Salvia fruticosa

Salvia fruticosa Greek Skies

The cultivar of Salvia fruticosa called 'Greek Skies' is an unusual specimen for Sydney gardens, as it is a Mediterranean plant, found in various countries including Southern Italy. It looks a lot like the culinary sage but grows better and forms a shrub shape, about 60 cm tall and quite wide, with scented, silver-grey leaves and gorgeous blue flowers in spring. It needs to grow in a hot, dry spot to perform at its best, and is drought and frost tolerant once established. It looks great grown with other dry-position plants that do well in Sydney, such as rosemary, irises and Arctotis. It needs to be cut back after flowering. It is easy to propagate from cuttings struck in a well-draining medium. Sometimes a branch will die off - I just cut this section off at the base. It doesn't mean the whole plant is about to die. Cut it back quite hard after flowering is finished.

Flowers in August, September, October.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.

 

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