Salvia 'Orchid Showers'

Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’

Salvia 'Orchid Showers'
Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’

Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’

Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’ : is a bushy subshrub,  60-80cmH with stems of 2 tone pale pink flowers in  spring, continuing through most of the year.
Salvia 'Orchid Showers'
Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’

Salvia  ‘Orchid Showers’  is a lovely pink form of a microphylla hybrid with a 2 tone appearance.

Flowers: are a 2 tone  pale pink. The hood, the tube  and 2 side lobes being a darker pink, whilst the large bottom lobe is a paler pink. The pale beeline  around  the throat area attracts insects to  explore  further into the flower.

2 to 3 flowers are  held either side of the green stem . Numerous  stems of pink flowers are sent up which are held above the foliage to attract passing pollinating insects. All the colours and markings on the flowers are there to attract bees and other pollinating insects.

Calyces: are green with coloured tips which show off the pale pink flowers beautifully. These drop off the stem  after the flower have finished, needing to be cut off at the end of the season.

Leaves: are a bright green, a typical microphylla leaf, lanceolate on shape, well veined with rounded crenations around the margins.

Salvia ‘Orchid Showers’ is best planted in a full sun  position  either in an open area or in a mixed border with other blue, purple, darker pink perennials and small shrubs. This Salvia makes a spectacular show  when in full flower, especially if planted along an edge to a path or edging a bed next to a lawn where it can waft out it’s pretty stems of flowers as you pass. Watch the bees and small butterflies perch on the flowers on a sunny day.

This is  a tough hardy plant for the hot dry  summer season.  It is usually frost and cold hardy, but does appreciate snail pellets or other treatments when there is a lot of moisture. Best on well drained soils, most soils should suit this gorgeous Salvia very well .

In late autumn, early winter is the time to cut back to good green buds and clean out any dead or twiggy growth. In spring when new growth begins, feed and mulch well to keep the root area cool during the hot dry summer season. Clean up old leaves,  stems and any general debris, top up mulch.
In early summer, begin trimming the plant to shape. Cut off any flowers and cut  the leaf stems down by half  to encourage new growth and flowers, the new subsequent growth will be stronger for the summer period. Then watch the flower begin their show.

Propagation: is  usually by  tip cuttings from new shoots during the season.

 

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