Salvia microphylla ‘Delice Aquamarine’- Plant of the year nominee

 

Salvia microphylla ‘Delice Aquamarine’ introduces a breathtaking aqua blue variety poised to captivate collectors. This striking ornamental sage is an ideal choice for cottage garden borders, containers, or incorporated into bedding schemes, creating a dynamic and vibrant summer display. Despite its resilience as a hardy perennial, providing some protection from winter weather enhances its longevity. With a height of 60cm and a spread of 50cm, ‘Delice Aquamarine’ adds an enchanting touch to any setting.

Plants requirements

For optimal root system development, it is advisable to plant shrubby Salvias in spring after the threat of late frosts has passed. Plants obtained later in the season are best overwintered in their pots.

Position

To maximize the potential of your Salvias, choose a location with light, well-draining soil in full sun. In colder regions, seek sheltered spots, such as those adjacent to sunny, south-facing walls.

Soils

While Salvias don’t demand rich humus soil, they benefit from a generous feeding. Consider applying a scattering of general feed in late spring and a liquid feed with high potash throughout the summer to promote abundant flowering. Planting in tubs or pots using John Innes No. 3 compost can yield a burst of color on patios throughout the summer. Salvias’ drought tolerance makes them an excellent choice for regions with low rainfall.

Pruning

 In late March, after the frosts have subsided, prune the top growth of shrubby Salvias. Wait for new shoots to emerge before performing a thorough cutback, following a method similar to the pruning approach for hardy fuchsias. Alternatively, the Hampton Chop, a second pruning option in early July around the time of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, can maintain a more compact plant, albeit at the expense of flowers for 3-5 weeks.