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Salvia ‘African Sky’ has everything.
It produces sprays of two-toned sky-blue flowers for months on end from spring to autumn end, through all the hottest months. So it is prolific and repeat blooming.
It also has excellent tolerance to heat, dry as well as frost; and it is water-wise and easy low care.
Salvia ‘African Sky’ provides excellent value for space, with little effort.
Because it naturally makes a shrubby, rounded, neat, evergreen perennial, and is rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases. And dense, sage green, aromatic foliage is always attractive.
But if you wish to shape or re-size it - you can prune your bush back by 2/3, after the long blooming season ceases, or in early spring. It can even be used for informal hedging or clipped to make dense garden shapes.
Or you can leave it to grow naturally as an attractive and soft coloured background for smaller flowers.
Salvia ‘African Sky’ is an excellent hardy choice for water-conscious gardeners, or those with hot or coastal conditions.
Height with flowers: 1 to 1.4 metres approx.
Width: Rounded shrub 70cm to 1.2 metres wide approx.
Bloom Season: Long and constant repeat blooming, from mid spring through summer & autumn.
September to April approx.
Fragrance: Aromatic foliage, but flowers have little scent.
Cut flowers: No.
Position: Full Sun is optimum, though a little dappled shade can be tolerated. Suits coastal, hot or dry gardens.
Water: Water wise. Drought resistant once established.
Frost: Tolerates light frosts to approx. -3C.
Will need overhead shelter in harder frost areas. If plant is frosted, then hose down with water before the sun strikes.
Soil: Tolerates a wide range of soils – including acid and alkaline. But soil must always be well drained. Particularly suited to sandy soils and coastal positions.
Growth: Evergreen, neat, rounded, shrubby perennial.
Care & Maintenance: Easy care, low maintenance.
Pests & Diseases: Rarely troubled by pests or diseases.
Pruning: Can be pruned back by 2/3 to shape in autumn or spring, if needed, but not essential.
Fertilizer: Do not over-fertilize. Quality fertilizer, such as Powerfeed, can be applied sparingly in spring. This plant is not a heavy feeder.
We recommend to water in with Seasol at planting, and regularly after to help protect against frost, wind and heat.
Container: Hardy & easy in a pot.
Bees, Birds & Pollinators: Flowers are very attractive to bees, butterflies, honey eating native birds, and other beneficial pollinators. The long and prolific blooming period means there is abundant nectar for bees and birds over many months.
Rabbits & Deer Resistance: Unlikely to be bothered by either rabbits or deer, as they dislike the taste of the aromatic foliage.
Pet Friendly: No known ill effects for pets.
Herbal & History: We owe a debt of thanks to the Kiwis for this excellent and very useful plant. It was discovered as a chance seedling in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. It caught the eye of the gardeners with its pretty colour, abundant flowering, and neat habits. And so they nurtured their happy accident, and it went on to become one of the most popular Salvias for home gardeners throughout Australia and New Zealand and right around the world.
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