SUPER SALVIAS. 2019

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    I have grown it from seed this year and have several plants in pots at the moment flowering nicely. These are in a mix of MPC and garden soil. I was looking at them tonight and thinking about planting a couple next weekend. I can well imagine it not liking heavy clay, my concern though is hardiness. As this describes it as tender Robins Salvias also here SAGITTATA | Unlimited Perennials This site Arrow Leaf Sage (Salvia sagittata) in the Salvias Database - Garden.org says hardy to -12°C and needing excellent drainage.
    I wouldn't risk it in heavy clay. I agree about the foliage, but I really like the flowers.
     
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      Thanks @NigelJ - have you any pictures of the flowers please? The ones I have seen online look impossibly blue. I am on reasonably light soil (as far as I can tell with all the builders' subsoil in the mix) so may chance it next spring.
       
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        Wow - it IS impossibly blue! Thank you for that!
         
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                Lovely @NigelJ - is it in a greenhouse?
                 
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                  No that one is outside and is entering it's second winter outside. It didn't start to flower until November. I have cuttings in the greenhouse though.
                   
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                    That's impressive - do you think last winter was fairly mild?
                     
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                    @CarolineL Last winter was mild only a couple of frosty mornings and a couple of colder periods in February and March. The late cold periods where when the S corrugata lost it's leaves, that was why no flowers until November whereas the cuttings in the greenhouse flowered May/June.
                    So far this winter is also mild.
                    This garden does suffer from cold east winds though.
                     
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                      @NigelJ of course - Devon - I should have noticed in your profile. But I will certainly start chancing a few more salvias now that I am in south wet (sorry west) Wales.:)
                      I love s. argentea but I suspect it will hate the moisture here.
                       
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