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Salvia Hot Lips 180MM

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ – 180MM

(Not currently available to be ordered)

I am Salvia Hot Lips. My family originated from Mexico

Botanic Name: Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’

Mounding – Long flowering

I am an evergreen perennial with a tightly branched form, and small mid green leaves on dark stems.

My name ‘Hot Lips’ comes from my prolific and eye catching blooms being two tone brilliant true red and bright white. My flowers can also be cut to be enjoyed indoors. My flowers attract nectar feeding birds and my foliage pleasantly aromatic.

Growing to around a metre I love a bright and sunny location. I have minimal water requirements once established. I am also happy when grown in pots, a great way to brighten up paved areas.

I am fast growing and require minimal maintenance but do benefit from a hard cutback in autumn and a light feed in spring for an optimal floral display and bushiness.

Full Sun to Part Shade (4+ hours of direct sun)
Height: 1m Width: 0.9m
(Can be kept trimmed to Height: 0.6m Width: 0.6m)
I need moderate water once established
Scented Foliage
Fast growing, tolerant of most soils and hardy I cope with dry conditions and extremes of temperature
I am popular and will make you happy because…
My foliage is naturally bushy and has a pleasant blackcurrent aroma when crushed or brushed past
My lipstick red and white flowers bloom in all but the coolest months and flower all year in a warm location
I attract bees, butterflies and beneficial insects

    Plant me:

  • in pots and other containers
  • in garden beds and general landscaping
  • to be cut flowers to be enjoyed indoors
  • in fragrant and sensory gardens

Tips for success…

I respond well to pruning and a hard cut back in the autumn is beneficial
Plant me 60cm apart
100% Recyclable Pot and Label
Most pots and labels made from 100% recycled polypropylene

Plant family: Laminaceae
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What is the Small Spaces™ Collection

No matter how Narrow & Small your modern urban space is, you can create a lush & colourful garden or courtyard.

Combine the habits of Upright, Mounding & Trailing for easy colourful arrangements in pots, containers or garden beds.

Available in 140mm, 180mm and 200mm pots

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Upright - Mounding - Trailing

A simple recipe to create professional-looking plants and garden designs

By having the plants divided in the three types, Upright, Mounding or Trailing, we remove the intimidation factor to create your own gardening designs.


Upright plants

Also called thrillers, are the big, bold focal point, the centerpiece plant for your design. This plant provides an eye-catching vertical element.

You first select your Upright plant, which usually will be the tallest plants, and the starting point of your design.
Then, when is time to plant, the Upright plant goes in the center if your pot that will be viewed from all sides.
You planted in the back of a pot, or the back of a garden bed, depending on your focal point.

A great upright choice is tall ornamental grasses such as purple fountain grass or liriopes. You can find them under our Mighty Tuff® collection. Or you can use anigozanthos from our Nature's Nectar®.
Small Spaces offers a collection of flowering plants ideal to use as thrillers, such are Cannas, Alstroemerias, Mandevilleas or you can even use some dwarf pittosporums


Mounding plants

Also called fillers, are mid-size, mounding, or rounded plants that surround and complement but not overwhelm the upright plant and fill the space in the planter or garden. You can use one filler or opt for two or three different plants in your container or garden design. Pick colours that complement your Upright Plant, or different textures, like a round-leaved mounding plant with a spiky Upright plant.

Often, they help by hiding the bare knees, the less interesting stems or stalks of the Upright plants

The difficult part is selecting the plant from so many choices, but a few suggestions include: cupheas, salvias, scaevolas, pelargoniums, etc.


Trailing plants

Also called spillers, are splashy plants that cascade and tumble over the sides of containers or cascaiding down a wall .

Even though the main rule of this plants is to sprawl over the side of the pots, sometimes it's fun to unify a composition by training a few tendrils of a Trailing plant to climb into and through both the Mounding and Upright plants.

You can use some of this varieties as Trailing plants: ajugas, campanulas, lotus Red Flash, lobelias, Veronica Oxford Blue, etc.

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