Sparkle produces mass displays of deep mauve/pink with white throat flowers throughout the warm months. An aromatic evergreen compact shrub, so easy to grow, very long bloom period, and very tolerant of dry hot conditions. The Heatwave Salvia’s are a cross of microphylla x greggii, eliminating the variable range of habits and lack of garden hardiness associated with so many of the straight Salvia greggii forms in the market. These plants are very tight in habit and appearance.
Suggested Uses: fast results for new gardens, lengthy color for mixed borders, container displays, coastal zones and poolside landscaping. Pretty in cottage or wildflower style gardens. Also nice for a flowering hedge.
Ideal for water wise gardening. Xeriscape gardening Deer proof! Great for attracting birds and bees to the garden. Ease of care for City and roadside landscape.
Color: deep mauve/ pink with white throat
Blooming season: spring, summer and fall
Mature Size: H 70 cm x W 1 metre
Inventor: Howard Bentley and Steve Eggelton of Australia
Care: Full sun to part shade. Will take dry and extreme heat, bred to meet the Australian climate. Tolerates most soil types that are free draining. Once established it requires only minimum watering and a single feed in spring with a general purpose fertilizer. After a main flowering flush, trim the plant by half to encourage further flowering and density.