Silas Dyson’ for the lovely rich colour, long blooming, and neat round shape.
And anyway our local native New Holland Honeyeater birds would never forgive us if it was not there.    

Growing: Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’

Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
Width: Small rounded shrub to a diameter of 20cm. approx.
Position: “Silas Dyson’ revels in Full Sun, but it can tolerate a little Partial Shade as long as it is dry and airy.

Hardy, even in heat, dry & frost

Soil: Very adaptable to a wide range of soils, and has a particular liking for sandy, gravel, or rocky soils. Good drainage is essential.
Water-wise: Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’ is a very water-wise plant, so drought hardy and resistant to heat. In fact it grows and flowers much better if it is kept on th dry and lean side.
Frost: Frost hardy to -5C. Frost hardiness is also improved by good drainage.
Origin: The wild ancestors of Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’ hail from the hot, dry deserts of southern Texas and Mexico. So ‘Silas Dyson’ can also happily ignore quite a lot of heat and drought. 

Other benefits

Fragrance: The foliage is aromatic.
Growth: Hardy evergreen small, rounded shrub. Growth is twiggy and much branched, so ‘Silas Dyson’ is capable of producing a steady stream of flowers for months.
Beneficial for wildlife: Our native honey-eating birds adore this little shrub for its very long blooming season and abundant nectar. Our local New Holland Honeyeaters just go demented feasting on the nectar, and perform acrobatics getting into every flower.
Easy Care: Very easy care and low maintenance shrub. A light trim over at the end of the long flowering will keep the little shrub neatly round, but ‘Silas Dyson’ won’t care if you forget.
Deer & Rabbit resistant: Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’ is not particularly attractive to rabbits and deer, because of the aromatic essential oils in the foliage. They do not find them tasty.

And who was Silas Dyson?

William Dyson is Head Gardener at the wonderful “Great Comp Garden” near Sevenoaks in Kent, UK.
William has been breeding Salvias here for more than 25 years, and is now responsible for some 250 of these marvellous flowering shrubs. But of course he chooses only the best to name after members of his own family.
Australian gardeners have to thank that excellent plantsman David Glenn, from Lambley Nursery, for introducing Salvia ‘Silas Dyson’ to us all down under.    


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