For this month's Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day, I have been thinking about the degree of variation in leaves of a single type of plant, in this case Salvia. I have four different species of Salvia growing in the garden at present: S. greggii, S. elegans, S. reptans, and the humble classic S. officinalis. There are many more, some of which will undoubtedly be added to the garden when I get the chance because Salvias are proving reliable plants here - at least so far.
But about the leaves. Here are the four.
S. greggii's are small and rounded, bright green with a slight scallop to the edges. Here is a cluster from the now happy "Flame", which is happily reestablishing itself in a shadier spot.
Somewhat similar in colour and overall shape is the foliage of S. elegans. Its leaves come to a sharper point, however; veining is heavy, and the edges are more notched than scalloped.
And yes, it is blooming just now!
Those two are very "leafy". The other two Salvias are more exaggerated. At one extreme are the very linear leaves of S. reptans which have earned it the nickname West Texas Grass Sage.
And at the other extreme, culinary sage, S. officinalis, with its rounded, furry, bumpy, silver leaves.
All of these have fragrant foliage - as one associates with sage - but the scents vary as widely as the shapes. S. greggii has a fresh, minty fragrance; S. elegans earns its soubriquet of "pineapple sage" by its wonderfully fruity fragrance; S. reptans, as I noted in an earlier post, smells pungent with something of a whiff of gasoline, and S. officinalis is, of course, the "true" sage scent of the kitchen.
There are others I would love to try, but these four contain quite a bit of variation in themselves so I thought it would be fun to present them here for Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day. I will be linking this post - though quite late - to Christina's at My Hesperides Garden .
Weather Diary: Mostly sunny, High: 80 F (26.7 C)/Low: 61 F (16.1 C)