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Salvia East Friesland Ostfriesland


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June - September
75cm x 45cms
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy
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Just as its namesake; the WWI battleship, Our Salvia is ready for a triumphant battle; hardy, strong and dependable! Find a tactical position and it will serve you well for years to come.

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Salvia nemorosa East Friesland sometimes referred to as ‘Ostfriesland’ is a striking fully hardy perennial bearing nectar-rich spikes of violet-blue flowers, which sits upon mid green wrinkled leaves. Our Salvia East Friesland takes 2-5 years to grow to its full height and once established, is drought-tolerant and so is perfect for the end of the garden where the hosepipe cannot reach. East Friesland will set off a wide range of garden aesthetics including; wildlife gardens, Mediterranean climate gardens, contemporary and even formal.  Salvias are compact and so fantastic for under planting in your flower beds beneath your roses and shrubs. They also make a wonderful low splash of colour surrounding your entrances. East Friesland is a nectar-rich perennial so will come back each year and attract many pollinators. It flowers through Summer and Autumn and you will also have foliage in Spring.  This plant is very easy to care for and requires very little maintenance. A few things that keep them happy are sunny spots in the garden, perhaps in dappled sun spots too, in moist but well drained soil, it’s an easy balance to find for them and they reward you with faithful return year after year.    

Planting Conditions

Salvia East Friesland likes any position in the garden with a full level of sun. They prefer the sunshine, yet will tolerate a slightly sheltered position. They grow well in rich, fertile soils provided they are moist, but well-drained. It is advisable to add some sand or grit when planting if you require extra drainage.

Watering & Feeding

Salvias require regular watering when in pots and containers or in extreme heat conditions. However, once established in borders Salvias are drought resistant and are happy with rainfall alone. The best way to fertilise your Salvia is to mulch in Spring and grow in moderately fertile, light moist and well-drained soil.

General Care

Our Salvias will show foliage from Spring and then relentlessly flower all summer and autumn if you just follow a few low-maintenance steps; as flowers fade, cut the flowers away as this will encourage the plant to keep producing new plumes of bright colour. Salvias like a well-drained soil so if your soil is clay soil your East Friesland would fare better in pots, containers or even window boxes. They generally avoid pests but may suffer from slugs, snails and leafhoppers.