Salvia nemorosa Carodonna
This is a perennial salvia that dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring. Prune just above the new growth around April time.
Position: full sun
Soil: light, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well- drained soil
Rate of growth: average 50-60cm spread; 50cm
Flowering period: June to October
Hardiness: fully hardy
Above the compact mound of aromatic, grey-green foliage, purple-black stems arise from early summer bearing rich, violet-blue flowers. A vibrant and long-flowering addition to the border, they look spectacular when planted with rich plums and pinks as well as Smokey purples.
To prolong flowering remove the dead flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Prune mid-summer to stimulate new foliage growth and new flowers well into the autumn.
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