Salvia dorisiana

This is a late winter-early spring flowering shrub from Honduras which grows up to 2 m tall. It has large velvety leaves which have a delicious scent of fruit salad, and spires of quite large hot-pink flowers. It can be pruned back in mid-summer as well as after flowering, to make it more compact. It needs some water during summer.It can cope with a degree of shade.

It can be a good companion to pink camellias, Luculia gratissima or silvery Plectranthus argentatus; shrubby daisies and pale blue or white Iris japonica are also pretty with it. I also think it could look good with the vivid pink and blue inflorescences of bromeliad Aechmea gamosepala. Its blooming time coincides with that of the pink-flowered shrub Loropetalum chinense, which provides an effective background.

Flowers in July, August, September, October.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.

 

See my special booklet ...