Plant of the Week

This week I have chosen one of an important genus of plants here at Gravetye Manor, called Salvia sclarea var, turkestanica or Clary Sage. I have chosen this species over all the other salvias that we have because it is hardy and doesn’t need lifting to protect it from frosts over winter. It has a nice upright habit that doesn’t need any extra support even on the front edge of the bed.

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With interesting orchid-like pale blue flowers and large mauve sepals it works beautifully with the bright yellow of the Angelica that lives on one side and the fennel below on the other. Highlighted nicely with the almost black foliage of Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’ behind.

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Words and Photographs by Phil Hassall.

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