Salvias are a great flowering plant for a cottagey garden like mine. Their long flowering spikes come in a range of gorgeous colours. When touched by a breeze, they sway this way and that in the wind. As you brush past the foliage, that comes in myriad shades of green, strong perfumes are released that fill the air. If you grow the edible variety, the herb we know as sage, then you can eat them too!
Salvias are hardy once established, are long flowering, respond well to pruning and bees love them. Perfect for my garden and maybe yours too!
p.s. If you'd like to plant salvias in your garden, and you live in Australia, this link has got lots of helpful information.