Salvia x 'Heatwave'
'Heatwave' Series of Autumn Sage Hybrids
So many compliments to give this autumn sage hybrid! We planted the 'Blaze' variety because I like all flowers that get close to true red. No pinks. Bonni may beg to differ on if this is true red, but most days it is.
One of the benefits of the 'Heatwave' series, which was developed in Australia, is that they hold their color through the summer and don't fade. We have certainly found this to be true. The vibrant red blooms first appear in May and will continue until frost. It is extremely heat and drought tolerant, but takes regular water as well if given good drainage. Hummingbirds visit it every morning and evening!
The foliage, like most varieties of Autumn Sage, is spicy and fragrant, so deer tend to leave it alone. Plants are mostly evergreen in mild winters, but will drop most of their foliage in a cold year. We only cut it back to clean it up in mid-March. The first summer it was planted it quickly filled out to 2' tall by 2-1/2' wide. This perennial should be in every garden!