‘The Salvia colour you’ve been missing in your garden’

Salvia ‘Crystal Blue’ – photo: Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants

Salvia ‘Crystal Blue’ – photo: Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

“Sometimes the best breakthroughs in plant genetics happen through traditional hybridizing, and sometimes they are happy accidents. Such was the case for Salvia ‘Crystal Blue’”, says Rosa Hardy from Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. This English nursery submits the new Salvia to the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 which will be held May 23-27 in London. She explains how ‘Crystal Blue’ was discovered in a field of Salvia ‘May Night’ in Lake of the Hills by Jerry Van Der Kolk of Michigan (US). “He knew he had something special when he saw the unique light sky blue flower colour. Jerry brought his discovery to Walters Gardens, Inc., also of Michigan, and they agreed with Jerry’s assessment and introduced the plant for him.”
In the US Plant Patent for ‘Crystal Blue’ was granted in January 2016 and the new variety was brought onto the market as a Proven Winners item. In the catalog of Proven Winners ‘Crystal Blue’ is described as a colourful perennial which produces cool sky blue flower spikes atop the neatly mounded, aromatic foliage. “Lovely when planted in drifts and this Salvia attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.”
Rosa Hardy underscores that the pastel blue colour of the flowers blends perfectly with almost any plant. “It’s just the colour you’ve been missing in your garden.”