Who can say at what number an enthusiasm or “keen interest” ends and a collection of plants begins? 20 hostas? 6 agaves? 114 daylilies?
When the genus is as diverse in leaf and flower as salvia, a collection interspersed throughout a garden may not even be noticed.
leaves of Salvia calcaliifolia
Australian hybrid ‘Wendy’s Wish’
Salvia ‘Christine Yeo’
leaves of Salvia wagneriana
leaves of Salvia karwinskii
leaves of Salvia broussonetii
Beautiful plants for Southern California and other mediterranean climate zones.
I usually like big saturated colors in my flowers, but that Savlia ‘Waverly’ looks so graceful and refined. I love it!
I love the Salvias that don’t spread, but the ones that do are thugs. Lovely lovely photos…as usual.
Ryan, Waverly is such a good plant, nearly in bloom year round for hummers.
LD, my words exactly!
Hoov, if you haven’t blogged on the thugs, please do!
The Thug Of Thugs is ‘Black And Blue’, so gorgeous, so aggressive, and the species that spawned it, equally beautiful and just as tenacious. I continue to pull them out. They continue to return. I did blog it, “The Salvia From Hell” though just briefly. The post was hijacked by a Yucca. Salvia cacaliifolia I dug out completely due to unavoidable and urgent irrigation repair, and it has returned with a vengence, but is not endanagering anything. Yet. I would not put it in the ‘Black And Blue’ level.
Argentinian Skys was my Salvian-thug; though Black and Blue does travel here it also dies completely down to the ground and disappears over the winter, which seems to slow it’s march .I simply dig a bit around the perimeter of the patch in spring and it seems to keep it somewhat in bounds.
Kathy & Hoov, it’s true that S. guaranitica, species and hybrids, can be trouble, especially when grown in the rich conditions you rose-growers maintain. Same issues with the bog sage, S. uliginosa. But both have petered out in my garden. Leaving out those two, there’s still lots of good salvias left to choose from and some fine, but twitchy, Calif. native salvias too (talking about you, S. pachyphylla)
Ooh, I love Salvias but many of them don’t winter over successfully in my climate. If only, it would go from “keen interest” to “collection” to OBSESSION real fast! 🙂
Very fine pictures. Some plant groups – orchids, Salvias, Haworthias, (OK – Agaves) et. all are automatically excluded from any lumping into obsession. Don’t you think that should be the rule?
I believe that “lumping into exclusion rules” are passÃ©, and should be ignored. If one MUST exclude, Salvias, Haworthias, Aloes, Agaves, all orchids and probably Echevarias should get special exclusion from any and all rules.