This flowering sage is adding colour and contrast interest to the herbaceous plantings in the Autumn Garden.
The genus Salvia offers a diverse range of interest for the gardener, ranging from the familiar culinary herb, sage, which is valued for its foliage, to more floral species which bring colour to the garden. Exceeding 900 species from a range of habitats in tropical and temperate regions of the world, and varying greatly in size and form, the genus contains a species suitable for every garden. Salvia ‘Joy’ is a tender perennial with a compact, woody structure, growing to 60cm in height and spread, which provides flower from may to November. The two-lipped flowers, typical of members of the genus, are bi-coloured, with the lower lip being paler than the upper, hood-like lip. As with many of the species, the opposite leaves release a fragrance when crushed.