Salvia 'Baby Hope'

Salvia ‘Baby Hope’

Salvia ‘Baby Hope’: is a small bushy subshrub 60cmH with rounded leaves and beautiful baby pink flowers for most of the year.

Salvia 'Baby Hope'
Salvia ‘Baby Hope’

Salvia ‘Baby Hope’ is a hybrid of S.’ Angel Wings’

Flowers: are a typical microphylla shape , being bi lateral. Most of the colouring is different shades of pale pink. The tube is a darker pink, while the hood is very pale covered with pink hairs.
The 2 side lobes are tucked in behind the middle lobe and can have both colours of pink. The middle lobe is wide and slightly split.  When newly opened they appear a pale pink, but can develop a darker pink at the top of the lobe, but always the frill is pale pink.

Usually the beeline will have some darker pink around the throat area to guide bees and other pollinating insect further into the flower. Flowers are held above the foliage to attract passing insects.

Flowers are held  either in opposite  pairs or in simple whorls of 4 flowers, all facing front towards the sun; all on a green flower stem 10-15cmlong.
Although ‘Baby Hope’ can flower for most of the year, the main flowering period is from spring through summer till late autumn.

Calyces: are green with dark ribs, giving the appearance of a dark calyx. Each lobe is pointed.  Calyces usually remain on the stem, becoming straw colour with age.

Leaves: are a darker green, rounded heart shape, well veined with rounded crenations along the margins. All stems are well clothed.

Salvia ‘Baby Hope’ is a wonderful addition to any garden, small compact with masses of pale pink flowers to brighten up any bed.

Plant with other white, crimson, vivid blues and purple small shrubs and perennials, in a full sun position.
Quite drought and frost tolerant, coping  with the hot dry summers and cold winter months well.

At the end of summer, trim to  shape and tidy, but when the major flowering is finished, then prune down to a green bud in the new growth that should be appearing; remove any dead or twiggy growth. Feed and mulch well to keep the root area cool during the hot dry summer season.

When the new growth appears and the new season flowers appear, trim the stems by half.; this will allow the subsequent growth to  be hardier and tough for the up coming dry season. The flowers will be back in a few weeks.

Propagation: Tip cuttings can be easily taken at any time of the year.

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