Real World Gardener Salvia Go Go is Plant of the Week

October 23rd, 2015

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.
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Covering more than 900 species, Salvia is the largest genus in the mint family (Laminaceae.)

salvia%2Bgo%2Bgo%2Bin%2Ba%2Bpot.pngYou don’t need to know much to grow these next plants because they’re pretty simple and easy to grow.

Not only that, they’re hardy and frost tolerant, plus they flower for months and months.
If a bit snaps off, you can stick it into the ground and grow a whole new plant, it’s that easy.

Let’s find out about them. I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith editor of and Jeremy Critchley owner of

Large or small, grown as annuals or perennials, it creates an impact.

And there is a salvia for every climate in Australia.




This is what the breeder said about Salvia Go Go.

GoGos bring according to Kientzler a multitude of bright flower spikes all summer long, and quickly develop into quite impressive specimens – up to 120 cm in height and width, emanating an aura of luminescence and all-season splendour.

“Spectacular in large, decorative containers, either in full sun or partial shade.”



Salvias vary in height from about 30cm high,  to large shrubs that are up to 3m tall and wide.

Flowers are arranged in spires and come in hues of blue, purple, cerise, red, pink, white, yellow and orange. Most are at their best from spring to early winter, but there are salvias that flower almost year-round if you want that sort of thing not to mention the ones with scented leaves like pineapple sage, fruit salad sage, or just plain culinary sage.
Team up your Salvias with some silver leaved plants, some Diascias (dutchman’s britches) or Angelonia, all of which have been featured in this segment.


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