Salvia pratensis 'Lapis Lazuli'
Rose-pink flowers with arching upper lips held in deep-red-pink calices on dark-red stems like jewels set in silver
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: pale pink
- Other features: useful early flowering form
- Hardiness: fully hardy
One of the earliest of the salvias to flower. Each slender upright stem carries a series of comparatively large, hooded flowers in candyfloss pink, which open in succession up its length, while a large rosette of grey green leaves form a dense groundcover. A fine Salvia that exhibits strong and vigorous growth, and often producing a second flush of flowers later in July and August. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.
- Garden care: To prolong flowering, cut out spent flower spikes as soon as they start to fade, leaving foliage to mature into rich autumn tones. Alternatively, cut back the whole plant after early flowering in late May/June to enjoy a second flush of blooms in July and August. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.
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Q:I have just purchased this plant from yourselves but did not check the position it likes to thrive in. I have a north facing garden, will it survive?Asked on 2/21/2013 by teejay from Buckley, N Wales
To perform at its best this Salvia likes to be in full sun. However it should still grow in a north-facing garden but will probably produce less flowers. It likes moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. If you can position it in the sunniest spot where it will get morning or afternoon sun that would be the best option, although it will not tolerate full shade. I hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 2/27/2013 by Anonymous
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