This brilliant, Autumn-blooming, bedding plant is indispensable where bright color effects are desired. The Salvias thrive in a light sandy soil well-enriched with old manure and are kept growing by generous supplies of water at the root.
Propagate the shrubby varieties by cuttings, in September or October, inserted in sandy soil in a cool frame and kept shaded during sunshine until rooted. Where the temperature falls to the freezing point, the cuttings should be kept under glass until all danger from frost is over, when they may be planted where they are to bloom. The tuberous-rooted species (such as Salvia patens) are propagated by cuttings taken from the young shoots which start from the crown in early Spring; these should be placed in a warm house or frame until rooted; they may also be increased by dividing the roots in Spring.