Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
- Position: full sun to lightly dappled shade
- Soil: humus-rich, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Flower colour: magenta pink
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A superb new salvia, which was discovered growing in an Australian garden in 2005. believed to be a cross between Salvia buchananii and Salvia chiapensis ‘Purple Majesty’, it is a bushy perennial that produces an abundance of magenta pink flowers over a several months from midsummer. These dazzling flowers have a citrus scent and are held on reddish stems, so the overall effect is very colourful. Drought tolerant once established, it will be happiest in a warm, sheltered position with freely draining soil.
- Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.
Tender perennials, such as pelargoniums, fuchsias, osteospermums and marguerites look great all summer, but unless they are given protection from the harsh winter weather, they will need to be replaced each spring. If you can do this, they will last for yRead full article