Six on Saturday – Trials

It is a beautiful sunny Saturday in my South Florida garden. Yesterday I received a wonderful gift from my favorite local nursery, Pinder’s. Several new (to me, anyway) varieties of Salvia and some interesting cut flower plants to trial in my garden and use to make vases.

I am joining Jim and the SOS gang to share what is going on in our gardens. Follow the link to see more garden tours from bloggers around the world.


My love affair with Salvias continue:

Black and Bloom Salvia. This is supposed to grow 3 feet tall and wide. I hope it does.

Roman Red Salvia. This one has a very herbal, sage fragrance. The butterflies came out to see the new plant as soon as I took it out of the car. Another good sized Salvia, 24 ” height and spread.

White Flame Salvia, this one has a sweet fragrance and is almost grey. It will be a wonderful accent for flower arrangements.

A new sunflower to cut, Brown Eyed Girl. I am interested to see how it grows, theory is a mounding mass rather than a tall stick. This one will have to live in a container in my garden.

A surprise to me. Giant Dianthus. It is 18-24 inches tall and the biggest Dianthus I have ever seen. I am not sure what these will do in my garden. I suspect it will be too hot shortly for Dianthus. I cut some of this and it has a wonderful classic clove fragrance.

Craspedia globosa, perhaps the answer to the lack of Alliums in South Florida. These produce bright yellow balls that are long stemmed, good cutting and drying flowers. I am not quite sure where to put this, but I like the silvery foliage. The instructions on line say well drained clay?! I think that the nurseryman speak for take your chances.

That is my Six for this Saturday. I am looking forward to taking my ramble around the world this afternoon visiting other gardens.

Happy Gardening!!


19 comments on “Six on Saturday – Trials

  1. fredgardener says:

    It’s the salvia party! Otherwise the sunflower is really nice. Hope it will be tall enough 🤞🌻

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  2. I have had relatively good luck with Black and Blue salvia; hopefully, they will return from the freeze. The White Flame looks really interesting.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the new salvias. I’m definitely going to get more this spring for the hummers.

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  4. Kathy Jones says:

    What a beautiful selection of Salvias! I’m excited to see how they grow in your garden. Do you have any tips for growing Salvias?

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  5. bittster says:

    Lucky you on the salvias, they’re such reliable plants even in the heat. I like the white as well!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    ‘White Flame’? I had to look it up, only to find that it is a hybrid that I am unfamiliar with. It looks like white mealcup sage.

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  7. Cathy says:

    The white salvia is sooo lovely! Really love that giant dianthus too. Reminds me to try growing Sweet Williams again for the scent. That is nice of your nursery to offer plants for trialing. Do you have connections or do they just know your blog?

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    • It is. I think Sweet William has more fragrance (and I have some seed…somewhere?!) I was trying to remember how I met the owners of the nursery, it has been a while. I have done some classes for them and she is very interested in growing the cut flower market here. I post the IAVOM on Facebook locally and it is well received.

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  8. I like that White Flame salvia too. Interested to know whether the flowers brown or drop when they fade?

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