Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hills’ WOOD SAGE
Makes neat bushy plant almost smothered with long spires of rich blue fine flowers, crowded into long slender heads. Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hills’ has a very long flowering season over summer, and a clip back in late summer brings another great show for autumn.
Growing: Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hills’
– Height with flowers: 35cm. approx.
– Width: 45cm diameter.
– Position: Full Sun although it will do well in light Partial Shade, as long as it is not damp and airless. They prefer at least a half day of sun. Suitable for coastal gardens.
– Soil: Soils on either the acidic or alkaline lime side of neutral will suit unfussy Salvia x sylvestris. It tolerates soils of all types, including sandy, rocky, gravel soils, and even clay, as long as drainage is good.
– Frost: Very hardy even in severe frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen Perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, native honey-eating birds. butterflies and other useful pollinators, regard the mass of flowers as one giant smorgasbord of nectar and pollen.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Salvia x sylvestris has aromatic leaves, rich in essential oils. Happily rabbits and deer don’t like the taste, so the plant is not on their preferred menu. Salvia x sylvestris can be recommended for gardeners who are plagued by nibbling pests.
– Care: Very low maintenance, as the only work possibly required is to prune to the base after each flowering. And this is no hardship as you know the reward is another crop of flowers even more quickly, in approximately four to five weeks.
– Origin: Salvia x sylvestris is a hybrid cross between Salvia nemorosa “Woodland Sage” and Salvia pratensis “Meadow Sage”. Hence its hardy and adaptable character, as it has the best qualities of both parents.
In the wild, the native habitat for Salvia x sylvestris is on rocky slopes, dry meadows and rough ground.
It can also be found across a huge range of Europe and western Asia, including many places with hot, dry and extreme climates such as parts of Turkey. So this is all high recommendation to water-wise Australian gardeners.