Imogen Checketts from Le Jardin Champêtre has sent us some photos of hardy sages, currently flowering.
The first photo shows Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, a clump forming perennial Salvia with tall spires of violet-blue flowers on purple-red stems. Seen here with Stipa tennuissima and Verbena bonariensis.
The other photos show:
Salvia interrupta, popular with bees the attractive Atlas Mountain Sage has tri-lobed foliage and clear blue flowers.
Salvia ‘New Dimension Rose’, a long flowering dwarf nemorosa type Sage.
Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’ just coming into flower. A cross between Salvia leucophylla and Salvia clevelandii this shrub can grow to around a metre high and has darker flowers than the Salvia leucophylla.
Salvia leucophylla, California Purple Sage is highly aromatic evergreen shrub with silver foliage and subtle whorls of pink flowers.
All of these Sages like full sun, a well drained soil and are fairly drought tolerant once established (however the nemorosa Sages would welcome some watering during drought conditions).