Salvia microphylla ‘Delice Gold and Wine’- Plant of the year nominee

 

Salvia ‘Delice Gold and Wine’ showcases exquisite bicolored flowers, transitioning gracefully from pink to a delicate white lip. Versatile and well-suited for both gardens and pots, this ornamental sage adds a touch of elegance to cottage garden borders, containers, or bedding schemes, creating a lively summer display. While this variety is a hardy perennial, offering enduring beauty, providing some protection from winter weather is advisable. With a height of 60cm and a spread of 50cm, it brings a captivating presence to any space.weather. Height: 60cm. Spread: 50cm.

Plants requirements

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.

Position

Ensure your Salvias thrive by planting them in a location with light, well-draining soil and full sun. In colder regions, seek a sheltered spot, preferably next to a sunny, south-facing wall.

Soils

While Salvias do not necessitate rich humus soil, providing good feeding is beneficial. Consider applying a general feed in late spring and a liquid feed with high potash throughout the summer to enhance flowering. Planting in tubs or pots using John Innes No. 3 compost can result in a vibrant burst of color on patios during the summer. Drought tolerance makes Salvias an excellent choice for areas 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, similar to the pruning approach for 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 maintains a more compact plant, it may temporarily reduce flowering for 3-5 weeks.