• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Salvia viridis

green-topped sage

green-topped sage

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  • Other common names green-topped sage
    painted sage

    annual clary sage

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  • Synonyms Salvia horminum 'Colour Blend'

  • Family Lamiaceae

  • Genus Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

  • Details S. viridis is an annual sage, grown primarily not for its insignificant flower, but for the colourful bracts borne on upright stems in summer. These modified leaves are blue, pink or white. Seeds of cultivars are available in single colours or blends

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1 year

How to grow

Cultivation Enjoys a free-draining, sunny site. May need support in windy spots

Propagation Propagate by seed in spring, either directly or in modules for planting out. Likely to self-seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Wildlife Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Deadhead to encourage fresh flower spikes

Pests Generally trouble-free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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