Discovering a new favorite plant is just one of the joys of gardening.
I found salvia 'Wendy's Wish' at Hahn Nursery three years ago which started a love affair. It blooms all season, attracts hummingbirds and can be wintered over if protected.
Although I couldn't track down any plants last season, one of mine made if through the winter and bloomed again last year.
'Wendy's Wish' is a perennial in zone 7 and higher. Most of our area is zone 5b or 6. That's why I'm growing it as a hardy annual, it will bloom until frost. Feeding it weekly with a liquid organic fertilizer will make it happy.
I bought three plants in one gallon containers and then transplanted them to big pots for the summer.
It grows best in full sun, but will also bloom in part shade.
'Wendy's Wish' is tough, beautiful and long blooming. There isn't much more you can ask of a plant.
I left about 10 plants at the nursery. Better get them before they are gone, I doubt if they will re-stock this specialty plant.