Salvia viridis

(Salvia horminum)

this hardy annual from Southern Europe bears 12mm [f&in) long pale pink or purple llowersfrom mid to late summer It is better known however for ns 4cm (1 JJtn] long bnghlly coloured terminal bracts (modified leaves), which can be dried with the stems for home decoration There are several fine forms, with a range of coloured bracts, such as Blue Bouquet (rich purple-blue bracts) and Rose

Bouquet (rose carmine bracts) Height: 38 45cm (15-18ir Spread: 23-30cm (9-12in) Cultivation: Ordinary well-drained soil In full sun suits it. To encourage well-branched plants, pinch out the growing tips when the plants are only a lew inches high Propagation: During late spnng or early summer, sow seeds 6mm Win) deep where the plants are to flower When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 23cm (9in) apart You can raise earlier-flowering plants by sowing seeds thinly in trays of loam-based compost at 1B°C (64°F] during late winter or early spring When Ihe seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them off into pots ot loam-based compost and place them in a cold frame to harden oft

Salvia x superba demands space to be at its best. Plant it at the front ot the border, with tall light blue delphiniums at the back and a sandwich of yellow achiilea between them

Salvia viridis beller known as Salvia horminum, is best used to create dominant colour at the tops of its stems. It is more often grown for its coloured bracts than for its llowers

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