The regally beautiful Salvia Microphylla Wine and Roses, is a new variety of this hardy herbaceous plant, which appropriately made its debut this summer at the Hampton Court Flower Show. Its highly romantic name is also descriptive because the velvety flowers are two tone: the upper petals are a deep purple, the lower lips a rich scarlet, which over time fade to pink.
Beyond its alluring appearance, S. Microphylla Wine and Roses is a jewel in a sunny border, flowering consistently from May to September. The elegantly tall spikes of flowers can be greedily cut for show-stopping flower arrangements, safe in the knowledge that more blooms will follow. Its attractive grey-green foliage forms a bushy clump that is restrained enough to plant in a suitable container. (The colours will rejuvinate a slate or lead planter.)
As you would suspect, this lovely Salvia attracts bees, butterflies and moths, but it also has a deliciously pungent fragrance for human visitors, recalling its roots, deeply planted in the sage family.
Pot Size: 2L
Common Name: Bog Sage
Hardiness: Half hardy
Height and Spread: 120cm x 40cm
Preferred Soil Type: Fertile, moist soil
Aspect: South or west facing
Position: Full sun
Flowering Period: May – September
Care: Deadhead or pick regularly to encourage more flowers. Protect from severe frosts. Feed every three weeks or so if planted in a container and do not allow to dry out.