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Salvia ‘Caradonna’


Item release date 22 July 2024.
£18.00 £15.30
Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
50cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Fully Hardy
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Salvia ‘Caradonna’ is a favourite Salvia on our nursery for its stunning deep purple spikes and long flowering period. Holding the RHS Garden Merit and Perfect for Pollinators awards, it attracts bees and butterflies, enhancing garden biodiversity as a reliable performer. Ideal plant partners include Roses, English Lavender, and ornamental grasses. Its rich colour and easy care make it perfect for borders, beds, and mixed planting schemes.

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Salvia 'Caradonna' is striking and nectar-rich, 'Caradonna' completes a wide variety of gardens with their rough grey-green leaves and violet-purple flowers that will bring all the pollinators to visit. Our Salvia 'Caradonna' is hardy and sturdy and once established, is drought-tolerant and so is perfect for the end of the garden where the hosepipe cannot quite reach. 'Caradonna' will set off a wide range of gardens including; wildlife gardens, Mediterranean climate gardens, flower borders and beds and perfect for under planting beneath your roses and shrubs. Our dear 'Caradonna' has a strong deciduous grey-green foliage with an intensely rich purple-violet colour flower. They provide a rich burst of colour in pots, containers and even window boxes. They sit in your borders just as well, underpinning your roses or shrubs and will establish themselves without need for much maintenance at all. Salvia Caradonna is a perennial so will come back each year and absolutely loves the sunshine. As well as being versatile 'Caradonna' brings a variety of pollinators, and as one of our best pollinator attractors you can see why this faithful performer is one of our most popular Salvia. Salvia 'Caradonna' is resistant to a lot of diseases and even resistant to deer and rabbits! This plant is very easy to care for and requires very little maintenance. A few things that keep them happy are sunny spots in the garden with moist but well drained soil, it’s an easy balance to find for them and they reward you with faithful return each year. It is easy to prune by deadheading the flower spikes upon fading and they will reward you with prolonged flowering all Summer long.

Planting Conditions

Salvia Caradonna likes any position in the garden with a full level of sun. They prefer the sunshine, yet will tolerate a slightly sheltered position. They grow well in rich, fertile soils provided they are moist, but well-drained. If your soil does not drain that well we advise that you can add some sand or grit when planting. You can tell if your soil is healthy if there is plenty of underground activity such as plant growth, earthworms and fungi.

Watering & Feeding

Salvias can get all the moisture they need from rainfall; once established they are drought tolerant, so they are minimal maintenance if planted into your flowerbeds. Often, intense heat would be the only time they would require an extra drink. Whilst establishing we recommend regular watering if your Caradonna is placed in a pot or container until drought resistant. The best way to fertilise your Salvia is to mulch in Spring and grow in moderately fertile, light moist and well-drained soil.

General Care

Our Salvias will relentlessly flower all Summer if you just follow a few low-maintenance steps; as flowers fade, cut the flowers away as this will encourage the plant to keep producing new plumes of bright colour. Salvias like a well-drained soil so if your soil is clay soil your Caradonna would fare better in pots, containers or even window boxes. They generally avoid pests but may suffer from slugs, snails and leafhoppers.