All Salvias are Blooming Machines. They never stop flowering. ‘Go-Go’s’ are bred from Salvia splendens, a native of Brazil which has been grown in our gardens as an annual for many years. It makes a great show of spectacular colour. ‘Go-Go’ Purple* and ‘Go-Go’ Scarlet* make up the team for this outstanding introduction from Aussie Winners. With ‘Go-Go’, through breeding we have sterile plants which live for two or three years and with attention keep sending up flower spikes all year long.
*PBR and PVR Pending
Salvias as a whole are splendid and showy plants. They are hardy in most situations liking strong light to grow and flower to their best.. They are used in formal and informal plantings, patio and terrace plantings and large pots. In mixed garden plantings they hold their own with their large plume like heads of bracts and flower showing up strongly amongst the shrubs around them. The actual flowers hide amongst the bracts and are pale pink to white in colour.
With a few key needs Salvias are easy to manage. They like a well-draining but fertile soil and need to be kept moist to encourage more flower. A garden or pot in full sun to part shade is best suited to growing ‘Go-Go’ Salvias to their best. You can prune to desired size at any time of the year in warmer areas. Particularly when young, pinching of the plants encourage more bracts and flowers. At regular intervals, say every 4-6 weeks go through the plants and remove the flowers that are spent. This is not absolutely necessary but does promote extra flowering. A little extra balanced fertiliser a couple of times a year is beneficial. Overall as long as these few points are supplied little extra attention is needed.
Salvia splendens grows in nature in Brazil where in some cases it can attain up to 1.2m in height. Plants generally grow on the fringes of forested areas where there is some protection from strong winds and broken light. As the plant grows it needs protection from high winds which can easily break the plants down. Mostly the stems of the plant will re-shoot and come back to flower. From earliest times Salvia splendens has been grown around dwellings for its ornamental attributes. *PBR and PVR Pending