Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

2 litre pot £11.99
available to order from late autumn
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Buy Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' salvia: Richly coloured flowerspikes

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Selected by the renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf as one of his favourites, this is a cracking plant. The softly hairy leaves are quite a dark green, while the upright, branching flowerspikes, carry reddish-purple stems and flowers throughout summer - the combination of which creates a rich hue that is perfect for 'bruised' colour schemes. This spreading plant is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of soils, but prefers a spot in full sun.

  • 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. Avoid excessive winter wet, and deadhead after flowering if you want to prevent it self-seeding.

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Usual standard

5

As usual the plant arrived on time and in excellent condition

Hurtlepuss

Oxon

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Flowered really well in its first year

5

Really nice structural plant for the front of borders and it still looks good once the stems have dried out.

JV

Berkshire

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Strongest of all my Salvias

5

I have three different varieties of Salvias, and the 'Purple Rain' variety is by far the strongest. It burgeons and flowers much earlier than the others, it does not appear to suffer slugs as much as the others and it keeps going for months. This year I haven't pruned it at all, and it still looks great in mid September. I am going to use it in a garden enjoyed by the Elderly for its longevity and interest.

Tilly

Gloucester

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Great plant

5

Great in a border and lovely colour

Lynn

Hertfordshire

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Flowers last for ages

5

I bought 3 of these last summer and they have survived the winter. Grew strongly in the Spring with tall spikes of purple flowers that have lasted months. They are still there now in early October. I made the mistake of putting them deep into a circular border and found it difficult to get to them to dead head. I'd recommend planting where you can reach them without stepping on other plants. I've moved mine to nearer the edge of the bed having trimmed off most of the flowers.

Kirstie

Midllothian

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Easy and subtle

3

Fine if you like a fairly soft purple. It makes it easy to fit in to pastel colour schemes and the flower arrangement is interesting.

Isabel

Wiltshire

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An eye catcher

5

I've three lovely clumps of this in my garden, at the front of a South facing border with a large clump of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Taurus' behind. The rich purples of the Salvia overlap the rosey pink of the Persicaria for a few weeks before finally fading. But then the Persicaria takes off and maintains interest until October. I find deadheading the Salvia helps to prolong flowering.

Nicky Veitch

Berkshire

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Hello, is this plant suitable to be grown in a container?

Whitelotus21

Hello, Yes, it is possible to grow this in the pot, but ultimately it will be happier if planted out.

Helen

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