Perennial sages are invaluable in ornamental borders for their display of spiky flowers from summer through to autumn. Salvia ‘Amistad’ is particularly floriferous, bearing unusually large, deep purple flowers with almost-black calyces and stems. It’s extremely popular with bees and makes an excellent cut flower.
For best results grow Salvia ‘Amistad’ in a sunny, sheltered spot in well-drained soil. Deadhead spent blooms regularly to encourage flowers into mid-autumn. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Plants may need protection in the harshest winters.