Amethyst Lips Sage Plants
- Colour: White & wine purple
- Flowering: Jul-Sep
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Height: 50 x 45cm
- Position: Sunny, sheltered
- Soil: Any but heavy clay
- RHS Plants for Pollinators
Salvia greggii 'Amethyst Lips' 2 Litre Potted Plants
Amethyst Lips Sage is a bushy, twiggy variety with charming little flowers that vary in colour over the season: sometimes all rich purple, sometimes half white, half purple. They are in flower at least June to August, but in a cosy, sheltered spot they will go on for much longer. To about 60cm tall.
- Colour: Variable bicolour, purple & white
- Flowering: May / June to August / September.
- Foliage: Mid green leaves.
- Height: 60cm.
- Position: Full sun.
- Soil: Any except heavy clay.
- RHS Plants for Pollinators
- Culinary herb
Growing Amethyst Lips Salvia
Salvias need close to full sun, and will grow near the coast in exposed locations. They are fully hardy, although their flowering season will be shortened somewhat in cold and windy places. They are happy on chalk, and like a light, well-drained but moist soil enriched with humus that doesn't remain wet in winter, so heavy clay is not good. They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers. Established plants are drought resistant, but still want fairly consistent moisture in dry summer periods to flower really well.
They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers.
Deadhead promptly to get the most from the flowering season, and prune out all the two-year-old growth (over about 1cm wide) in spring, ideally after the last frost, leaving the smaller shoots.
Mulch lightly every year or two, ideally after a heavy spring rain when the soil has warmed up. Salvias don't need much fertility, so a little help goes a long way.
In Your Garden Design
The striking two-tone deep purple and white flowers, sometimes white and sometimes purple, make this ideal for planting in a generous pot to create a spectacular display for several months well into autumn. They can be left to show themselves off on their own or you could soften with the likes of trailing ivy or the silver-leaved Helichrysum 'Goring Silver' planted around the edges. Calibrachoa million bells or convolvulus cneorum would look good added to the mix. In borders, combine with a lovely rose such as an Iceburg. Altogether an incredibly popular plant with garden designers.
Did You Know?
This variety was derived from Salvia Hot Lips by amateur breeder David Dyson, and is registered under the code 'dyspurp'.
Position in full sun in well-drained soil enriched with humus planting 60cm apart. Water until established then drought tolerant. Avoid spots affected by winter waterlogging. Protect from slugs. Suitable for containers.
Apply a general fertiliser and a mulch in spring. Protect against slugs and snails. Deadhead to prolong flowering. Divide in spring.