Salvia Blue & White Mixed
This arresting half hardy perennial is generally grown as a half hardy annual as it is ideally suited to bedding schemes and containers. Neat bushy plants produce long lasting nectar-laden flowers which are simply loved by bees.
Planting & Harvesting
Sow & Grow
Sow indoors, January-March. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow, 0.5cm (¼") deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 20-25°C (68-77°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days. Transplant them, 5cm (2") apart, to further trays, when large enough to handle. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 23cm (9") apart, when frosts are over. Flowers: June to October.
Hint's & Tips
Bring wildlife into your garden: Much loved by nectar-feeding insects, such as butterflies, bees and a wide range of pollinating insects. Also attracts 'pest control' predators, such as hoverflies.