Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month

What’s new or a lesser known Salvia

S. ‘Rosalie’

‘Rosalie’ Shrub to 1.2 x 1.2, sun/ semi shade, hardy

S. ‘Rosalie’

This  is a  new Salvia found in Meg Bentley’s garden. It seems to be a cross between a microphylla and S. ‘Joan’.

Growing approx 1m- 1.2mH, grown in a sunny position, this is perfect for this plant to flourish.
Having a microphylla parent, it is proving to be just as tough and hardy during the summer heat and the winter cold.

Flowers are a beautiful clear cerise  lower lobe often curling under, similar to ‘Joan’.  It produces a nice long flower head on the flower stem. Leaves are a large microphylla type leaf, forming a dense shrub to 1m – 1.2mH.

Best placed in the middle of the bed to form a backdrop to other small er plants. ‘Rosalie should begin flowering in Spring and continue well into Autumn.
Keep the beds well mulched and a soaker hose running through the bed during the summer  dry.
The little Eastern Spinebill loves flitting into these flowers. Definitely one for the birds.

Plant of the Month over the past few Years

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