Salvia 'Victoria' at the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Salvias

Discover a rainbow of colour in our Salvia collection

Show-stopping colour for late summer, into autumn

If you are looking for an easy to grow, prolific flowering show-stopper to provide colour in late summer / autumn, you'll be inspired by the Salvia Collection. Not only do Salvia’s come in a range of sizes but a rainbow of colours – and if you look closely at the flowers they are extraordinarily beautiful.

Salvias are popular in gardens for their colour, tolerance for dry conditions and attractiveness to insects. Mass planted salvias with their spiky inflorescences make a stunning impact.

Visit New Zealand's largest public salvia collection and enjoy the different colours, movement and rhythms of plants from the same lineage, but different origins, across different continents. Everything displayed in our collections at Auckland Botanic Gardens has been successfully trialled and will grow well in your Auckland home garden.

Cultural

At Auckland Botanic Gardens a small collection of salvias was initially established in 1987 with a view to collecting as many from this genus as possible. Since then, the collection has increased in size and now contains representatives from Europe, Asia, Middle East, Mediterranean, Africa, Balkans and the Americas including Mexico.

Salvia involucrata bethellii

Salvia involucrata 'Bethellii' 

Gardening Tips for Salvias
  • Incorporate organic matter / compost prior to planting or when dividing clumps.
  • Lift and divide salvias every two or three years to retain their vitality.
  • Apply an organic mulch twice a year.
  • Put them in the dry spots - it is not generally necessary to water salvias even in our dry summers.
  • Cut back early flowering salvias to encourage a second bloom.
  • Support taller salvias with stakes. 
Salvia iodantha
Conservation

Auckland Botanic Garden maintains a comprehensive repository of salvias that includes many species and cultivars seldom commercially available. We aim to make these available as appropriate.

Research

As a comprehensive collection of species from just one genus this collection provides many possibilities for research into floral forms and pollination.