Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

Salvia nemorosa ''Sensation Rose' (Sensation Series)' - Throughout summer, spikes carry masses of rose pink flowers, each sitting within a deeper purplish-pink calyx. Their compact, tidy habit makes them ideal for containers and window boxes, as well as creating colourful drifts towards the front of a sunny border.

As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

As the garden hits a summer lull, Toby Buckland picks 10 plants that will hold interest, come rain or shine.

cottage look: fragrant catmint (Nepeta sp), perennial sage (Salvia sp). and lilac alliums---drought-tolerant summer trio for full sun.

cottage look: fragrant catmint (Nepeta sp), perennial sage (Salvia sp). and lilac alliums---drought-tolerant summer trio for full sun.

Geranium Rozanne & Salvia nemorosa Cardonna - great combination which will flower through out the summer.

Geranium Rozanne & Salvia nemorosa Cardonna - great combination which will flower through out the summer.

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna. Hardy in UK.  60 - 75cm. Flowers July to October.  Attractive, and reliable in my garden.    Picture by Waitrose Garden

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna. Hardy in UK. 60 - 75cm. Flowers July to October. Attractive, and reliable in my garden. Picture by Waitrose Garden

full sun purple sage Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: lilac-blue Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings, herb teas and herb butter Hardiness: fully hardy  next to rosemary and oregano

full sun purple sage Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average to fast Flowering period: May to July Flower colour: lilac-blue Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings, herb teas and herb butter Hardiness: fully hardy next to rosemary and oregano

Clive Nichols garden Giardino di ghiaia con il rock, Wesuwe Salvia, Salvia X Superba, Stipa tenuissima

Clive Nichols garden Giardino di ghiaia con il rock, Wesuwe Salvia, Salvia X Superba, Stipa tenuissima

beautiful mix of perennial flowers bloom in a wide range of blue, white, yellow, red, and purple colors against a brown, stone, wall

Tried-and-True Perennials for Your Garden

beautiful mix of perennial flowers bloom in a wide range of blue, white, yellow, red, and purple colors against a brown, stone, wall

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