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Salvia nemorosa Carodonna

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Salvia nemorosa Carodonna

This is a perennial salvia that dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring. Prune just above the new growth around April time.

Position: full sun

Soil: light, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well- drained soil

Rate of growth: average 50-60cm   spread; 50cm

Flowering period: June to October

Hardiness: fully hardy

Above the compact mound of aromatic, grey-green foliage, purple-black stems arise from early summer bearing rich, violet-blue flowers. A vibrant and long-flowering addition to the border, they look spectacular when planted with rich plums and pinks as well as Smokey purples.

To prolong flowering remove the dead flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Prune mid-summer to stimulate new foliage growth and new flowers well into the autumn.

Full range of salvias available at www.middletonnurseries.co.uk

Getting The Best From Shrubby Salvias

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Getting The Best From Shrubby Salvias

Always plant shrubby Salvias in spring after late frosts, this will give them the longest period to establish a good, strong root system before the winter. Plants bought later in the season are best overwintered in their pots.


Soil conditions are very important in getting the best from your Salvias, A light free – draining soil in full sun is the ideal spot. In colder parts of the country, find a sheltered spot, such as next to a sunny, south facing wall.


Salvias don’t require rich humus soil, but like us all they would benefit from a good feeding, I would recommend a scattering of general feed in late spring. They would also benefit from a liquid feed throughout the summer months, high potash would produce more flowering. Salvias can always be planted in tubs and pots giving a riot of colour on any patio throughout the summer, John Innes number 3 would be a suitable compost. Salvias are drought tolerant, so are an especially good choice in areas of low rainfall.


Prune top growths of shrubby salvias late march after the frosts, wait until you see new shoots appearing before you chop right back, like hardy fuchsias. A second prune is an option to some which is known as the Hampton Chop, prune in early July around the time of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. This would keep plants more compact but at the expense of flowers for 3-5 weeks.

Salvia Plant Care - Pruning - nemorosa variety`s

john zako

Salvia nemorosa varieties are fully Hardy, easy growing with a wonderfull aray of colours.

Prune hard late spring as the new growths appea, Cut all the dead foliage from the winter just above the new growth. Within a few weeks the plant will be bursting into colour, flowers will start to appear from late April onwards. As the plant feels tied mid/ late summer prune again which will stimulate new growths of foliage and flowers well into the Autumn. These are great easy growing varietys to to get you hooked on the Salvia collecting expiriance. Our full range of Salvia`s are available at www.middletonnurseries.co.uk

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New Salvias for 2019

john zako

We shall be launching a few new varieties to our website for 2019. Very excited with the Salvia greggii Amerthyst Lips this is a wonderfull colour with its vibrant purple flowers with a white centre, they are available to order online now and also can be bought from us at various RHS Gardening Shows around the country, see our website for details.

Salvia care - soil conditions - pruning

john zako
  • Salvia's prefer a well-drained soil . You can always improve a heavier garden soil with a mixture of compost, mulch and small fractions of lime gravel.

  • Preferably plant them in the spring and early summer so that they develop a strong root system to go into the winter. Semi-hardy species are best kept in a warm and protected place from the northeast wind. Most salvia's keep full sun , yet there are exceptions. The larger the leaf, the more shadow they can endure.

  • Never completely prune them in the winter. At the beginning of April you can cut the plants down to 1/3 once they are shooting. Repeat a second decent pruning mid July and you will get exuberant autumn blooms.