Tubular salvia blossoms are spectacular in hot magenta pink, against dark green foliage and maroon stems. Upright clumps are in full glorious display from May to October, oblivious of heat and drought. Provide well-drained soil and full sun.
‘Wendy’s Wish’ Salvia is an Australian hybrid that is now a popular plant worldwide. Smooth foliage is dark green and the tubular flowers are a deep pink which is easy to fit in a garden. It flowers a lot, not quite so much in very cold weather.
Pollinators and hummingbirds love the spikes of densely packed Salvia flowers which come in a range of colors: white, pink, red, purple and blue. Long-lasting Salvia blooms can extend from late spring into fall with dependable color. Salvias are especially valuable where summers are hot and dry, for they ignore heat and go steadily about the business of making flowers. Because some Salvias endure colder climates better than others, we classify certain varieties as Perennial Salvia and other less hardy varieties as Annual Salvia. The genus Salvia is part of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, so most all have square stems and a strong scent when their leaves are crushed.