Salvia pratensis ‘Twilight Serenade’
TWILIGHT SERENADE SAGE
Salvia pratensis ‘Twilight Serenade’ bears graceful, plentiful spires of deep indigo-blue.
With vivid showy blooms and a long flowering season through summer and autumn.
Long blooming with graceful & plentiful indigo-blue spires
And the clump can be kept in almost constant bloom through the warm months by trimming off spent spires, or harvesting for cut flowers, which encourages even faster re-blooming.
The foliage forms a neat, ground-hugging rosette. While the flowers stand proud above on elegant, long stems.
So the effect in bloom is very airy, open and transparent, while also being showy and intense in colour.
Scented cut flowers
Both flowers and foliage have a pleasant scent, and the long stemmed flower spikes make good cut flowers.
Easily grown & trouble free
Salvia pratensis ‘Twilight Serenade’ is easily grown and trouble free.
Because it is very forgiving about conditions including tolerating heat and humidity particularly well.
As well as being robustly frost hardy down to approx. -20°C
It prefers to be grown in Full Sun, though it can also tolerate Partial Shade well.
Salvia pratensis is also forgiving about soils and will cope a wide range of soil types, from acid to alkaline lime based soils.
However it grows to perfection in any well drained soil with some extra compost and mulch added.
Bees & birds adore while rabbits & deer do not
Salvia pratensis ‘Twilight Serenade’ is rarely if ever troubled by pests and diseases.
Even rabbits and deer do not find it palatable because of the volatile oils in the aromatic foliage.
However native honey-eater birds, bees and friendly pollinator insects adore the flowers because they provide such a long blooming season of nutritious nectar.
Salvia pratensis forms an evergreen, hardy perennial clump.
75cm. High in graceful flower spikes x 45cm. Wide neat rosette of ground-hugging, evergreen, broad foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow in punnets indoors at any time.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds to the mix surface, to ensure good contact.
But do not cover the seeds with mix, because these seeds need light for germination.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath.
And allow the moisture to percolate through to the surface of the mix from below.
Now place the punnet in a warm, well -lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 15°-20°C are best for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a heat bed if you have one to maintain warmth, but it is not essential. A warm, sheltered window sill will do nicely.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
Cover with a clear plastic lid to help maintain moisture.
Seedlings emerge in 14-30 days approx.
Then you can remove the plastic cover to allow air flow.
Grow on until seedlings develop their first set of true leaves, when they are ready to prick out into pots. Grow on until ready to plant in the garden.
SEED COUNT: 15 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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