Salvia x sylvestris ‘Tanzerin’



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Salvia x sylvestris ‘Tanzerin’

Long slender spires of rich violet-blue flowers are held by deep red-purple calyx (the calyx is the bit that holds the flower onto the stem), on even darker stems. So the whole colour effect is rich and exotic from Salvia x sylvestris ‘Tanzerin’.

Repeating hazes of rich exotic colour 

‘Tanzerin’ is a prolific bloomer, with so many fine flower spires that it creates a haze of rich blue-violet hovering in the garden.
It has a long flowering season as the flower stems are so long lasting with each blooming.
And by shearing it back to the base as each crop of flower stems finishes, you can bring it back into bloom several times over summer and autumn.
Consider planting it with one of the yellow or lemon Achilleas for an instant pop of colour and clever design. 
(Please see ‘Growing’ section below for plant details, how and where to grow)

Hardy, easy & no trouble to have

Salvia x sylvestris ‘Tanzerin’ ticks all the boxes as a hardy and obliging plant.
Because it is hardy even in severe frosts to well below -10C; tolerates heat and periods of dry well; is not particularly fussy about soil conditions; and nothing seems to eat or trouble it. To boot it is a water-wise plant.
So ‘Tanzerin is rewarding, reliable and simply easy to get along with.
It can even stay in situ for years, as it does not need regular dividing to maintain optimum flower production.
Talented ‘Tanzerin’ has won the prestigious ‘Award of Garden Merit’ from the Royal Horticultural Society for its all round value and hardiness.

Growing: Salvia x sylvestris ‘Tanzerin’

Height with flowers: 45cm. 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.  


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