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Overwintering Salvia

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:07

Hiya billy

from your description ...3" long pointed leaves......I think you have the annual sort.  Are the red flowers quite feathery too?  

The hardy salvias usually have small leaves on a woody structure.  There are other salvias with bigger leaves that are more tender...these you would treaf as dahlias

maybe someone growing these annuals can post a picture for you to compare.  

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:49

Miscanthus, Amistad and Yellow Honka

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:38

Persicaria Orangefield and S. uliginosa together

( the yellow dahlia flower is not part of the planting...just close to camera)

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 15:25

Turn away if you don't like grasses but this caught my eye in the sun just now. 

slightly past its best but still reflecting the sun.  Prob better than photo shows 

Last edited: 20 September 2016 15:27:57

Overwintering Salvia

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:50


do you have a label?  Can you post a picture?

salvias are annual, tender perennial and hardy perennial according to variety.

parks and gardens often display the red annuals...these are dug up at the end of summer and autumn because that's it.  

You may well have a shrubby perennial type...again, a picture will tell us.  If so, yes you can take cuttings but do so asap now.  Nice, gritty compost and take side shoots on stems from as low as possible, ideally without any flowers or buds on them.  Trim them to just below nodes..points where shoots are.....remove all but top couple of leaves, pinch out the soft tips and put 7 or so around the rim of a pot.  Water and a simple polythene bag will do the job.  Keep indoors or in a gh out of direct sun.  New plants for next year. 

Yes, you can also overwinter the whole pot in a gh 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:58

......should have read blue clematis 

Polemonium advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 12:42

Blues here Waleshine....ok!  You asked 

caryopteris......Stirling Silver, Summer sorbet and dark Knight

baptisia this in spring 

ceratostigma...willmottianum and griffithi adder, blue boa, summer sky,

salvias....uliginosa, patens cambridge and dark blue, guaranitica, blue note,  guanajuato, cacalifolia, as well aa the regular hardier types

linum blue perenne,   Verbena Rigida, various campanulas, aubretia, aster Frik Monch......Little Carlow too.....geranium Orion and Brookside, felicias...fairly hardy hyacinths, ceanothus, hibiscus blue Wave (not sure of that name), anchusa, blue anemone blanda, brunnera hadspen cream has blue flowers just like forget me nots, rosemary benenden blue, teuchrium, muscari, perovskia...I grow Little Spire, aconitum (the usual plus Stainless Steel now flowering), agapanthus, eryngium, nepeta, lavendar, penstemon True Blue, veronica, scabious butterfly blue, convolvulous maritima, oh!  Polemonium of course! 

trying to think of what else I have here....gentians, iris variegata (variegated plus pale blue flowers), corydallis flexuosa.....carpet of blue in spring....delphiniums, lupins, i have a couple of nice blue violas,  blue primulas/polyanthus..........

a few to get us going Wakeshine.  no doubt I have missed some here, blue clemstis for example and others will have more

did I say I like blue flowers 

Last edited: 20 September 2016 12:46:10

Thoughts on the forum software

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:28

With all its faults I enjoy this forum.  Better than some I have tried.  I have considered joining a paid for one but this forum works pretty well for me

it is addictive....I will look in at random often enough sometimes when I am busy. 

wish I had this forum when I first got into gardening;  would have saved me from making sooooooo many mistakes.  Some knowledgeable folk here too we all learn from.

all in all not too bad at all 

Last edited: 20 September 2016 11:30:40

Polemonium advice

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 11:17


funny about pale blues.  I grow so many blue plants...maybe 30 different varieties....and it used to be the dark, bright flowers I focussed on.  But the pale blues have grown on me...subtle, endearing and less in your face.  I like the flowers on Brise ....if it didn't flower next year you would miss them I guarantee it. 

I have a feeling you will jettison your ophiopogon.  It is difficult to place and you don't really like it do you?  At least keep some of it.  I once had it in the centre of a pot of white busy lizzies and it looked sensational...know what?  I must repeat that next year 

Help with this hydrangea

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:15

Ah!  Picture shows the situation well.

 You know what judojub, I would move it........ha ha!  Not far.  Only a metre or so to the right as we see it in the photo.  It will move easily but have more space to fill out.  Looks a good spot for it 

you are worrying too much...that is a baby.  No wonder flowers are few and far between.  At this size it will not know it has been moved.  If you fancy if, add dried manure to the new planting hole, mixed well with the soil, water well and mulch with same mixture.

Mark my words in 3 years or so your hydrangea will be a metre high and wide.  ....oh!  And full of flower

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