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Salvia – ornamental herb plants

Salvia are ornamental herb plants which are related to culinary sage. Many have fragrant leaves and stunning flowers in red, purple, blue and other colours.

Salvia - blackcurrant sage - red flowers
Salvia – blackcurrant sage – red flowers

Salvias are tender shrubs and they will need some protection frost and cold weather in the UK, so it is useful to keep salvia plants in pots or take late summer cuttings from non-flowering stems to overwinter in a greenhouse.

Salvia plants are usually grown for their flowers (which are are often bright or deep colours) in late summer and autumn. Many salvias have fragrant leaves, Salvia elegans has a particularly strongly fragranced leaves.

Salvias can be grown in large pots or in a sunny border. Salvia plants are hungry and thirsty plants (they are related to mint). They like a good drink and if kept in pots they will need regular water and feed.

Some salvias can get quite large when planted in a garden border, and these may be too big for many small gardens. Smaller growing varieties such as Salvia elegans may be a good choice if you have limited space, and these can be grown in a pot too.

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Plant Sale – September 2020

Thank you to everyone who came to our most recent plant sale, and we hope you are enjoying your plants.

The Schizostylis were a big hit, and we sold more than 10 clumps of this in the end.

Schizostylis pink flowers
Schizostylis with pink flowers

We will probably have another sale in the spring, and we hope to see you there.
Meanwhile if you are interested in any indoor succulents, please let us know.

If you would like us to keep you informed of future events or offers please drop us a message.

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Succulents and winter – caring for succulents over winter

Autumn is the time to consider succulents and winter protection. Caring for your succulents over winter and preparing summer outdoor planted succulents to come back inside over winter is important if you want your succulents to survive over winter. As the weather gets cooler and wetter many succulents will start to suffer, so September is a good time to start checking how they are doing and begin thinking about moving them to a better site (if in pots) or lifting plants which have been planted out in garden beds or rockeries over summer.

Frosty Echeveria Pearl of Nuremburg
Succulents and winter – Frosty Echeveria Pearl of Nuremburg
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Sempervivum Art

Create art with plants “sempervivum art” or “succulent art” display in a pot.

It is possible to use colourful succulents such as Sempervivum and Jovibarba to create interesting patterns of colour as “sempervivum art” or “succulent art”.

3 sempervivum bowls - outdoor succulent display pots
3 Sempervivum bowls – outdoor succulent display pots
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Caring for Succulents

Most succulents are easy to care for if you can give them the right growing conditions caring for succulents is easier than most other plants. The two things most succulents need are plenty of sunlight and well drained gritty compost/soil.

They do not like to have permanently wet roots, and most will not tolerate frost and ice (especially if they are in wet soil).

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Plant Sale – August 2020

Thank you to everyone who came along to our plant sale, and we hope that you enjoy your plants.

If you have any questions about plant care or the plant name please contact us. We didn’t get the plant tags into the pots in time this morning, and we were really busy for the first hour of the sale.

We still have some plants available


  • Peppermint, apple mint, ginger mint.
  • Salvia elegans (pineapple sage) in a clay pot, Salvia (blackcurrant sage).
    Both have red flowers and fragrant leaves.
  • Blackcurrant plant, evergreen honeysuckle, and other garden plants.
  • Hardy garden succulents and saxifrage for rockery and ground cover,
  • Indoor succulents.

Please send us a message if you are interested in any of these.

We hope to do another sale next spring (and we may have a small sale in September) and we have various succulent plants available on the web site shop.

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Succulent planting instructions

Succulent planting instructions: Caring for your succulent plants and rooted cuttings when they arrive

When your plants arrive, please carefully unwrap and pot up your plants as quickly as possible to minimise stress to them from lack of light and water.

They will not have had light and water for a few days so the sooner you can pot them up and give them a drink, the quicker they will start growing and the better the condition they will be in.

Place them in good light but out of strong sunlight for a week or two, and water – but don’t over-water – them. They may take a few days to recover from their journey, but they should start to grow quickly if treated well.

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Growing Herb Plants

Growing Herb Plants

Most herb plants are easy to grow if you can give them suitable growing conditions.

Generally the Mediterranean herbs (including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, sage) need well drained, poor soil, lots of sun, and they don’t mind being dry for a while (once plants are established).

Mint requires rich soil (and will need to be split and replanted in fresh compost every so often), plenty of water and good light, but will not like being in strong midday sun.

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