Salvia set to be Glasgow’s most popular plant this spring
Spring it on with Dobbies!
With spring well and truly here and the gardening season in full swing, research from the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, Dobbies, has found that a massive 84% of Glaswegians are looking forward to doing more gardening this spring.
The research, from Independent Media News, looked into this year’s gardening trends, attitudes towards gardening, garden centres themselves and some of the misconceptions about the UK’s favourite pastime.
Dobbies’ Braehead store has had a great start to the season and looking at customer trends from last year and this year to-date, General Manager, Charles Randall, predicts Salvia will be the most popular plant for Glasgow gardeners this spring.
Perennial Salvia, commonly known as Sage, is a haven for bumblebees and butterflies, and its vibrant purple plants last until autumn. Research from Dobbies shows that more than 1/3 of Glaswegians are hoping to encourage more wildlife into their garden, and Salvia is the perfect plant to do that.
There are many varieties of Salvia but despite being called Sage, only a few are considered edible – so watch what you use in the kitchen! The non-edible variations, however, are wonderful pollinators and will inject gorgeous colour into the garden for months.
Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, encourages Glaswegians to Spring it on this year by sharing his top tips on Salvia and why they are so popular in West Scotland: “Salvia is a great addition to any garden, no matter the size or shape of your borders. We recommend planting Salvia in early spring to maximise its flowering potential and mulching well with peat-free compost to encourage strong growth and good moisture. These hardy plants thrive in a bright spot and a south-facing garden location will keep them very happy.”
For more information on what’s in stock at your local Dobbies’ Braehead store, visit www.dobbies.com.