The genus Salvia comprises over 900 species and many cultivars, hybrids and varieties. Some of the best of these for Sydney gardens are the shrubby ones from semi-tropical places like South America, Central America, Mexico and Texas. They will grow quickly to give a mass of blooms over a long period, in a rainbow of colours. They range in height from tall bushes up to 3m down to low groundcovers and neat shrubs of less than 1m in height. They have few pests, are water-wise, and need little care, except for a severe pruning in late winter followed by a dose of fertiliser. Most prefer a sunny spot in the garden, but some can cope with semi-shade and will still flower quite well. Check out our plant directory under Salvia to see a complete listing of the salvias growing in my Sydney garden. There are salvias for every season, but some of the ones which are looking good right now include cerise Salvia chiapensis, pale blue Salvia 'African Sky', bright pink Salvia involucrata 'Joan', brilliant blue Salvia guaranitica Large Form, and the beautiful new hybrid Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'.
11 Apr 21
Sasanqua camellias are in full bloom everywhere, to the delight of gardeners and birds alike.
My epiphytic stump
04 Apr 21
A stump has been planted with epiphytes.
28 Mar 21
One of the stars of the early autumn garden is the Japanese windflower.
21 Mar 21
There are several plants in bloom at the moment that are often thought to be Salvias.
Journey to Hillandale
14 Mar 21
I visit a beautiful garden at Yetholme.