Australian hybrid Salvia 'Meigan's Magic' (height 1.4 m, width 1.4 m) is a plant I acquired in 2010 from the Collectors' Plant Fair at Bilpin. I had heard it was a good one from various friends and it has not disappointed me. It is similar to Salvia 'Phyllis' Fancy' but is more compact and its flowers have a more striking contrast, with crisp white blooms held in inky-blue calyces on dramatic dark stems.
It seems to be an autumn-bloomer, joining the many other Salvia in flower at that time; however, it has a few flower spikes through summer too. It is possibly a seedling of Salvia 'Anthony Parker'. It is considered to be drought hardy. It mixes with any other colour in the garden - be they pastels or hot colours. I have echoed the whiteness of the flower with the pure white blooms of Rhinacanthus species, by growing them nearby each other. I think 'Meigan's Magic' will be a good addition to the array of shrubby Salvia that grow so easily in our Sydney climate. It grows in sun or light shade.
This Salvia should be cut back in winter once the new growth can be seen at its base: remove all the old woody stems at ground level. 'Meigan's Magic' forms a big, woody base as it gets older. Every few years, it can be a good idea to either chop out some of the base or else start anew with a fresh plant.