I have decided to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic plant as it has totally won me over with its resilient nature, beautiful soft-looking foliage and vibrant flowers.
This particular salvia was bought for me as a present and at the time, I didn’t have a suitable place in the flowerbeds in order to show it off properly. It occurred to me that as we were in the middle of redesigning our outside sitting space, I could pot it up and have it as a patio plant to add softness to the edges of the fenced area.
The salvia has been in its large pot for about a month, it has already doubled in size and is producing flowers of the most incredible pink and red. It gets the sun for the majority of the day but it enjoys the shelter of having the fence as a backdrop. During the winter, if harsh frosts are expected, I’ll put a section of fleece over it just to be safe.
The lip-shaped flowers can be vivid pink, bright red or even two-toned with red and white. The foliage has a slight blackcurrant smell when you brush past it, which makes it even more perfect for a place where there are a lot of people moving around nearby…
… and because it is in a pot, I can move it about and create new interest points on the patio.
Above is a photo of the flowers in partial shade… still pretty incredible, aren’t they?!
So this lovely new plant discovery got me thinking. What other exciting plants could I bring into the patio mix? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Have a great day x