DESCRIPTION: A bushy variety with stunning spikes of long lasting pink flowers that fade to reveal burgundy calyces, for extended garden color; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or...
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DESCRIPTION: A bushy variety with stunning spikes of long lasting pink flowers that fade to reveal burgundy calyces, for extended garden color; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers

BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia x hybrida 'Lyrical Rose'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 60 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 45 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Rose pink and burgundy
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Grayish green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive up to -34.4° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Dry to moist - Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Birds & Butterflies, Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Leaves, Rabbit Resistant

Ornamental Features

Lyrical Rose Meadow Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of pink flowers with burgundy calyces rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Lyrical Rose Meadow Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lyrical Rose Meadow Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lyrical Rose Meadow Sage will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lyrical Rose Meadow Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.

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