Hinton Ampner Garden

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Blue anise sage


The South Border on The Long Walk


This striking herbaceous plant can reach 2m x 2m (6ft x 6ft.) but less in partial shade. Flowering from mid-summer until frost the beak-like electric blue flowers line upright black stems over ovate, pointed, hairy, slightly toothed, green leaves.

Site and Care:

Humus rich, fertile, light, well-drained soil of any type in full sun or partial shade. Deadhead to encourage more flowers. It is hardy in the south of the UK but it is as well to protect it with a thick mulch over winter. Propagation is by cuttings in late summer or division in spring.