• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Salvia splendens 'Vanguard'

Scarlet-flowered sage 'Vanguard'

Scarlet-flowered sage 'Vanguard'

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  • Other common names Scarlet-flowered sage 'Vanguard'

  • Genus Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Species 'Vanguard' is a compact, erect annual to 30cm, with dense spikes of bright red flowers and bracts, from summer to autumn


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil in full sun. Pinch out young growth to encourage bushiness. Water in dry weather

Propagation Propagate by seed sown at 15-18�C in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Slugs may damage young growth

Diseases May be subject to foot and root rots in wet soils

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