Salvia African Sky
This is a new salvia on the scene and is said to be a hybrid found in the Auckland Botanic Gardens: a cross between two South African species, Salvia scabra and Salvia chamelaeagnea, so it is a drought-tolerant type like its parents. It forms a shrub 1-2 m tall with beautiful sky-blue flowers over a very long period. Prune in mid-August and fertilise at the same time. Note that the invasive Salvia uliginosa is sometimes sold as 'African Skies' - make sure you don't plant that one. It has very pungent-smelling foliage and is a taller plant.
Flowers in January, February, March, April, December.
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