Salvia in Saitama City, Summer and Autumn in Japan 2020
Normally the Salvia in Omiya Hana No Oka are grown from August, but this year they are already in full bloom in July. This article was written in 2019 and the photos are from then too, but thanks to an Instagram friend I learned that the Salvia are already in full bloom in the park today, July 15th 2020.
Saitama Prefecture is the largest producer of Salvia in all of Japan. Konosu city specifically produces more salvia than anywhere else. However, it is not the only place you can see Salvia in our prefecture. There is, for example, a beautiful display in Omiya Hana no Oka Park, a park split between Ageo and Saitama cities.
There are perennial, annual and biennial salvia and as they are a sage they are can be found in many countries around the world. In Japan perennial are the most common. Salvia was named from the Latin salvere to mean healthy or healing.
Red Saliva are also called Scarlet Sage. Salvia are a brilliant bright blood red flower that adds a striking color to any flower bed in the late summer and early Autumn.
They come in many different colors, not just red. Scarlet sage is the most common, in Japan anyway, but blue salvia are also quite popular. There are purple, salmon, burgundy, white and yellow salvia too, but they are less common.
Salvia in Omiya Hana no Oka
Omiya Hana no Oka park is a flower park off route 17 in the Ageo and Nishi ward area of Saitama City. Salvia grow from July
August to October in the park. They have several different scarlet sage flower beds around the park.
The majority of them are red, but they do have a few blue salvia flower beds too. There is also a handful of white salvia among the blue too.
Other flowers that will bloom in Omiya Hana no Oka in Autumn include:
- Spider lilies
- Pumpkin Patch
- Autumn Roses
Kochia bloom in Omiya Hana no Oka around September. They are pink by around the end of September, then in mid October they turn their famous flaming red color.
There are white and red spider lilies in the small section of the park that is cut off from the rest by the main road. There is also a handful of spider lilies in the center of the main part of the park. They typically bloom the last two weeks in September.
It is one of the few parks that has a pumpkin patch too. You can’t walk among the pumpkin, just view them from a bridge. Some of the kochia are beside the giant pumpkins. The pumpkins are usually visible late September to around mid October.
Cosmos like spider lilies are an indication that autumn is coming as they start to bloom as the weather begins to cool down. Generally you can see white, purple, lilac and burgundy colored cosmos in Omiya Hana No Oka from around the start of September. They are right beside the playground in the park.
Autumn roses will start to bloom around the last weekend of September. There are a few bushes dotted around the park with more in the manicured garden near the main car park. They come into full bloom around the end of October.
Omiya Hana No Oka Information
|Hours:||8 am to 6 pm|
|Address:||124 Nishiarai, Nishi Ward, Saitama City, Saitama 331-0049|
You can get a bus from the west exit of Miyahara station on the Takasaki Line to Omiya Hana no Oka park. However, please note, it only stops at the park three times a day. The Ageo city bus stops at the park too. It is also not very frequent, but during office hours there is generally one an hour.
The park is located off route 17, the newer route not the Nakasendo way. The park is about a 20 minute drive from the Ken-o expressway Okegawa Kitamoto interchange along the new route 17. There are three main car parks for the park. One of the parking lots is on the Ageo side and the other two are on the Nishi ward side in Saitama City. All are free.
In the area
The unusual cafe park “Togetusen” is also in Nishi Ward, Saitama City. There are horses and cats, bonsai and art, and a choice of cafes all in a small wood on flood lands. Unfortunately Togetsuen was very badly damaged by typhoon Hagibis in October 2019 and closed down.