Salvia 'Amistad'

If I was only allowed to take one plant to a desert island, this would be in the running. More
1 x 9cm plant 190503-1 £5.95 Delivery mid April
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3 x 9cm plants 190503-3 £15.95 Delivery mid April
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1 x 2 litre plant 190503-2L £14.95 Delivery mid April
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If I was only allowed to take one plant to a desert island, this would be in the running. It flowers May to November with petals cut from silk velvet. It is unfussy and easy to grow in a pot or border.

Genus Salvia
Variety Amistad
Type Tender Perennial
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 1.5m (5ft)
Spacing 60cm (24in)
Flowering May - November
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Salvia 'Amistad' reviews

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Lynne

Well packaged and have made super plants

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Reviewed 6th August 2019 by Hilary

These plants are very strong and vigorous, slightly too much for my tubs as they put grew the dahlias they were with. In the end I took them out and just left the fountain grass in.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Norman

plants packaged correct.plants were good inside.in the ground and doing great.as sarah said one you want to keep.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Mrs Traherne

Love them and will purchase more.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Edwina

good strong plant has grown on well

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Jonathan

Smallish plants to start with but they grew on to full size and are in bloom now.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Susan

The plants arrived beautifully packed, in excellent condition and looking very healthy. They have grown very well and are providing lots of colour in my summer border.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Val

Absolutely fab, has settled in and romper away!

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Kathryn

These put on tremendous growth straight away, overcoming being nibbled by slugs and snails (they beasts even snapped off some of the early flower heads). Many flowers by August and more to come.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Gill

Lovely plant very healthy

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Mary

Delighted with products,they were well packed and quickly delivered

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Richard

Have performed well and grown into substantial plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Melissa

Beautiful colour, but drop their flowers all over the place. I have them in a large patio pot, and the dead flowers are scattered all over the neighboring pot plants. Probably best on the border, would not recommend in pots.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Fiona

planted and grown on beautifully. amazing colour - gets lots of comments.
Good service an delivery,

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Annie

Plants arrived in fantastic condition, really well protected by cleverly designed cardboard packaging - well done! The world needs more of this thinking.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Shirley

The plants were a good size and were packed very well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Duncan

Really pleased with the salvias

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lynsey

fantastically fast delivery, and all plants really very well protected during delivery so arrived in excellent order. I like that instructions come so you can give the plant the best start at home.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jo Williams

not as bushy as i expected but i think that's my fault! beautiful colour

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alison

Lovely sturdy plants on arrival. Have bedded in well with beautiful flowers and the promise of more to come.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Daphne

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

Love this plant love the colour and good quality plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ruth

Arrived in a good state and have established wonderfully since then

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Adele

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Marie

Gorgeous, statuesque plant. Very healthy and thriving!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Dr Yeates

its fine as last year. I'm growing it in a pot..

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Joan

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Andreea

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Cass

Gorgeous. Striking purple flowers on a super strong plant that has thrived since being planted. Very pleased.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathy

Stunning plants! I want more! I have them in a planter and they look fabulous. Much admired by visitors.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

These plans are brilliant if you want something that thrives on benevolent neglect.
I got some last year which thrived through drought in a north west facing garden near to a fence.
I took cuttings which I planted out in May and bought some more to add to the show.
They are deep purple and last for ages.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Carol

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Paul

Good healthy plants that have grown very well, would happily buy again

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

Healthy plant, and foolproof. Flowers all summer. 4 stars because of plastic package. I have received plants wrapped in newspaper from other sellers which are fine.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

As akways good service and an excellent plant.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Ann

I have recently bought four salvia plants and I am very pleased with the plants and packaging. No complaints. Thank you.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Dr Earl

Good plant, presuming it will reach full size next year...currently about half of stated height, but flowering well.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jan

It is strong and beautiful! Grew much more than I thought it would in first year!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by May

Spectacular plants, strong and continuing blooms

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jennifer

These plants have all grown very well and look good

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Patsy

Too large for containers, I’ve emailed you separately.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Pauline

Wasn't expecting much from 9cm pots in the first year but these quickly grew into beautiful plants which were healthy and very large.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Anne

Strong, healthy, well packed plants that have grown on to develop into beautiful blooms.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Janet

The delivery and packaging were super...thriving plants 3 months on

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

When the salvia arrived the lead shoot had broken. I phoned and the plant was replaced. Its been a really beautiful plant

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Malcolm

Excellent colour and went well in my white and pink border

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Judith

Plants arrived well packaged. They were very healthy though one was considerably smaller than the other two. However now that they are in the garden they have grown vigorously, are all the same size and actually bigger than I thought they would be. I will probably reposition one next year given the size they have grown to. I'm very pleased with them and on the basis of these would definitely buy more plants from Sarah Raven.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Glynis

Given lots of stunning purple flowers and they were sent out in good condition.

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Reviewed 14th June 2019 by Anne

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Reviewed 1st June 2019 by Katherine

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Reviewed 8th January 2019 by Sue

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Reviewed 28th November 2018 by Claire

Fantastic growth. Reached 1 meter high in their first year and very bushy too, flowering constantly. Now waiting to see how well they survive winter.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Breda

Very happy with my plant, loads of flowers, happy bees.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Jacqueline

Excellent service and we have been delighted with the Salvia.
It is a strong and healthy plant and is still blooming in the garden giving us much needed colour at this time of year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Corinne

I’ve kept this plant in a pot and it is still in flower. Hopefully it will survive the winter.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Caroline

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Sara

I bought this to replace the same plant which I thought had died over the winter. I swear as soon as my lovely new one arrived the other suddenly seemed to grow - so I ended up with 2. Fantastic looking plant so I am quite happy. Lasts so long with the fabulous purple colour spikes.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Jennifer

See above - ordered at the same time

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Ingrid

Service excellent, plants arrived in good condition and, as soon as the weather suited them, they grew like mad and produced dozens of lovely flower spikes of the beautiful velvety purple/blue salvia flowers. Bees loved them. I've taken a couple of slips and they seem to have rooted already! Great plants all round.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Angela

A carefully packaged, healthy plant that has grown strongly this summer

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Georgia

Lovely healthy plants, which are still flowering in November. I struggle to get Amistad to over winter but have taken cuttings so hope to see those again next year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Sally

Prompt and efficient ordering and delivery. The plants have been brilliant - flowering all summer and still good now in November.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Carolyn

it arrived promptly and it is still flowering!

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Sally

very happy but I particularly love the Salvia Amistad, the first year of planting they grew so large and flowered well over a long season. Highly recommend that variety

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Mary

They came in good condition and grew well through the summer.They are still in flower in November!

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Hilary

Healthy and attractive plants

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Reviewed 20th November 2018 by Ann

Perfect plant well grown wonderful colour. Again have taken cuttings just in case it does not survive the winter. Thank you 3 out of 4 is very good indeed.

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Reviewed 16th November 2018 by Irana

Love these plants. Looked a little small to begin with but soon grew to be magnificent with an abundance of beautiful flowers. Much admired by neighbours and bees!

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Teresa

These plants arrived in good condition and even though they arrived in extremely hot weather with constant watering in my sandy soil they grew to huge proportions and are still flowering in mid November. I would thoroughly recommend them.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Carol

Has flowered non stop for months and is still going strong. A beautiful purple colour.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Anna

Quality better than expected. Size, colour and length of time flowering impressive.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Sheena

Still flowering and only mistake I made not putting nearer back of border so will shift them

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Marian

Good condition on arrival. Still flowering in November

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Kate

I have never grown salvias before and have been absolutely delighted with Amistad. Beautiful colour and strong healthy plant.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Andrea

They were(are) amazing, still going strong.

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Rosemary

This one has been amazing. It survived early challenges of (a) slug damage and (b) drying out in the heat while we were away and not being properly watered and then made a good recovery still in the pot. Planted out it has gone from strength to strength and is beautiful now. Will buy another to keep it company.

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Piers

Good packing and delivery service

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Sandra

Good healthy plant , well packaged, growing well

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Angela

These plants arrived in excellent condition. They survived the dry hot summer and flourished in September/October. In fact, they are still in bloom. The Amsted has received compliments from all of my guests.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Pat

Once again the service and the plants were excellent. I bought them because Sarah said they were a great plant and I have to agree. The bees love them and I love the colour especially against blue agapanthus and orange dahlias. All the dahlias came from you and although It’s the first time I’d grown and I’m totally besotted.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Susan

I love this plant, it is still flowering in November, a really good buy!

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Janice

Would have given this 6 stars . Marvellous plant that grew to 5feet and is still in full flower on 7 November .

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Susan

S. Amistead arrived healthy and in perfect condition. Has proved to be a beautiful plant, flowering well into late October. Fabulous deeply purple velvety flowers

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Sarah

Absolutely stunning plant which is still flowering (now into November).
Would like a bit more info on plant description/advice around pruning but otherwise great.

A great show

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Reviewed 3rd November 2018 by Tracey McCulloch

Incredible plant. They have not stop flowering. Just tailing off now but they have been incredible. Be warned make a bit of room though - they grow very much larger than I expected.

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Reviewed 25th October 2018 by Nicky

Brilliant display from salvias this summer/autumn

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Reviewed 14th October 2018 by Helen

Plants ok, but lasted just 2 days before they all died, so not as hardy as they should have been according to the website.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review, sorry to hear your Salvia Amistad were disappointing. As mentioned online these are a tender Perennial so do need to be protected from any frosts. If you would like to discuss this further please contact our Customer Services team at info@sarahraven.com."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Vanessa

Wow - these plants have grown and grown this summer, none stop flowers from spring and are still flowering now in mid October. They have put up with a lot of bad weather inbetween the sunshine and never flopped or been damaged. The bees and other insects love tthem!

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Ada

This has also been very good, but is now getting slightly overgrown and tatty, shcall buy again next year.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Penelope

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Reviewed 5th October 2018 by Linda

I bought these last year and had a wonderful display. Planted them in a pot this year and had another excellent flowering that gained much praise from friends and neighbours.

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Diane

Grown tall and strong, healthy and a show stopper.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Chris

Fast delivery and plants arrived healthy and have grown well

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Susan

Oh Wow!! These have been amazing. They are still flowering at about 6 feet tall. As long as there is protection from slugs to begin with ( I used copper rings) they are fine. I grow them with white Gaura and deep pink Cleome and orange Canna Lillies with a raised background of Perovskia. What a treat and much admired.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Keith

Great plants have flowered strongly with a second showing.

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Reviewed 29th September 2018 by Janet

A Beautiful addition to the garden it’s in full flower now , lovely deep purple.l will be buying more .So yes very pleased, can’t fault the service the plants arrived well packed as with all the plants and bulbs l have purchased.So l have already recommended your plants to my friends.

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Suzy

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Ruth

One of the three plants has been very good; flowered consistently.
The other two plants have looked sickly until the last couple of weeks when there has been green growth but no flowers.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your salvia 'Amistad' and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Sheena

It was in good condition when it arrived, for a tender plant and has grown very well. Still in flower and I have lots of cuttings for a good how next year.

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Anne

From a slow start the plant has been a great success

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Jane

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Sheila

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Elisabeth

This arrived in good condition and has grown well. It has flowered continuously all summer and is still going strong! It adds a good bit of height to a border, just make sure you give it enough space (1m min) as it spreads out quite wide too. The lovely scented foliage is a bonus.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Irene

Considering the summer we have had this has done extremely well.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Mary

Brilliant! They flowered early and are still flowering

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Pauline

Good plants, but a tendency to be a little 'leggy' they need to be supported either by neighbouring plants or canes.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jill

I’ve grown this before and it was more vigorous. It was not helped by a slug assault in the position that I chose. But they have survived. Maybe they’ll be fab next yearif they survive the winter

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by John

The plants arrived promptly and in excellent condition. They have been in flower for months and look like they will continue to do so up until the first frosts. An excellent addition to my border.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by June

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by David

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julia

Excellent performancers flowered all summer with regular deadheading

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sarah

It looks spectacular and did well inspite of heat and drought; some water given. Still flowering.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Tracey

Gorgeous. Beware it goes very big! It is still flowering and I did not expect such a wonderful plant from the small plant that came.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Diane

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Liz

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Helen

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Geraldine

Going well flowered for ages

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Reviewed 15th September 2018 by Belinda

All the plants arrive with the greatest care in packaging to arrive in pristine condition you always feel you have received something really special

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Beryl

Sarah’s favourite, and now mine too. Velvet purple flowers non-stop throughout the season.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Marisa

Fabulous! Grown beyond belief

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Cathy

As with the buddleia, this was slow to get going, probably due to hot weather, although I kept it well watered. Lovely long purple spikes of flowers throughout the summer.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Fran

2 of them doing very well, 1 has been eaten by some insect, have sprayed it so it should be fine, the insect could be from my garden so may not be your fault

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Dawn

The order arrived quickly - it was a nice strong plant - I took some cuttings before I planted it and the Salvia 'Amistad' is growing well and producing excellent blooms as per the description in the catalogue and on line. Another great buy from Sarah

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Hannah

All plants excellent quality & value, arrived promptly & exceptionally packed with detailed care instructions. Brilliant all round service & have ordered more now & no doubt will again in the future. Happy customer.

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Gillian

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Harriet

They just bolted away as soon as I put them in the ground and are looking fantastic still. I'm hopine to take cuttings from them.

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Aileen

Very efficient service and most importantly the salvia Amistad is doing very well. Has grown and flowered very well this summer.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Holly

The replacement plant supplied has been excellent - rapid growth and stunning deep purple flowers which have given weeks of pleasure. However this was a replacement plant as the original plant was supplied with 3 of the 4 stems snapped off by careless/poor delivery. So to sum up, wonderful plants but you might want to review how these plants are being delivered to your customers.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Tony

Fantastic salvia, dark and rich colour, tall and erect, long season (still flowering in September). Prompt delivery on this order (some others have been tardy).

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Jill

Filled the space well and still looking good!

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Davies

Have grown too much in the place i planted them. I did not expect they would grow this high

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Susan

adds a bit of pazzazz to my mixed boarder. Nice lime green foliage and deep purple flowers. Abit slow to get going though. And will it survive the winter. Only 1 non-flowering shoot for cuttings. As usual, customer service was excellent re delivery round holidays.

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Reviewed 31st August 2018 by Helen

Sturdy plants and doing well although quite late

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Reviewed 30th August 2018 by Susan

This has been amazing, the colour is superb,it has continued to flower and holds up well in the hot sun or rain, and still looks really good,very pleased

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by George

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Leslie

I have a different salvia which has done pleasingly well. So, I was not sure about "Amistad". She did extremely well with excellent growth and plenty of blossoms.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Miriam

Grew well and flowered but not prolifically. Super colour.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Marianne

Although this plant was good and healthy because of the extreme weather suffered a little but I am sure it will be fine next year. When in bloom it was lovely but was over quite quickly.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Caroline

Superb plants

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Reviewed 6th August 2018 by Yoshiko Harrop

Received 3 x 9cm plants in top condition.
All the plants from Sarah’s are excellent, but these are superb!
They are about to flower on arrival, and ever since they were planted, they don’t stop flowering.
Like Sarah, I do recommend this, too !

Great Condition

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Reviewed 23rd March 2018 by Neil Sharpe

Wow, I have got used to getting plants through the post, but these were superb. Three large plants in top condition. They certainly have got the best start.
Thanks Sarah

Dark and mysterious

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Reviewed 13th August 2017 by Irene Spencer-Woods

Have two of these and they are really coming in to their own now after a slow start. The blooms are very dark purple and definitely have a gothic look. Some of the leaves became lacey but I think that was lack of water! Watering can at the ready now. Would buy again.

just don't cut it

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Reviewed 5th January 2017 by Kimberley Reeman

Tall, vigorous, and wonderful ultramarine colour. Unfortunately you may be tempted to cut it for the vase, just because of that gorgeous blue. Be warned, though: it drops like mad. You'll have blue petals everywhere.

Fantastic colour

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Reviewed 24th June 2016 by Jean Williams

Loved this salvia with totally Tangerine Dahlias, had a problem with the panicum frosted explosion so added some Cerinthe to the pot, Super.