Salvia patens, splendens, fulgens, coccinnea, Lambourniana, and other varieties of the Salvia, or ornamental Sage, are beautiful plants for masses, or beds, when properly managed.
Salvia patens. - This Salvia, with large flowers, of the finest ultramarine blue, perhaps, to be found in the vegetable kingdom, is a very fine plant for bedding-out, to form a mass of color in the flower-garden. By pegging down the shoots as they grow, the dwarfish compact habit will be attained, so necessary to good effect in flower-gardens arranged in this way.
S. Lambourniana. - A tall-growing species, with fine plum-purple flowers. If the plant is dwarfed, by pinching off the leading shoots, it makes a good plant for the flower-garden.
S. fulgens, with crimson-scarlet, S. splenden major, with vermilion-scarlet, and S. coccinnea, with scarlet flowers, are all rich and showy plants for masses, but grow rather too strong for beds, unless pinched in and dwarfed.