Despite being a compact plant, Salvia nemorosa Blue Marvel produces some of the largest flowers of all the perennial sages. The abundant, upright flower spikes soar above a bushy clump of grey-green foliage. The flowers, a strong purple/blue on claret stems, are attractive to butterflies and other native pollinators and are excellent for cutting.
These reasonably drought tolerant plants prefer a sunny spot and are invaluable for their richly coloured display in the border. You could use them for a colourful ground cover option because they are so petite. They have the additional bonus of being deer resistant.
Pot size: 2/3L
Common Name: Meadow Sage, Balkan Clary, Steppe Sage
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 25cm x 25cm
Preferred Soil Type: Well drained, light
Aspect: South or west facing
Position: Full sun
Flowering Period: June – September
Care: Cut back hard in spring. Deadhead or pick regularly to encourage more flowers.