Flowers for the whole year

Flowering Seasons


Salvia flowering times can vary, depending on the season, climate and the area in which the Salvias are growing. There may well be a difference between the flowering times of country Victoria and the gardens in the Melbourne Metropolitan area. What ever your location, there will always be  some Salvias in flower.  Select your season or month to find what is flowering when.

Although some Salvias will only feature once, they may have an extended flowering period over a number of months. Many Salvias  may  not feature in one season, but may feature in another.

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Flowers that appear during these  Summer months include  most of the  herbaceous Salvias that came up in Spring and flower late spring, through summer, finishing in Autumn . All the greggii/ microphylla plants will be in full flower, putting on a wonderful show of colour, many being capable of flowering  the whole year.
Most  Salvias will need to be pruned and tidied up at the end of Summer to prevent plants from becoming too woody. Pruning back to a good green bud is one way of regenerating the plant.

Most of the tall large leaf Salvias have finished with only one or two such as S. gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’ being able to flower on and off during the year. S. chiapensis is another which can flower for most of the year either in semi shade  or a sunny protected position.

There are many Salvias that are just finishing or just beginning their flowering season. There is such a variety of plants from groundcovers, clumping plants, small shrubs to medium growing Salvias to be found during these Summer months.

africana africana aethiopsis
A lo ha A lo ha Alegria
‘African Skies’ ’African Skies’ Alan Chickering
‘Angel Wings’ argentea apiana
Amistad Amistad arizonica
 blepharophylla blepharophylla buchananii
canariensis canariensis canariensis var candissima
chamaedryoides chamaedryoides chamelaeagnea
‘Christine Yeo’ ‘Christine Yeo’ ‘Christine’s Surprise’
chiapensis chiapensis chiapensis
coahuilensis coahuilensis coahuilensis
coccinea vars coccinea vars coccinea vars
confertiflora confertiflora cacaliifolia
Candleglow Candleglow ‘Costa Rican Blue’
desserta dentata discolor
disermas disermas ‘Pale Pink’ disermas ‘Slimline’
dolimitica dolimitica discolor
eiggii ‘Ember’s Wish’ ‘Easterbonnet’
gesneriiflora ‘Red Rambler’ gesneriiflora gesneriiflora var ‘Tequila’
gachantivana greggii vars greggii vars
greggii vars flocculosa ‘Firecracker’
‘Freida Dixon’ ‘Harmony’ ‘Harmony’
‘Heatwave Blaze’ ‘Hot Lips’ ‘Hot Lips’
‘Hot Lips’ ‘Joan’ ‘Joan’
lavanduloides lanceolata leucophylla
leucantha leucantha ‘Pink Velour’ leucantha ‘Magenta
‘Marine Blue’ munzii melissodora
microphylla vars microphylla vars ‘Mesa Azure’
‘Mystic Spires’ Mystic Spires Musk
muellerii muelleri ‘Marshmallow’
muirii muirii miniata
patens ‘Phyllis Fancy’ ‘Phyllis Fancy’
repens roemeriana scabra
somaliensis subrotunda subrotunda
taraxicifolia tingitana uliginosa
virgata viscosa viscosa
viridis verticilliata Waverly
Waverly ‘Wendy’s Wish’ ‘Wendy’s Wish’



March  is the beginning of the autumn flowering Salvias, when the first of the tall autumn/ winter flowering Salvias appear, when the colour purple start to shine, especially paired with the bright cerise colours. This is when S. mexicana ‘Limelight starts to flower, followed by ‘Lolly and the other mexicana varieties.  ‘Meigan’s Magic’ and ‘Anthony Parker’ begin their wonderful purple show. The autumn leucantha’s put on an excellent display with the different shades of magenta and mauve. All these contrast so well with the cerise S. curviflora and ‘Joan’ and the crimson of ‘Ripe Raspberry’.

There are so many Salvias still flowering at this time of year, the last of the summer herbaceous flowers can be  still seen in March and April. Some of  course will remain flowering until the onset of the cold weather of winter.  Yet other small microphylla and greggii varieties growing in the warmer suburbs may remain flowering all year, such as ‘Angel Wings’, ‘Mesa Azure’ and ‘Hotlips’.

Many varieties have such a long flowering period extending from summer into autumn and through to winter.

aethiopsis ‘African Sky’ africana syn A. caerulea
‘African Sky’ ‘Angel Wings’ Angel Wings’
azurea azurea ‘Anthony Parker’
arizonica ‘Bethellii’ ‘Bethellii’
broussonettii buchananii buchananii
 ‘Candleglow’ chamaedryoides  campanulata
chamaedryoides chamelaeagnea chamelaeagnea
‘Cardinal Purple’ Christine Yeo’ canariensis
 canariensis ‘Alba’ chiapensis ‘Celestial Blue’
chiapensis coccinea var ‘Costa Rican Blue’
coccinea var curviflora curviflora
coccinea var ‘Costa Rican Blue’ corrugata
 dentata discolor discolor
disermas disermas ‘Slimline’ ‘Desley’
elegans pineapple elegans pineapple ‘Ember’s Wish’
‘Easterbonnet’ flocculosa ‘Flare’
  gesneriiflora var ‘Tequila’ gesneriiflora var ‘Tequila’  greggii vars
greggii ‘Bicolor’ greggii vars   glechomifolia
‘Harmony’ ‘Harmony’ ‘Heatwave Glitter’
hirtella ‘Hot Lips’ ‘Hot Lips’
‘Indigo Spires’ ‘Indigo Spires’ ‘Joan’
  ‘Joan’ ‘Joan’   leucantha
leucophylla leucantha ‘Meigan’s Magic’
‘Meigan’s Magic’ ‘Marine Blue’ mexicana ‘Lolly’
‘Marine Blue’ microphylla var microphylla vars
muirii muirii mexicana ’Limelight’
muellerii muellerii  miniata
 ‘Mesa Azure’  ‘Mesa Azure’ ‘Purple Majesty’
‘Mystic Spires’ Mystic Spires’ purberula
 polystachya polystachya ‘Purple Passion’
patens regla  ‘Ripe Raspberry’
rumicifolia subrotundra rumicifolia x macrophylla
subrotundra scabra sinaloensis
  scuttellariodes semiatrata semiatrata
‘Tequila Blue’ ‘Van Houttii’ ‘Van Houttii’
Waverly’ Waverly’ Waverly’
‘Wendy’s Wish’ Wendy’s Wish’ Wendy’s Wish’


Many of the Winter flowering Salvias are tall with large leaves. To keep them  flowering during the cold months, they NEED protection from frost; by planting them under deciduous trees, using large trees as shelter and  among  large shrubs..  Most of these beauties like to grow in a sunny protected area but are just as happy in a  semi shaded positions.T hey all like a little water during the hot dry months.

Most of the large involucrata types now begin to show off their gorgeous pink flowers, expanding to put on a wonderful display for all the birds. There are so many wonderful colours during these frosty mornings that shine in the sunlight.

Of course there are plenty of other medium Salvias still flowering such as S. curviflora, ‘Phyllis Fancy’, ‘Waverly’ and ‘Hadspen’. Although many of the small greggii/ microphylla types may have been pruned and cleaned out, many would still be flowering  if left untouched, such as ‘Mesa Azure’, Hotlips’, ‘ Angel Wings’, ‘Navajo Red’ and many, many more. This is the time that some of the S. disermas varieties like to show their spires of white or palest pink flowers. The purple and pink varieties prefer the summer time to flower.

The Frosty days are perfect for the herbaceous Salvias which are underground waiting to come up in Spring. The tough grey leaf Salvias, including the Sth African tribe perform very well during these cold mornings, but make sure they have good drainage to prevent rotting if there is lingering dampness and too much  rain.

Many of the early herbaceous Salvias begin to stir and flower, to take advantage of the early pollinators. Salvias such as S. eigii and S. heirosolymitana emerge now with their beautifully  marked flowers of pale pink and maroon.



adenophora  albiflora ‘Annie B’
‘Bethellii’  ‘Brittany’ ‘Baby Sage’ (microphylla)
‘Black Knight’ caudata confertiflora
chiapensis chiapensis ‘Candleglow’
coahulensis   coahulensis ‘Coral Delight’
coccinea vars coccinea vars concolor
disermas ‘Desley’ ‘Costa Rican Blue’
disermas ‘Pale Pink’  dentata  dentata
discolor discolor Desley’
elegans pineapple elegans ‘Golden Delicious eigii
 elegans ‘Honeymelon’ ‘Firecracker’ flocculosa
 fluviatilis  ‘‘Follets Folly’ ‘Firebright'(greggii)
‘Glenda’s Purple’ gachantivana ‘Green Ginger’
gesneriiflora. var ’Tequila’ gesneriiflora. var ’Tequila’ gesneriiflora
‘Hot Lips’ ‘Harmony’  hierosolymitana
involucrata spp involucrata spp indica
inv.’Romantic Rose’ inv.’Romantic Rose’ inv.’Mulberry Jam’
 inv. ’Pink Icicles’ inv. ’Pink Icicles’ inv. ’Pink Icicles’
‘Joan’ iodantha iodantha
karwinskii ’Timboon ‘  karwinskii  karwinskii ‘Redsprite’
 karwinskii ‘Winter Red’  ‘Lollita'( mexicana) ‘Lollita'( mexicana)
madrensis ‘Meigan’s Magic’ ‘Meigan’s Magic’
mexicana major mexicana ‘Alba’ ‘Marine Blue’
 macrophylla x rumicifolia melissodora macrophylla
 microphylla var  microphylla var microphylla var
muellerii myriantha   myriantha ‘Cerise’
Mystic Spires’ muellerii  miniata
‘Navajo Purple’ ‘Navajo Red’   ‘Navajo Cream’
‘Phyllis Fancy’ ‘Phyllis Fancy’   ‘Pink Parfait 
 purpurea  personata ‘Phyllis Fancy’
semiatrata scuttellariodes   subrotundra
  ‘Timboon’   ‘Theresia’   tubifera
 urica ‘Blue Ribbon’   urica univerticillata
‘Van Houttii’ ‘Waverly’ ‘Wendy’s Wish’


Spring is the time when so many Salvias burst into  new growth and flowers. It’s the time  for the herbaceous Salvias to begin to shine  rising up from winter into bright new leaf growth and their wonderful array  of blue/ mauve/ purple/ pink and white flowers, all attracting bees and other insects. The suberba and nemerosa types begin to flower in October and  continue until late summer. Whilst many other large leaf herbaceous and clumping Salvias flower late spring and summer, continuing until autumn. Salvias such as  superba ‘Maynight’, ‘Snowhills’,  nemerosa
‘Amethyst’, ‘Rubin’, viscosa, put on an excellent display.

Salvia eigii and hierosolymitana are among the early herbaceous salvias to begin flowering, from late winter through to early summer. These Salvias take advantage of the insects and bees without too much competition from other flowering plants, to ensure that they become pollinated and set seed.

There are still a number of tall, large leaf Salvias in flower, just finishing or just beginning such as S.dorisiana , ‘Amistad’ and S.gesneriiflora ‘Red Rambler’, ‘Timboon, S.karwinskii ‘Cyclamen’ and ‘Costa Rican Blue’.

Spring is also the time when the new flush of  growth and flowers appear on the greggii/microphylla types. All attracting bees, hover flies and butterflies.  Although ‘Hotlips’, ‘Mesa Azure’ , ‘Angelwings’ and others would have still flowered through winter, they do need cutting back and cleaning out to continue through the summer months. They all need a good feed and new mulch applied to keep the root area cool for the hot dry summer.


adenophora ‘A lo ha’ argentea
‘Anthony Parker’ apiana aethiopsis
‘Bluebird’  Salvia bowleyana broussonetii
Blackknight’ Blue Hills ‘Blauhugel’
‘Costa Rican Blue’ chamaedryoides  coahuilensis
 confertiflora canariensis  ‘Caradonna’ ( nemerosa)
  discolor dorisiana desoleana
disermas ‘Compacta’  dichlamys dolomitica
eigii   elegans ‘Purple’ elegans (pineapple)
 flocculosa fruticosa forskaolhei
 ‘Follet’s Folley’  ‘Finngrove’  ‘Frieda Dixon’ ( elegans)
greggii vars gesneriiflora. var ’Tequila’   gesneriiflora
  glutinosa greggii vars ‘Greek Skies’
 ‘Hadspen'(involucrata)   hierosolymitana ‘Hot Lips’
  hirtella ‘Harmony’   haemetodes
 indica iodantha   ‘Indigo Spires.
‘Joan’  x jamensis Yellow   japonica ‘Alba’
 karwinskii ‘Redsprite’   karwinskii   kopetdagensis
  lavanduloides  lyrata  lanceolata
 longistyla leucantha vars leucophylla
 mellifera   microphylla ‘Miss Scarlet’ miniata
Marine Blue’  myriantha   ‘Mystique’
 ‘Navajo Purple’  nemerosa vars  nemerosa vars
 namiensis   nubicola  nemerosa vars
  officinalis  officinalis ‘Icterina’   officinalis ‘Tricolor’
 pratensis vars ‘Purple Majesty’  ‘Phyllis Fancy’
 plectranthoides  purberula  ‘Pumpkin’
rumicifolia  radula  rubiginosa
 ‘Rubin’  ‘Royal Bumble’  ‘Ripe Raspberry’
sagittata superba vars staminea
semiatrata subrotundra superba vars
superba vars  sylvestris var  sclarea
  spathacea   scabra   transsylvanica
 ‘Timboon’   tingitana   taraxicifolia
 tubifera   thysiflora   ‘Telegraph Ave’
  urica univerticillata uliginosa
 Van Houttii  vertilliciata ‘Purple Rain’  verticilliata ‘Alba’
wagneriana  ‘Waverly’   ‘Yamagata’




One thought on “Flowering Seasons”

  1. Lots of Salvias flower for many months of the year – so much to choose from with the tall Winter flowering varieties in blue, pinks, red and yellow, to all those vibrant small shrubs, again in so many colours of the rainbow that they will always fit in and balance any garden colour theme. There really is a Salvia for every garden, no matter the position, whether for shade, semi shade, a sunny sheltered position, full sun or for those really hardy sun baked positions where nothing seems to grow – Salvias will grow there. Check the many lists available

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