Salvia Kisses and Wishes was discovered as a mutation in a batch of Salvia Wendy’s Wish by Sarah Knott of Southwater, West Sussex, in 2015. She worked to ensure that the plant was stable and then, together with her agent Plants For Europe Limited, established the plant in trials and production with Salvia expert William Dyson of Dyson’s Nurseries and with wholesale growers in the Netherlands and Israel.
Kisses and Wishes is being launched at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show 2018 by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants who have a double celebration this year – their 30th year of trading and the 30th wedding anniversary of nursery owners Rob and Rosy Hardy. So Salvia Kisses and Wishes seems a very appropriate plant to be launching!
Kisses and Wishes is the fourth colour in the Wish series of Salvias and joins Wendy’s Wish (purple pink), Embers Wish (bright red) and Love and Wishes (dark purple red). Fun fact: each of the Wish Salvia varieties has been bred and developed by a different breeder and Kisses and Wishes is the first to be developed outside of Australia!