Hinton Ampner Garden

Salvia patens 'Guanajuato'


The Main Terrace


Salvia patens has been known since the 1830s but its cultivar 'Guanajuato' was only discovered in 1991. Native to Guanajuato, in Mexico, this perennial has large spikes of a turquoise-blue claw-shaped blooms for an extended period. When established it can form a large tall clump but is late to emerge in the spring.

Site and Care:

S. patens is not reliably hardy and dislikes a wet winter more than a cold one. Positioning on a sunny wall usually provides the winter-dryness it needs. It is trouble-free & low-management but does require a well-drained soil and will withstand moderate drought. Propagation is by division or cuttings in late summer.