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Salvia Roman Red


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Great for wildlife
Attracts Wildlife
40cm x 40cm
Fully Hardy
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Salvia Roman Red is a true Soldier in your landscape, stands tall and Hardy. Your Roman Red Soldier relentlessly does its shift in the garden and boy does it leave an impact!

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Salvia Roman Red is an upright hardy semi-woody perennial that supplies an abundance of ruby red blooms. The deciduous evergreen display of foliage are mid-dark green leaves which are occasionally used as a herb to flavour meat or vegetables or other culinary meals, drinks and baking. This soldier of the garden carries out its work seriously; flowering with its upright ruby red blooms continuously from July to October. As a result, this striking Salvia holds an RHS Plants for Pollinators registration due to the declining wildlife that is attracted to its nectar rich blooms. The impactful hardy perennial is a delight in a wide selection of gardens. Its versatile aesthetic will suit; Coastal or Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens, Mediterranean Gardens, Patios or containers or low maintenance spaces. The compact height makes it ideal for under planting in your flower beds, beneath larger shrubs and roses but also can be used as a hedge. Mirage Roman Red is hardy, and once established, is drought-tolerant making it very low maintenance. Requiring only a light prune and dead head of spent flowers it’s a glorious impactful plant to add your garden that adds flowers to your space from July right through until the first frost in around October. As Salvia are drought tolerant once established it makes a perfect addition to a low maintenance space or for the end of the garden where the hosepipe doesn’t quite reach.

Planting Conditions

Salvia Roman Red likes any position in the garden with a full level of sun. It will survive slightly sheltered or exposed positions and if being treated as an annual will require removing after the first frost. Salvias excel well in rich, fertile soils; provided they are moist, but well-drained. Adding sand or grit to your soil will help the conditions along for this striking little perennial. Planting at the front of borders will support its search for full sunshine.

Watering & Feeding

Salvias can get all the moisture they need from rainfall; as once they are established, they are drought tolerant. This means that they are minimal maintenance if planted into your flowerbeds. Often, intense heat in high Summer months would be the only time they would require an extra watering. Whilst establishing we recommend regular watering if your Salvia is placed in a pot or container until drought resistant. The best way to fertilise your Salvia Roman Red is to mulch annually in Springtime with a generous layer of well-rotted manure or garden compost of around 2-3 inches and to grow in moderately light, fertile soil which is well drained.

General Care

For perfect flower power, it is advisable to remove spent flowers once they fade and your Salvia will be encouraged to continue producing its impactful blooms right through until the first frost in around September to October. To prevent your Roman Red becoming too woody we recommend light pruning and if used as a hedge we advise a light trim after flowering. Pests to look out for, for your Roman Red are Brown scale and Rosemary leaf beetle.