Salvia ‘Penny’s Smile’

This is a beautiful Salvia found by my late friend and Salvia collector, Robin Middleton. See here 

It has proved to be a very popular one, now sold by several nurserymen in Britain!

It came from seed found on the cross Salvia ‘Silkes Dream’ see here 

This was the most vigorous seedling, which Robin grew on and gave it the name I suggested to him in honour of my dear friend Penny, who was a beautiful girl and left this world far too young.

She really loved the salvias of which I planted several in her late gardens. And she particularly loved this colour; so a more apt tribute couldn’t be found! To my surprise it has survived many cold winters here in the Midlands. But some shelter would be recommended.

Penny’s Smile’ is a bushy, upright plant to 1.2m high, evergreen if not cut back by frost, with small, aromatic, pale to mid-green leaves. It has large, showy individual flowers, similar size as one of its known parent, ‘Silkes Dream’ and the inflorescences are also well above the foliage and with many flowers for a long flowering season!

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