Salvia splendens ‘Van Houttei’ - April 2018 Plant of the Month
This Salvia is at its best during Summer, Autumn and into the early stages of Winter, in its loosely shrubby, perennial form. It grows to about 1 - 1.5 x 1 - 1.2 m approx. It has limey green foliage and its flowers are quite large and a very attractive crimson/maroon colour with the calyx a deeper maroon red. It is best grown in a protected position, with morning sun (but good indirect light or light shade) and away from strong winds and hot sun.
It prefers some moisture, compost-rich soil and is certainly a stunner in full bloom! Remove spent flowers to extend the flowering period and give a light prune by about one third in Spring as the plant begins to show new growth, or to new shoots back along the stem - hard pruning can lose this plant. It is not frost tolerant.
The Growing Friends have good stock of this wonderful and colourful Salvia.