Sometimes it's easy to pick a favorite and sometimes not. Choosing my favorite color for some reason has always been pretty easy. While I like all the colors my favorite has been purple for as long as I can remember. That's why I took notice when Salvia 'Amistad' began appearing in gardening blogs and online gardening articles about two years ago. It's also why I chose it for my favorite plant this week and am joining Loree at Danger Garden in posting on my favorite plant... this week.
Purple is easy to find in bulbs like tulips and iris but not so easy in flowers that will bloom all summer in a hot climate like San Antonio. Salvia 'Amistad' is a very deep purple similar to those dark tulips I like and I wanted it for my garden as soon as I saw it. Last summer that was not to be but on a recent gardening field trip to Dripping Springs I spotted it at Vivero Growers and knew I had to buy it right then and there. Vivero always has great plants in top condition, just look at this beauty all ready to plant!
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Hummingbirds love it and fight over it just like the feeder. I even saw a bee trying to crawl deep into those flowers.
As if all that purple-y goodness wasn't enough the flowers have a deep black calyx for emphasis.
It's no surprise that it is a Salvia guaranitica as are two of my other favorites in the garden--Salvia Mexicana and Salvia 'Black and Blue'. It even has a touch of that typical lime green foliage which sets off the flowers just right. Like the other Salvia guaraniticas in my garden, the deer haven't bothered it and it is cold hardy to about 18F which is pretty good although we have seen colder here recently.
You can join in and find out what other garden bloggers are choosing as their favorite plant by checking out Danger Garden. I like the idea of choosing a favorite a week, that way I can always change my mind and pick a new favorite....next week.