Well, just when you think you'll never fall in love again... bang it hits you. Yesterday I had a little time to kill so I went to Roger's Gardens as I was right in the area. Not having much time I asked my friend and horticulturist Suzanne Hetrick if there was anything new that I needed. Suzanne took me directly to a beautiful new flowering sage. Named Salvia 'Love and Wishes', it's basically a darker version of another favorite of mine, Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'. S. 'Love and Wishes' is decidedly plumy while S. 'Wendy's Wish' is more of a pink-magenta. Both are excellent hybrids as they have beautiful dark stems, colorful calix, and velvety flowers. Not to mention that they bloom all year and in my experience can do full sun to part shade with little direct light and still perform. And as with all of the bigger salvias they are hummingbird magnets. I bought one plant, but of course now I wish I had taken 4 or 5. I must be patient!
Salvia 'Love and Wishes'