We have two salvia sections in our paddock and will probably plant more sections too, because the birds and bees love them and the wallabies don’t, lol.While we’ve tried to stick to our garden planting plan, sadly, the wallabies have decided to feast on many of our plants, and we’ve had to rethink on the native bushes we wanted to plant. But we have discovered they leave the salvia sections alone and, therefore, the small birds and the bees, have a place to go, time and again and again. It’s so wonderful to see. We’ll be planting up more salvias in other sections as they’ve been quite successful, once established don’t need much watering and they cope with our weather fine. They just need to be pruned a couple of times a year to help them flourish with flowers again.
My husband and I are members of the Gardens for Wildlife Program for the Yarra Ranges region so when we plant, it is often with the wildlife/bird life in mind.
The video below shows you a couple of Eastern Spinebills enjoying the salvias. They love to hover or flutter at the flowers, similar to hummingbirds in the US.
This pic below shows you some of our salvia in one section. I love to stand nearby to get shots. I have to stay very still as, otherwise, the birds realise I’m there. I can’t get too close but, thankfully, I have long enough lenses to capture the activity.