Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month

What’s new or a lesser known Salvia

koyamae ‘Yamagata’

koyamae ‘Yamagata’

This is one of the many Japanese Salvias – like the others, they are all herbaceous.

Growing only 15-20cmH, it makes a lovely small leafy shrubby perennial.
The leaves are a large wide cordate shape, with large crenulations along the edges and a  curious yellow / green colour. Being small and tender, it makes a good pot plant or edging in a cool courtyard. Of course the snails love those leaves.

Most of these Japanese Salvias grow best in a shady sheltered position, originating from the forest floor. They grow best in rich composted soil, which growing ‘Yamagata’ in a pot perfect- keeping an eye on the moisture during the summer heat and on the snails.

Now is the time for the Japanese Salvias to flower in early Autumn with ‘Yamagata’  producing beautiful creamy yellow flowers, wide open mouth, stigma fully exerted, often coloured purple, but no markings on the lower lip as is often seen in the other spp.

A perfect plant for a pot, rockery or as an edging under a shady tree in a courtyard with other woodland spp.

 

Plant of the Month over the past few Years

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