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The Orbital series is an ornamental Salvia Farinacea variety grown for its stunning abundance of lavender blue salvia flowers, on highly desirable compact plants. Like many of the recently released varieties of salvia, the blue flowering version of Orbital, Salvia Orbital BlueTorch is a hardy compact plant, with beautiful grey-green foliage. The masses of beautiful blue flowers are contrasted brilliantly against the silvery foliage, making this a popular choice for mass-plantings in garden beds as well as in cottage style gardens. In bedding applications, these Salvias are typically planted out after the last frosts, and will flower throughout the year, until the cold weather knocks them around with the approach of winter. Depending on the severity of the cold weather, this variety can come back and be grown as a biennial, however, it is most commonly grown as a colourful annual. As the largest genus in the mint family, the Salvia genus consists of more than 900 species, consisting of small and large plants, annual and perennials, and there is sure to be variety that is suited for your particular garden application. At The Climbing Fig we stock what we consider to be the highest performing varieties of both ornamental and edible salvia, and are always on the lookout for worthy additions. Anyone who has a particular interest in learning more about salvia plant varieties, should check out a feature article titled The Joy of Salvia which was published in the Gardening Australia Magazine in June 2012. The article is available on the Gardening Australia website. As the article is a few years old now, several new varieties are now available, however it is a great read for anyone with an interest in learning how salvia plants can be used.
Advantages of Salvia Orbital BlueTorch
Large flowering compact variety
Early and extended flowering season
Ideal for mass-plantings and bedding colour
40 - 60cm height at maturity
25 - 40cm apart is a suitable planting distance
Flowers 6 - 8 weeks after sowing
Prefers full sun but will grow in part shade
Suitable for pots and will grow in most regions of Australia
Hardy annual, although depending on winter temperatures, can be a frost-tender biennial
Seed Sowing Instructions
Easy to follow seed propagation notes are provided with every seed purchase
Seeds of this variety are best started in seed raising mix or Jiffy® pellets before planting into the garden