Salvia n. ‘Caradonna’
- Position: full sun
- Soil: humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
- Flowering period: June to September
- Height: 40-70cm
- Foliage: deciduous
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ is one of the best known of all Salvia nemorosa varieties and for good reason. This beautiful plant produces sturdy, dark purple stems topped with attractive violet-blue flowers in early summer. It grows to about 70cm tall. Salvia n. ‘Ostfriesland’ is valued for its compact form and spires of vivid violet-blue flowers. Expect a height of 45cm. Both varieties are excellent for growing in a container.
Also popular is Salvia n. ‘Mainacht’ ( ‘May Night’) which bears spikes of deep violet-purple flowers with dark green foliage from May to August. For a pink-purple version consider Salvia n. ‘Amethyst’. This variety looks great at the front of a border. Grows to about 70cm tall.
Geranium psilostemon Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Pruning Salvia nemorosa (Balkan clary). Cut back the faded flower spikes to 10cm above ground level, immediately after flowering and the plant will often produce a second flush of flowers.
Cut off old spikes and remove dead, ugly foliage. Do this job in early spring.
Apply a 5cm layer of garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.
Salvia nemorosa looks good planted with Achillea, Astrantia, Campanula and Geranium.
Photo Modeste Herwig/ Design Bart Biesot
Plants Photo Modeste Herwig: Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’, Buxus sempervirus, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Muntstead’, Brunnera macrophylla.