Salvia microphylla ‘Anduus’- Plant of the year nominee

 

Salvia microphylla ‘Anduus’ boasts captivating bicolored flowers, transitioning delicately from pink to a white lip. This versatile plant thrives in both gardens and pots, making it an excellent choice for showy ornamental displays in cottage garden borders, containers, or vibrant summer bedding schemes. While this hardy perennial can withstand various conditions, it benefits from some winter protection. With a height of 60cm and a spread of 50cm, it adds charm to any setting.

Always plant shrubby Salvias in spring after late frosts, this will give them the longest period to establish a good, strong root system before the winter. Plants bought later in the season are best overwintered in their pots.

Planting Requirements:

To ensure optimal establishment, plant shrubby Salvias in spring after the threat of late frosts has passed. For plants acquired later in the season, it’s advisable to overwinter them in their pots.

Position:

For the best results, choose a sunny location with light, well-draining soil. In colder regions, seek a sheltered spot, such as beside a sunny, south-facing wall.

Soil:

While Salvias don’t demand rich humus soil, they benefit from a light feeding. Consider applying a general feed in late spring and providing a liquid feed throughout the summer, with high potash to enhance flowering. Drought-tolerant, Salvias are well-suited for areas with low rainfall and can thrive in tubs or pots using John Innes No. 3 compost.

Pruning:

In late March, after the frosts have subsided, prune the top growth of shrubby Salvias. Wait for new shoots to appear before performing a thorough cutback, similar to hardy fuchsias. An alternative pruning option, known as the Hampton Chop, involves pruning in early July around the time of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. While this keeps plants more compact, it may reduce flowering for 3-5 weeks.