In a Vase on Monday: Silvery Sage

I have been getting to know more and more varieties of Salvia over the past couple of years, and one I am completely in love with at the moment is the Salvia sclarea, or Clary Sage. I sowed some seed and planted out a few small plants into the Herb Bed last spring, having no idea how big these plants become!


 I also had no idea how lovely they are. So one has been cut for the centre piece of my vase this week.

What better companions for it than some of my other sages. The strong purple in front is Salvia viridis, also sown and planted out last spring with little idea of what it will look like. 😃

The white salvia is growing in the Moon Bed: Salvia nemorosa ‘Schneehügel’. This one has the slightly bitter smell that I don’t like much. The culinary sages smell wonderful though and I added a pink and lilac one to the vase.

And then finally I added two sprigs of my ornamental salvias ‘Nachtvlinder’ and ‘Aromax Blue’. Hard to see on the photos, but they will no doubt feature again here soon!

Do you grow salvias? Which are your favourites?

I am linking to Cathy’s Monday meme inviting us to share a vase of flowers etc from our gardens. Do visit her at Rambling in the Garden to see her lovely British vase today as well as to see who else is picking and plonking/elegantly arranging flowers this week!

Happy gardening!

Salvia sclarea

37 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Silvery Sage

    • That is a good point. The slugs and hares don’t touch them. I suspect there are lots of hybrids of Clary sage, but this is the true one and pretty enough. 😉

  1. Beautiful assortment of salvia blooms, Cathy. I grow the annual types and have S. officinalis in the herb bed. For some reason, most perennials aren’t long-lived here. I’ve tried ‘May Night’ a couple times.
    And your garden bed in the background is looking AMAZING, beautiful work!

    • Thank you Eliza! May Night looks like a pretty one. There are just so many perennial ones to choose from, but they like it fairly dry I think. My favourite S. officinalis is called ‘Nazareth’ and the aroma has a slight marzipan note. Delicious!

  2. How intriguing, Cathy, as what I call clary sage is Salvia viridis and very different. It is interesting to highlight a number of salvias in a vase like this – I particularly like the look of S ‘Schneehügel’, which I know I have bought in the past but nothing came of it. I like the salvias with the fruity (blackcurrant, I always think) leaves, like S Neon and S Cerro Petosi, but as I mentioned recently S verticillata Purple Rain is my newest star, despite non-smelly leaves! Looking at your last photo your borders are really filling out – you must be thrilled!

    • I am very happy with how the garden is doing Cathy! We have had lots of rain and warm weather the last two weeks and everything seems to double in size overnight! I looked up those salvias you grow and they all look lovely. I can see this will become a new passion. 😉

          • I have some already that have been very slow to thrive, but it’s possible of course that I don’y always give them enough space. One of the 3 new ones is not the one I meant to pick up, but hey ho…!

  3. A lovely composition, Cathy, and I’m pleased to see the clary sage as I’ve planted some in my own garden this year. While one of the 3 plants perished due to a combination of warming temperatures and very dry soil. the other 2 are doing find thus far although they’ve yet to bloom. The Salvias making the biggest splash in my garden at the moment are Salvia clevelandii ‘Winnifred Gilman’ and Salvia canariensis.

    • Hi Kris. Will be interesting to see how long that salvia will take to flower in your climate. Here, the S. sclarea take a whole year to get established. Both those you mention look really lovely – in fact I have yet to find one I don’t like! I have discovered a nursery online here that has just about every herb you can grow here and it is exciting! 😉

  4. I love the salvias, too and especially the Clary Sage. The variety amazes me and I was surprised to find Rosemary is now called Salvia officianalis? They are great garden plants the combination in the vase is beautiful, I have Tropical Salvia and Mystic Spires in my garden they bloom nearly year round.

    • It must be nice to have their colour all year round. There are so many I don’t know and it is fascinating to hear what others are growing. Luckily most nurseries here aren’t embracing the new name for rosemary, nor Perovskia which was also changed to Salvia a few years ago. It gets confusing!

  5. That is the biggest clary sage plant/flower I have ever seen, Cathy! Clearly it is very happy in your garden! Love that gorgeous S. viridis too. And your garden is looking beautiful in the background – nice work.

    I grown lots of salvias but my favourite would have to be a toss up between S. discolor (almost black flowers) and S. involucrata ‘Pink Icicles’, which is a winter flowerer here.

  6. Oh that’s a monster Cathy albeit a most attractive one! I wonder if it is salvia sclarea var.turkestanica which has rather pungent leaves. I love salvias but hard pushed to name a favourite 😂

  7. Oh my! That really is striking. Ours is more blushed than your last picture. It never looks so white. It is not my favorite of the several Salvia that are common here. Several perform very well in the chaparral landscape. My favorite is not very pretty though. Nor is it white. I like black sage because of the aroma. It is native close to every place I have ever lived. There is only one in our landscapes, but I got two copies of it.

    • I have only seen pictures of black sage, so don’t know what it smells like, but some of the sages I grow smell lovely and others smell awful! 😉

      • Well, . . . you might consider the aroma of black sage to be awful. It is very strong and very pungent. It might be the most pungent of the many pungent native species here. I just happen to be very fond of it because it is so familiar in some of my favorite places. It is not even pretty.

  8. Beautiful, and so amazing how the beds have filled in! I love that seat on the lawn overlooking the beds, I hope that gets plenty of use even if it’s just fo the evening drink.
    Summer looks pretty good over there!

    • That chair doesn’t get nearly enough use Frank! I sit down and immediately see something that needs tying in or pulling up… My ‘relax’ area is behind the barn away from the garden overlooking the neighbouring fields! 😉

  9. I have recently planted several native species of salvia and sage. I’m not yet sure which is going to be my favorite, but I’m currently very attracted to white sage and hope it will do very well in our drought tolerant landscape. -)

    • It’s nice to grow native plants, as you know they are probably going to settle in well. 😄 And your insects will no doubt appeciate them too. 😉🐝🦋

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