Hinton Ampner Garden

Salvia horminum

Clary Sage


The Walled Garden


An annual, native to the Mediterranean, quickly growing to 1 to 2 feet (0.30 to 0.61 m) with a flowering period of over a month in mid-summer. Colorful bracts, that can be pink, white or blue, almost hide the tiny two-lipped flowers, which are cream-colored, with the upper lip tinged with purple or rose, reflecting the bract color. The flowers last well as cut flowers or dried flowers.

Site and Care:

The plant prefers a friable soil with good drainage, moderate water, and full sun. Seed can be sown in late March in a greenhouse or directly into the border after the last frost.