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Small shrub growing up to 1m. Covered in blooms, reliably, every year from May to at least end of October. Needs good drainage in winter. cut back first week of April and again the first week of July if desired. Evergreen. I've been growing these for many years and have found them to be hardy in most of our winters, so long as they have good drainage. I add a good scoop of sharp sand upon planting. Happiest in light to medium shade, ie the flowers last the longest at the height of Summer in some
Salvia × microphylla ‘Hot Lips’. A newer variety with 'hot' red and white flowers that are scented and attract butterflies and bees. Drought tolerant. The aromatic foliage may turn dark red in autumn.
Some species will tolerate only light frosts, but some of the perennials are more frost-hardy. They will grow well when planted in full sun in well drained light soil with adequate watering in the summer. Cut back in spring.
Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.
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