This Brazilian salvia is a reintroduction into the garden, having lost our previous specimen a few years ago (to the frost not just mislaid somewhere beneath a particularly rampant geranium). Previously I wasn’t totally convinced by the colour of the flowers but this year I am totally smitten. These velour covered blooms are an unusual orangey/pinky/red held on a deep pinky/red stem. The leaves have a curious scent when crushed, it has been suggested there is a semblance to cooked meat but I’m not convinced. The marketing people have quite sensibly decided not to use Eau de Spam as a selling point. It has enjoyed the glorious summer and is still flowering well when many around have retired for the season. Purchased at the horticultural candy shop called Sampford Shrubs, it is definitely a keeper.