Salvia urica - 9cm pot
Smaller but exquisitely beautiful intense blue flowers, each with a flared lower lip, appear from early summer right through until winter, the colour changing from deep indigo to a lighter shade depending on the sunshine. The softly hairy leaves are tinted gold when they first emerge in spring from their winter dormancy, creating a fabulous contrast before changing slowly to mid green. Hardy to light frosts although mine survives quite happily below ground in heavy frost. Prefers a half day of sun with added compost or leafy mulch in the heat of summer. Flowering size 80-100cm high and wide (it can be fast growing and will achieve this size by summer). 9cm pot.