A range aptly dubbed the ‘HEATWAVE’ collection was introduced as a direct response to the dry climate faced by Australian gardeners. Salvias are only too well know worldwide as a water wise family of plants that revel in sunshine and dry, open soils.
The HEATWAVE range have been purposely bred to retain a compact habit - many forms of salvia greggii typically present with more open habits which, whilst still effective in the right position, relegate their use to background planting or intermingling in a loose perennial border.
The tighter foliage of the HEATWAVE salvias allows them to be a given more prominent location in a garden setting which they well deserve considering they provide colour all through the warmer months right through autumn.
Salvia Heatwave Sparkle, has vibrant pink coloured flowers that won’t wash out under our bright summer skies.
Easy to grow in most soil types which are well draining.
Quite dry tolerant once established with only occasional deep watering required during extended periods of heat.
Prune after main flowering to encourage faster re-bloom and a compact habit.
Apply a slow release fertiliser in spring to improve overall vigour.
Kept lightly clipped they can be utilised as a low informal hedge or individually will give a year round presence either in the garden or as a large container specimen.
Wonderful displays can be achieved by mixing an array of some or all of the varieties with some ideal companion plants such as daylilies (hemerocallis), convolvulus, gauras and varieites of sedums (just to mention a few) which will flower around the same time and require similar growing conditions.