Posted: 07/11/2016 at 12:13
if you want a woody shrubby salvia, fairly hardy salvia check out Blue Note, Violin Music and other in the microphylla group.
however, look at Embers Wish. stunning apricot red, long flowering...still in flower here....and much more compact than Amistad. Here the tallest Amistad stands 9' tall and wide but all are over 6'.
Embers Wish is about 4' tall and wide. I have one behind geranium Rozanne and they complement each other auperbly with very low maintenance.
Love and Wishes is much the same size but, for me, Embers is far better.
the same caution about Amistad, viz., that you should take cuttings in mid summer to keep the main plant in place over winter....if you lose it you have replacements to make large plants next season.
I would avoid the out and out bone hardy salvias though....they lack the ooomph of Embers, Amistad etc.