Sudbury in Bloom and Bridge Farm Plants share a love of Salvias, and with good reason!
They start flowering in early June and with minimal care can keep filling your borders with colour until November. They are suitable for sun and part-shade and are perfect for pollinators.
There has been a huge number of new varieties of woody-stemmed Salvias introduced in recent years, and you will find many of them around town. Hot Lips is best known, with it's red and white flowers, but they come in virtually every colour of the rainbow.
Once the late-autumn flowers start to fade, simply cut back the whole plant by about half to a neat shape. This stops long shoots get damaged in the winter winds, and also stops the plant developing a messy, sprawly shape.
Ideally cut back to directly above leaf shoots, as this is where the plant will start to regrow next year. Easy!
Tips courtesy of Bridge Farm Plants at Corn Craft, Monks Eleigh IP7 7AY. Open 10am to 4pm every day.