Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

SKU: S77718
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Common Name: Sage
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: May-Oct
Mature Height: 2-4' Spacing: 24-36"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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In spring, our Director of Horticulture loves to plant the vigorous Australian Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' next to his back porch. Each morning as he sits outside enjoying his coffee, he watches the hummingbirds savor the sweet nectar from the tubular blossoms. Right up until frost, ‘Wendy’s Wish’ throws spike after spike of vivid magenta-pink blooms with fluted tips on maroon stems. Plants have a mounding habit and will fill in nicely at the edge of a deck or porch, perfect spots for viewing the aerial antics of your winged visitors. PP 21,889

Pollinators and hummingbirds love the spikes of densely packed Salvia flowers which come in a range of colors: white, pink, red, purple and blue. Long-lasting Salvia blooms can extend from late spring into fall with dependable color. Salvias are especially valuable where summers are hot and dry, for they ignore heat and go steadily about the business of making flowers. Because some Salvias endure colder climates better than others, we classify certain varieties as Perennial Salvia and other less hardy varieties as Annual Salvia. The genus Salvia is part of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, so most all have square stems and a strong scent when their leaves are crushed.

We categorize this plant as an 'Annual' because it does not survive winter here in our Zone 6 location in Connecticut, so we enjoy a single season display. This plant is truly a tender perennial and will return year after year in warmer areas of the country, perennial for Zones 9 to 11.

For more information on growing Salvia, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 Reviews) Write a Review

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Hang with Hummingbirds!

We live in Connecticut and I have hummingbirds every summer (tropical hibiscus lure them to my 20 x 40 deck). This year, for the first time, I added Salvia, wow! Instead of the usual 2 hummingbirds I had 8 or 10, different varieties. They took turns all day and all evening, it was amazing. I took so many photos, they are beautiful.
I plan to buy tons of Salvia this year and add it to the front garden too. Wish I could upload photo!

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Hummingbird heaven

I’ve planted Wendy’s Wish around my patio every year so I can bring the hummingbirds up close to watch them…so lovely to share my morning coffee with them! My bumblebees are also crazy for it, so I planted 1 by my veggie garden last summer for pollination. I also love Amistad, but in my gardens Wendy’s Wish blooms much more heavily. The color in the photos is spot-on, and gorgeous in a huge pot with other annuals from coleus, golden creeping Jenny, dragon wing begonia, fill in the blank….it’s fabulous!

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Lovely plant, but the bees hate it.

Initially I LOVED this plant. Beautiful and continuous blooms however I noticed that not a single bee, butterfly or hummingbird wanted anything to do with it.

It took me awhile to learn that this plant is sterile, by design, and as such is useless to pollinators.

While it is lovely to look at, I have a small garden and want to provide as much food for the pollinators as possible, as such..... goodbye Wendy's Wish.

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Stunning annual

What a stunner! Takes a while to get to its glory but then watch it glow in late sunlight! Last night a ruby-throated hummingbird visited. Its ruby feathers matched the flowers. Profific flowers. Give it space to spread out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

looking good

I wasn't to sure about these at first, but in time they branched out and bloomed very nicely. Pretty plant. Happy with them every where I planted them. Will probably buy again.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: sal'vee-uh

Plant Salvia in full sun and well-drained soil. For perennial varieties in Zones 5 and colder, drainage is especially important in winter. Cut back hard, to 3-4" after flowering to keep plants compact and to promote rebloom.


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