April 17th Zoom Talk: Salvias

Saturday 17th April – 11.00am 

“Salvias” by Vicki Weston of Westons Salvias, Ceredigion in West Wales.

Seven years ago, Vicki moved to Ceredigion in West Wales, along with her beloved collection of 6,000 plants. Her interest in salvias has snowballed and she now has about 75 species and cultivars, which she sells by mail order from her website.

Some of the cultivars she recommends, such as the deep purple ‘Amistad’, are new to cultivation but already well known. ‘Someone found ‘Amistad’ at a plant fair in Argentina and it’s now one of the most widely seen salvias in the world,’ she says. ‘Hot Lips’ is also popular, with small, aromatic leaves and delicate, bi-coloured crimson-and-white blooms from June until the first frosts.

The tender species flower the latest and some can even be in bloom at Christmas if grown in pots. Vicki recommends varieties such as S. fulgens, the Mexican scarlet sage or the striking rust-red S. confertiflora for Christmas colour. S. involucrata ‘Mulberry Jam’, with its showy deep pink flowers (or indeed any of the New World salvias), can also be container-grown to maximise autumn flowering time.


Group members will receive the zoom link a few days prior to the talk. Guests can book to attend using the following instructions:

Joining for Guests only:


Step 1: Please send £4 by bank transfer to:

  • Sort code 60-03-27
  • Account no 46429956 (Nat West Bridgwater)
  • Name (for verification): HARDY PLANT SOCIETY (SOMERSET GROUP)
  • Reference: The first four characters of your surname following by ZOOM04 e.g. HODG ZOOM04

Step 2: Complete the form below to notify us of your booking, so we can send you the link.

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