Gosh, with your experience, I hope you will be a mainstay here!
As you know, we have new rock gardeners and experienced ones here.
All are welcome, and all can be valuable contributors!
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Hi Lori, Got lots of lovely photos. I have an addiction to plants, not just salvias. The salvias are the mainstay of my garden, but many of them are not alpine or rock garden plants so I didn't think they would be of interest to NARGS members. This 1st photo is Salvia 'Cookie', a hybrid of chamaedryoides, but it doesn't have the lovely silvery foliage but flowers almost all year in my climate.
I uploaded 4 photos as embedded images but they don't seem to be here??? I'll upload them tomorrow as attached images. Kerry
(Moderator edit: Hi, Kerry. I inserted the photos for you. For the photos to show up in the message, you have to place the cursor where you want the photo, then click on "Insert". I also added the plant names below. Thanks for posting! Lori)
Salvia 'Cookie'; Salvia 'African Skies'; Salvia denata; Salvia indica
We love Salvia here too Kerry, and so do our bees, . Hope you'll continue to post more information re the species you grow and how best to grow them. We're looking forward to learning,
53.69° N, Dedicated to West Coast Fritillaria, plus three other members of the subgenus Liliorhiza. I grow other Genera, as time permits !
you might be able to help identify this Salvia which came up in a bed where we'd scattered seed a few years ago; it forms a rosette of foliage and sends up 2 foot stems topped with small purple flowers,
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
Hi Fermi, It kooks like a lovely salvia. The flowers look quite large. There are so many basal type salvias with purple flowers & some are very difficult to tell apart. The elusive salvia hians often turns up with plain purple flowers when it should have some white in the flower. It usually turns out to be przewalskii. Particularly good forms of S. ringens can have flowers this large, but most are smaller & quite weedy . If the foliage is narrow & the growth floppy instead of upright it could be S. transylvanica. I've got 1 or 2 other ideas, I'll ask a couple of friends & see if they concur. Cheers, Kerry
Hi Lori, Got lots of lovely photos. I have an addiction to plants, not just salvias. The salvias are the mainstay of my garden, but many of them are not alpine or rock garden plants so I didn't think they would be of interest to NARGS members.
Kerry, we are not all solely alpine or rock garden enthusiasts! I for instance am more a woodlander due to my climate although I do like all kinds of plants. Please show your whole spectrum!
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Sorry it's taken so long to reply Fermi. Selling our house has put everything else on hold. Maybe the purple salvia is regeliana-the right height & colour, but the individual flowers in your photo look to be quite a bit larger than those of regeliana. Plants in our garden are in flower at the moment. Another beauty in flower at the moment is the Japanese woodlander S. koyame. The flowers are a wonderful soft, buttery yellow & are quite large for a ground hugging plant.
Salvias semi atrata
& sinaloensis also look wonderful at the moment.
Reviving this thread with this shrubby South African Salvia africana-lutea (syn. S. aurea)
Salvia discolor is another interesting salvia with unusual colouring. It has very dark navy, almost black, flowers on sticky, silver stems. It hails from Peru, but can be a bit frost tender.
Salvia glechomifolia from the high mountains of Mexico. Creeping along the groungd it grows to only 30cm in height, will take some cold & has blue-violet flowers through summer.