The gardener's guide to growing salvias
The genus Salvia includes more than 700 species & hundreds of garden-worthy cultivars; given their extreme diversity of color & habit, salvias may truly be the ultimate collector's plant. Our publication of Betsy Clebsch's A Book of Salvias (page 26) in 1997 prompted even greater interest in many handsome & newly available plants; Sutton's new book documenting more than 90 species provides a useful perspective from England & Europe.
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A History of Salvias until 1945
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