Salvia greggii ‘Wensley Apricot’: A small open shrub 40-60cmH, for a sunny position with pale apricot flowers and oval leaves.
Salvia greggii ‘Wensley Apricot’ has delicate apricot coloured flowers.
Flowers are a delicate apricot /orange colour, with the hood being a gorgeous apricot colour with dark hairs and white stigma and stamens. The throat has a white blotch surrounded by a yellow patch graduating in to the pale apricot colouring of the bottom lobe, which can be slightly cupped. The bottom lobes are extended slightly rather than being compact. The flowers are held at the top of a green stem in clusters. The calyces are green with colouring on the exposed side.
Flowering can be throughout the year, but the main flowering period is from spring through summer and well into autumn.
Bees, moths and other insects really enjoy these flowers.
Leaves are midgreen, almost obovate in shape, larger and rounder than many other greggii varieties. A smooth, shiny surface, but thin in texture.
Salvia greggii ‘Wensley Apricot’ is a lovely small shrub for the front of the bed mixed with other stronger colours. The apricot colouring contrasts beautifully with purples/ mauves of other perennials within the bed.
Plant in a sunny position in groups of 2 or 3 for a lovely splash of colour or dotted around among other contrasting colours. A gorgeous shade of pale orange to soften other colours for that muted palette, including the ability to soften a strong white flowering plant.
Grow in a sunny position. Hardy for the hot summer months and the winter cold, tolerating light frosts.
Pruning should be at the end of summer, when the plant may be a bit leggy. Always cut back to a good green shoot, cutting out old stems and any twiggy growth will clean out the bush. New growth will regenerate the shrub for the winter months.
Propagation is usually done by tip cuttings, taken any time of the year.