Keep Your Salvias Sizzling

Salvias may be tough and low-maintenance, but we’ve got some tips that will help you to unleash their superpowers in the garden.

Imagine a group of plants that are so attractive and useful that their awesomeness couldn’t be contained in a whole library. These plants embrace almost any climate with a sassy attitude and have secret water-saving superpowers. Yes, we’re talking about the ultimate superheroes of the plant world – salvias. These are our 7 tips for the best results.

1. Choose the right salvia for your climate

Salvias come in various shapes and sizes, and their adaptability to different climates is like that of chameleons. Some can brave low winter temperatures, sweltering summer heat and strong coastal winds, while others are more delicate. Be a savvy sage parent and choose the right type of salvia for your specific climate, allowing them to feel at home.

2. Provide plenty of sunshine

Salvias thrive in the sunshine, so find them a prime spot where they can bask in at least 6 hours of sun each day. More sun means more sizzling blooms to enjoy

3. Prepare well-draining soil

For salvia’s ideal match, opt for sandy loam soil that is well-draining. Before planting, give your salvias a head-start by preparing the soil with a generous dose of compost and bonemeal. This will provide them with the nutrients they need for healthy growth.

4. Feeding and mulching

Salvias aren’t particularly demanding when it comes to feeding, but smaller, more compact plants can benefit from a slowrelease fertiliser (like an organic 3:1:5) after their spring flower show. In autumn, add a layer of shredded leaves or wood chips as mulch around the base of the plants. This acts as a warm blanket, ensuring their survival during the winter months.

5. Watering Salvias

Salvias are drought-tolerant champions and can endure long periods without water. However, during scorching summers when the soil has completely dried out, they will appreciate a deep watering once or twice a week. Remember to allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.

6. Regular deadheading and pruning

Deadhead spent flowers regularly to give your salvias a mini makeover, keeping them looking fresh. After their flowering season is over, whether it’s in late autumn or spring, give them a full makeover with a good prune. This will help maintain their shape, prevent them from growing too big and leggy, and promote healthier growth. A little trim before the winter slumber works wonders.

7. Resilient and attractive to wildlife

Salvias are resilient against most pests and diseases, acting as real sun-sizzling heroes in your garden. They also attract beneficial insects like bees, butterflies and birds, turning your garden into a haven for wildlife.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your salvias sizzling and continue to enjoy their vibrant beauty in the garden. Watch them thrive, dazzle and bring never-ending joy to your gardening experience.

The Gardener